Welcome to Rackham

You belong here in the diverse community of Rackham graduate students and alumni.

Fall Welcome

This event is not to be missed! Meet fellow incoming grad students and Rackham staff, and learn about the many ways U-M supports and engages you.

How Rackham Helps

The Rackham Graduate School is home to over 8,200 students, about half the graduate students on campus. We offer centralized services and special opportunities for all Rackham students.

Living In Ann Arbor

If you are new to U-M, then we'd like to offer some help as you get settled. Check out our tips and resources for making Ann Arbor home.

Academic & Professional Resources

Learn about the people, offices, and tools that can help you thrive academically and stand out professionally.

Support System

Where to get help with challenges or problems either academically or in your personal life if the need arises.

Stay Connected

U-M is a big place, but you are never alone as a Rackham student. Stay connected to Rackham and to fellow students during your time here.

Student Voices

Ryan Wade

Ryan Wade

Ph.D. Candidate, Health Behavior and Health Education

“I feel very well supported here - tremendously so, from day one. That social support and professional guidance has been invaluable to me and made my life a lot easier. Work is hard and the support is here.”

Sara Meerow

Sara Meerow

Ph.D. Candidate, Natural Resources and Environment

“I’m so impressed with the resources available here at U-M. I tell prospective grad students that you can’t underestimate the importance of the broader resources at U-M and how great they are. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Ph.D. student.”

Mauro Rodriguez

Mauro Rodriguez

Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

“U-M has the technical breadth and depth that has expanded me beyond what I expected. This is the virtue of academic diversity. I’ve been grateful for how much U-M has been willing to invest in me. And there is good reciprocity, as I’ve been able to contribute so much here.”

Jihyeon Yeom

Jihyeon Yeom

Ph.D. Candidate, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

“I love it here. The foundation for research is amazing. If I want to analyze a sample with instruments, we have everything I could need. We have so many talented professors to work with.”

Josh Wondra

Josh Wondra

Ph.D. Candidate, Social Psychology

“Grad school has been a good experience. My colleagues are supportive, I have good relationships with my advisors, and Ann Arbor is a good place to be.”

Aeriel Murphy

Aeriel Murphy

Ph.D. Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

“Being from the South, family is extremely important to me, and here it felt like having a family. People here were very welcoming, really like a family unit at day one.”

How Rackham Helps

The Rackham Graduate School is home to over 8,200 students, about half the graduate students on campus. We offer centralized services and special opportunities for all Rackham students.

Academic Support and Social Events

Bringing together Rackham students to develop academic and professional skills, foster conversations across disciplines, and to mingle with fellow students outside one's program, department, or school.

Resolution Support

Providing a neutral environment to discuss concerns, receive guidance in instances of discrimination or harassment, and advise students on how to use university resources and policies.

Financial Support

Awarding over $50 million each year in fellowships and grants to support diversity in graduate education, dissertation writing, career exploration, presenting research at professional conferences, and emergency aid.

High Standards Across Graduate Programs

Working with faculty in Rackham graduate degree programs to improve the quality of graduate education, encourage innovation and effective practices, and build a diverse student community.

Rackham Fall Welcome 2014

Academic & Professional Resources

Computing & Technology

Do you know all the computing and technology centers and services available to you as a student? Now's a great time to get acquainted.


The U-M Library system includes 20 libraries and access to many more through Inter-Library Loan. Five independent libraries add to the wealth of material at your fingertips.

Mentoring & Advising

Read "How to Get the Mentoring You Want" and find campus resources to strengthen your relationship with faculty and others who mentor you.

Professional Development and Paths to Careers

Rackham has multiple ways you can engage in professional development and explore careers, no matter what stage you are in of your graduate education.

Research Assistance and Support

Find information on statistical consulting, data services, and funding especially for doing research abroad.

Teaching, Writing, Language

Expand your training as an instructor in any course and get support for your writing. Non-native speakers of English can also find an array of English language support.

Fall Welcome and Information Fair

Date: Friday, September 1, 2017
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan

Receive a Michigan welcome from Rackham's Dean from 1:00 to 2:00pm. The event also features messages from the members of Graduate Rackham International (GRIN), Rackham Student Government (RSG), and Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR). As an added bonus you will hear our resident a capella group, the GradTONES.

From 2:00 to 4:00pm capitalize on the wonderful opportunity to learn about and connect with the many student groups and student services departments at U-M. More than 70 campus units and student groups will be on hand.

Free Cool Stuff

Stick around after the Fall Welcome Program and have a cool treat compliments of Rackham. Ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, and fruit popsicles will be on hand. This will also be a great time to meet some of Rackham’s staff and converse with fellow students.

Please remember to register for Fall Welcome. If you have any questions about Fall Welcome, contact our Fall Welcome Team at rackfallwelcome@umich.edu.

Fall Welcome Block Party

Date: Friday, September 1, 2017
Time: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Palmer Field

The new School Year is almost here. So come enjoy one last party before it starts! Rackham Student Government (RSG), Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR), and Graduate Rackham International (GRIN) are throwing a block party for all Rackham students and their families. So come enjoy some food, music, games, and talk to representatives from your student organizations. Visit their Facebook event page for more information.

Rackham Fall Welcome 2014

More Reasons to Register and Attend the Fall Welcome and Information Fair


Our Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sherene McHenry

Sherene McHenry is a former tenured professor turned professional speaker and the author of The Busy Student’s Guide to College and Career Success and Pick: Choose to Create a Life You Love. Pulling from her experience as a graduate professor and former graduate student, McHenry shares insights and quick tips for success in and out of the classroom. You won’t want to miss this powerful talk!


Connect with Campus Resources

Following our Welcome program, you will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of University of Michigan departments and programs. Learn about all the great resources the University has to offer, such as health and wellness resources, offices that support your identity, opportunities to connect with the community, and the many engaging programs offered through the Rackham Graduate School.


Connect with Student Groups

Getting involved in clubs and activities is a way to enhance your studies and connect with others outside your discipline. You will have the opportunity to connect with several student-run groups and learn about how they strengthen our campus. Of note, Rackham’s premier student groups—Rackham Student Government (RSG), Graduate Rackham International (GRIN), and Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR)—will be present. Make sure to say hello.


Pick Up Your Mcard

The Mcard is vital to everything you do on campus, and you can pick yours up at the Information Fair. In order to pick up your card on September 1, you must submit your photo online and follow these instructions in advance: Mcard Instructions for Domestic Rackham Students or Mcard Instructions for International Rackham Students

Stay Connected

Rackham Student Newsletter on iPhone

Make sure your voice is heard, plus plug into Rackham’s many information channels for real-time updates. There are lots of ways to stay engaged.

  • Blog

    Everyone has a different story and journey on their way through graduate school. Read about other grad student stories on the Rackham blog.

  • Social Media

    Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can share with us using #IChoseUMich, #RackhamGrad, or #IAmRackham.

  • Events

    Check out our events calendar for upcoming social events, networking opportunities, and professional development workshops.

  • Newsletter

    We send you a weekly newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any essential information, like funding opportunities, important deadlines, and major events.