How would you respond if your student told you, “After my EECS class, I went to the CCRB then headed over to the Diag to meet my GSI.” Understanding young adults is often challenging—especially once they go off to college and are surrounded with a new world and a whole new vocabulary! Here’s a translation guide to help you communicate with your U-M student.
Nickname for Ann Arbor, pronounced "A squared"
Ann Arbor Transit Authority (city buses), also known as "The Ride"
Academic Peer Advisor
The Arboretum. A large, wooded area east of campus, accessible from Geddes Ave. or from Washington Hts. Popular spot for picnics, jogging, and romantic dates!
The Arcade =
Glass-roofed pedestrian walkway of small shops that runs from the intersection of State St. and N. University Ave. to Maynard St.
The [Engin] Arch =
The archway through West Hall at the southeast corner of the Diag. Opens onto South and East University streets.
Athletic Ticket Office
The Business School, also known as "Ross"
Big House =
One of many terms for the Michigan Football Stadium. Also known as “the house that Bo built” or simply “the Stadium”
Computer Aided Engineering Network. Handles all aspects of computing for the College of Engineering
Counseling and Psychological Services
Center for Campus Involvement
Central Campus Recreation Building
Center for the Education of Women
Campus Information Centers, located in the Michigan Union and the Pierpont Commons
Central Student Government, the student governing council
The large, black metal sculpture in Regents Plaza near the Fleming Administration Building
The large grassy area located in the center of Central Campus. A central meeting place, useful for relaxing in the sun, studying outside, playing Frisbee and watching the famous Diag squirrels.
Dean of Students
Department of Public Safety & Security
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science—a building and an academic concentration. Pronounced “eeks”
Large glassed-in ITS computing site where Angell, Haven, and Mason Halls meet (located on the “Diag” side of Angell Hall)
the Grad =
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
The large grassy area located in the center of North Campus; useful for relaxing in the sun, studying outside, and playing sand volleyball.
Graduate Student Instructor—a graduate student who teaches or assists in a classroom
the Hill =
The area of residence halls on and near Observatory Street, east of the walking bridge
Intramural, as in IM sports or IM building
Information Technology Services. Handles all aspects of computing on campus
Literature, Science, and the Arts. The name of the largest undergraduate college and of the orange-colored brick building on State Street
the League =
The Michigan League on North University Avenue
the ‘M’ =
There are many Ms on the U-M campus, but THE "M" is the bronze one inlaid at the center of the Diag
Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
Modern Languages Building
Michigan Learning Community
Michigan Research and Discovery Scholars
The restaurant and seating area on the ground floor of the Michigan Union
Michigan Union Ticket Office
North Campus Recreation Building
Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
Office of Student Conflict Resolution
The Office of New Student Programs
LSA’s Peer Academic Advising Office
Pierpont Commons, one of several campus unions. Located on North Campus.
Resident Advisor; an upper-level student living in a residence hall as a peer counselor and floor supervisor
Residence Halls Association—the student voice in the residence halls
the Rock =
Large frequently painted rock covered with graffiti on the corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street
Student Activities Building
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center
University Activities Center. The student organization that sponsors entertainment and mini-courses on campus
The Shapiro Undergraduate and Science Library, pronounced “ugly”
University Health Service
University of Michigan Museum of Art, pronounced “ooma”
University Musical Society
The Michigan Union, the oldest of the three student unions, located on State Street
Your computing ID. Pronounced “u-neek-name”
Wolverine Access =
The secure online website where students can register for classes, view grades, print unofficial transcripts, and view financial records