Department Visits

Department Visits

Our departments invite selected Ph.D. students for an in-depth visit to campus – expenses paid – and meet with faculty in their area of interest each February or March.

These exclusive weekend visits give you a realistic perspective on what your graduate student career at Michigan will look like.

Many students say this experience was key in their eventual choice to study at Michigan. While you’re here you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Tour departments
  • Talk with faculty
  • Meet current graduate students
  • Talk to peers from across the country
  • Explore Ann Arbor

Travel & Lodging: We Have it Covered

Once you have been invited and register online, you will receive all necessary travel information immediately after you submit your RSVP. This includes:

  • Travel agency for booking your free flight
  • Hotel information
  • Airport-to-campus shuttle service information

What to bring

  • The weather in Michigan in March can vary widely. Check the forecast and bring hats, gloves, a heavy coat and boots if necessary.
  • Casual clothes are appropriate for all visit activities, unless you’re otherwise notified by your department.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.

Engineering Department Visit Tentative Schedule


3-7 p.m. : Arrival & Registration (light snacks) and Welcome Social Holiday Inn

4:15-5:45 p.m.: Optional North Campus Walking Tour U-M North Campus

Evening: Individual Department Dinner and Activities Determined by department


6:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast, Holiday Inn

Morning/Afternoon: Department Events (Faculty appointments, lab tours, meet with current graduate students, etc.) U-M North CampusEvening Individual Department Dinner and Activities Determined by department


8-10 a.m.: Optional Activities

10:15-11:45 a.m.: Michigan Engineering Brunch Holiday Inn

Noon-Onward: Activities for Select Departments Determined by department

12:00 p.m.-Onward: Depart for Detroit-Metro Airport

NOTE: A detailed schedule for the entire weekend will be emailed to you prior to your visit.