First Year Experience

Welcome to Michigan! Your first year at U-M is a journey – a time to get involved, explore your campus community, and start making this Michigan experience truly yours. As you join your fellow members of the Class of 2021, you likely are already seeing many opportunities to get involved, understand our environment, and start making your Michigan experience truly yours. The First Year Experience at Michigan is meant to help you navigate all of these programs and opportunities and help you chart your unique course.

As you continue this year, the First Year Experience will give you deep-dive moments to learn new skills while connecting with a variety of your classmates.

Learn more about the First Year Experience!


One way you can get involved within your residential community is to register for a course for first year students: ALA 171 "Making the Most of Michigan," a class offered where you live.

Course Name:  ALA 171 "Making the Most of Michigan" 

Take advantage of your college experience by enrolling in ALA 171: Making the Most of Michigan. You will not only gain 1 credit over 7 weeks, but this course will also help students present themselves to the world at large.

Students in the course:

  • Engage with resources across the university campus
  • Identify short and long-term goals
  • Understand social identities and build important communication skills across differences
  • Create online portfolios that detail their aspirations and key experiences
  • Grow as leaders in our diverse campus community

Offered in residence halls and facilitated by upper-level students, this course creates a welcoming environment for students. This course is recommended for all first-year students, but especially those who want a head start in the college and professional world. Ultimately, making the most of Michigan is making Michigan yours.

Course Times

  • Tuesdays (7-9 pm)
  • Wednesdays (7-9 pm)
  • Thursdays (6-8 pm)
  • Thursdays (1-3 pm)

Visit the LSA Course Guide to select your section time and location. For more information, please contact


Even more opportunities for first year students are available through Student Life. Visit the First Year Experience website to learn more!

University Housing is a unit of Student Life, and an equal opportunity educator and employer.

For housing related questions, please contact University Housing.
Phone: (734) 763-3164