Life at SEAS

Our community

At SEAS, we believe that environmental challenges can only be solved by working together. This philosophy permeates everything we do. The principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our mission to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment. Moreover, we believe that these principles are key to individual and societal success, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge.

We take great pride in our collaborative community of scholars who openly share ideas and drive each other forward. These core relationships are built within and  outside the classroom.

When you join the SEAS community, you’ll experience this personal and professional support from day one.

The Dana Building

Students conduct much of their classwork inside the Samuel T. Dana Building. Despite its historic registry, the Dana Building is a state-of-the-art example of  green renovation, featuring materials that were recycled or manufactured from renewable resources. 

Inside the Dana Building, environmental principles are taught,upheld, and demonstrated to and by the community. Dana’s sun and shade gardens are landscaped exclusively with native plants, and it has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Dana Building contains numerous labs and centers, as well as the Enviro Art Gallery. Shared areas offer cozy spots and open spaces for social gatherings or study. Many of our students describe the Dana Building as “a home away from home” and the SEAS community as their “extended family.”

Alumni Around the World

With one of the largest alumni networks in the world (over 611,000 alumni and counting), University of Michigan graduates are some of the proudest alumni around. Anywhere on the globe, if you go out wearing a Michigan shirt, someone will greet you with "Go Blue!"

When U-M offered the nation’s first college-level forestry course in 1881, it staked a claim to environmental leadership for decades to come. Since then, our school—which has been called, successively, the School of Forestry and Conservation, SNR (the School of Natural Resources), SNRE (the School of Natural Resources and Environment), and now SEAS—has trained a total of 10,000+ students to practice and promote responsible stewardship of our natural world.

As a SEAS student, you are part of a tight knit community within a global network. Our alumni are working all over the world to protect the earth’s resources and achieve a sustainable society.

When you join the SEAS student community, you gain access to this immense network. As leaders and accomplished professionals, SEAS alumni provide invaluable guidance to students and recent graduates.  Alumni support plays an active role mentoring students to become the next leaders of environment and sustainability.


SEASnet, the school's alumni-student mentoring platform, is a terrific way to grow your professional network and learn from some of the best environmental game changers around. With SEASnet, you can connect directly with alumni on your own schedule and in support of your personal goals. You can join as early as the start of your first semester.

Things to do

SEAS Events
You'll find a full slate of environmental career forums; lectures by the likes of Vice President Al Gore,  National Geographic photographer Jimmy Chin, prominent geographer Mei-Po Kwan, father of environmental justice Dr. Bob Bullard, and the Dalai Lama; college-wide events throughout the year and more are located on the SEAS events calendar.

University of Michigan Events
There will always something to do on University of Michigan’s active campus. Check the U-M events website for everything from sporting events and film festivals to symposia and musical performances.

Ann Arbor Events
Ranked the #1 most educated city in America by Forbes magazine, Ann Arbor is a national center for the arts.  Almost every day you will find cultural and intellectual events such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Berlin Philharmonic, and concerts brought to campus by the University Musical Society. Nationally acclaimed events like the Ann Arbor Art Fair draw nearly half a million visitors every year.



Just before the fall semester begins, incoming students participate in an orientation at the University of Michigan Biological Station, where they spend three days immersed in nature, preparing for their academic programs with faculty and current students.  This experience is an excellent way to learn about SEAS and create lasting memories with the cohort.



In the fall, SEAS hosts a campfire for students, faculty, and alumni at Saginaw Forest, a university research property in Ann Arbor. While Saginaw Forest is often used for field classes, on this night it is the place where SEAS alumni, students, faculty, staff, and extended family gather for fun, food, and community building.

Winter Solstice

Each December brings a celebratory winter solstice celebration. Hosted before the holiday break, the solstice brings students, faculty, and staff together for music by the Eco-Tones (a faculty and alumni band), a gingerbread landscape competition, and festive organic fare.


SEAS Lunar New Year


Lunar New Year

The SEAS Lunar New Year Celebration brings students, faculty, and staff together to celebrate the new year and enjoy delicious food prepared by members of the SEAS community. Activities include Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, and other cultural activities.




SEAS students go all out for this annual semi-formal dance.  Organized by SEAS Student Government this event allows students’ to celebrate the end of the year with their cohort.



About Ann Arbor

Because city and campus life are elaborately interwoven, Ann Arbor has a bustling and varied nightlife with restaurants, bars, cafes, and entertainment venues for every taste and temperament. With nearly 114,000 permanent residents, there are things to do year-round. Visit Uniquely Michigan to find out more.

Ranked the #1 most educated city in America by Forbes magazine, Ann Arbor cherishes its reputation as a national center for the arts, and the University of Michigan is a large part of that. Almost every day you will find cultural and intellectual events such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Capitol Steps brought to campus by the University Musical Society. Nationally acclaimed events like the Ann Arbor Art Fair draw nearly a half-million visitors every year.

Running through the city is the Huron River, an ideal spot for outdoor recreation. Many other rivers, forests, and a whopping 147 parks of all shapes and sizes can be found in the area. 

Ann Arbor and the university community are safe, friendly, and accessible. Here, students enjoy an environment that is rich and diverse, both culturally and intellectually.


Student organizations

Health & Fitness

As an enrolled SEAS student, you’ll have automatic access to the university’s wide array of fitness centers and intramural activities, in addition to physical and mental health services.

Housing & Transportation

The University of Michigan offers many on-campus housing options for graduate students, including those with families. If you wish to live off-campus, Beyond the Diag has information about neighborhoods, roommates, and a Housing Listing Service.

No car? No problem. The university provides campus bus service 360 days a year with roughly 60 buses serving 12 routes, and offers vanpools and other alternative transportation options to the campus community. Learn more on the Parking & Transportation website. In addition, the U-M campus and Ann Arbor in general are extremely bike-friendly.

Public safety

The university’s Division of Public Safety and Security includes a full service law enforcement agency that patrols all campus buildings and grounds 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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