SEAS New Student Orientation - Fall 2019

Dates: August 26-30, 2019

Please plan to attend New Student Orientation. This four-day program is the best way to gather the information you'll need as a SEAS student and connect with your classmates. 

The program begins with one day on campus and continues for three more days in Pellston, Michigan, at the University of Michigan Biological Station. SEAS will provide lunch on Monday, as well as all meals at the Bio Station. SEAS will also provide transportation between Ann Arbor and the BioStation.

Note that students will be lodged in rustic cabins at the BioStation. Please bring a sleeping bag or bed linens, as well as clothing and personal items. (Click here for a suggested packing list)

Please read Wolf Wars ahead of arriving at the BioStation.


Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Monday, August 26 – Dana Building, Ann Arbor, MI

  • 8:30 am - Community Coffee & Registration
  • 9:15 am - Welcome from SEAS Dean and Associate Deans
  • 9:45 am - Big 10 Voting Challenge Announcement
  • 9:55 am - Welcome to SEAS (Current Student Panel)
  • 10:50 am - Office of Academic Programs Overview
  • 11:40 pm - Lunch
  • 12:45 pm - Specialization Breakout Sessions (for MS and MLA students only)
  • 12:45 pm - PhD Handbook Overview & Student Round table (for PhD students only)
  • 1:50 pm - Building an Inclusive Community (Presented by SEAS DEI)
  • 3:30 pm - Student Resource Fair and Ice Cream Social
  • 3:30 pm - Drop-in Advising with the Office of Academic Programs 
  • 4:15 pm - Erb Meeting with Dr. Joe Arvai

Tuesday, August 27 – Ann Arbor/UM Biological Station

  • 7:45 am - Sign-in at Dana Building and pick-up materials for UM Biological Station   
  • 8:15 am - Buses depart from U-M campus
  • 12:15 pm - Buses arrive at BioStation campus
  • 12:15 pm - Settle into cabin and housing assignments at the BioStation
  • 1:20 pm - * SEAS Dean and Introductory Information for BioStation Activities
  • 3:00 pm - Breakout Activities 1
  • 6:00 pm - Dinner
  • 7:00 pm - Group Photo
  • 7:30 pm - Specialization Breakout
  • 8:30 pm - Bonfire or Movie Screening (weather dependent)

Wednesday, August 28  – UM Biological Station

  • 7:00 am - Breakfast
  • 8:00 am - Wolf Wars Case Study
  • 10:00 am - Breakout Activities 2
  • 1:00 pm - Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - Breakout Activities 3
  • 4:35 pm - Wolf Wars Case Study Discussions
  • 6:00 pm - Dinner
  • 7:15 pm - Wolf Wars Case Debrief
  • 9:00 pm - Festivities

Thursday, August 29 – UM Bio Station/Ann Arbor

  • 7:00 am - Breakfast
  • 8:00 am - Breakout Activities 4  
  • 11:30 am - Lunch
  • 12:45 pm - Buses leave for Ann Arbor
  • 5:00 pm (approx.) - Arrive in Ann Arbor

Friday, August 30 – Ann Arbor, MI

  • (Optional) Potential time to connect with your faculty advisor if available
  • (Optional) Advising Appointments with OAP staff


Additional Programming

Quantitative Skills Workshop: August 22-23
During the week before Orientation SEAS will provide a free review workshop on data analysis and quantitative skills. Two sessions will cover basic data analysis, data analysis in Microsoft Excel, graph interpretation, functions (linear, polynomial, log, power, hyperbolic), and algebraic equations. Space is limited. The Quantitative Review will be held in Ann Arbor on August 22-23 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Notes About the BioStation

  • The Biological Station is a smoke-free campus. Cigarettes and vapes are not allowed.
  • Cellphone service is spotty at the BioStation. However, the office is open Monday thru Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm. There are courtesy phones located in camp at the base of the Dining Hall steps (231-539-8226), at the second floor of Stockard Lakeside Lab near the steps by the Director's Office (231-539-8861), and in the Dorm hallway-base of steps (231-539-7359 year-round). Local calls are no charge, long-distance calls require a phone card.
  • Computers are available in the Dorm Lounge, the Dining Hall, LaRue Computer Center, and the Stockard Lakeside Lab Information Center room #1052.
  • Quiet hours will be enforced between 11 pm and 7 am.
  • Here is a suggested packing list.
  • BioStation Health and Safety information can be reviewed here.
  • Some of you will participate in the Collector for ArcGIS activity at the BioStation. If you do so, you can find instructions for how to download ArcCollector here.

Resources for Incoming Students

Getting Settled in Ann Arbor


Health and Personal Care


Child Care


Academic Integrity


International Student Information


Event Calendars


Other Resources


 Additional Documents Regarding the UMBS Location

Questions? Comments? Please email
We look forward to seeing you!