Some of Michigan’s most educational experiences take place outside of the classroom. The University and the Ann Arbor community offer countless opportunities for enrichment and personal growth beyond the academic experience.

Student Organizations

With over 1,400 registered student organizations on campus, the University of Michigan has something for everyone. Student organizations focus on a variety of interest areas such as academic and professional development, visual and performing arts, athletic and recreational clubs, community service, environmental interests, religious/ethnic groups, political and social action, student government, and more. In addition, about 20% of Michigan students choose to participate in fraternities or sororities on campus. 

As a parent or family member, you should encourage your student to seek out ways to get connected to campus through student organizations. Finding a balance between academic work and extracurricular activities is essential to a well-rounded and successful student. Participation in student activities outside of class not only provides a much-needed break from the intense academic rigors, but also helps many students to manage their time better, and can lead to a more rewarding and successful college experience. If your student is having trouble figuring out where to begin, the Center for Campus Involvement is here to help.

Cultural Arts & Campus Events

The University and the city of Ann Arbor also have a rich cultural arts heritage. Students are encouraged to engage with this artistic community through the Arts at Michigan program. Through popular programs like “Passport to the Arts,” “Art Outta Town,” and “Artscapade,” Arts at Michigan connects students to the opportunities on campus and in the surrounding communities. Students will also want to take advantage of the world-renowned University Musical Society, which attracts performing artists from around the world to Ann Arbor. Of course, the University’s own School of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers numerous student productions throughout the year. Students are also encouraged to explore the University’s wide array of museums and galleries, most of which are free to students, as well as Ann Arbor’s cultural gems.

No matter when you visit, there is always something happening in Ann Arbor for you and your student to enjoy.


In addition to three campus recreational buildings, the Department of Recreational Sports offers a range of recreational activities for students, from intramural and club sport teams to group fitness classes and the Adventure Leadership program. The  Adventure Leadership Program is a gateway to the recreational opportunities in Ann Arbor and beyond, providing a rental center for camping and outdoor sporting equipment as well as a wilderness trip program and teambuilding.

As parents and family members, you too are encouraged to take advantage of the recreational opportunities when you visit. The University of Michigan Golf Course welcomes parents of current students. Simply show your student’s MCard (or a copy of it) for access to this world-class course!

Religion & Spirituality

The university recognizes and understands that religious and spiritual beliefs contribute to the overall well-being and the educational experience of students. We endeavor to create a climate that is welcoming and supportive of this significant dimension of many of our students’ identities. Student Life maintains an ongoing relationship with the Association of Religious Counselors, an alliance of local religious and spiritual workers serving the U-M community. ARC is committed to the central role of spirituality and religion in the development of whole human beings and healthy communities.