Welcome to Rackham

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

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.

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.

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

Marcus White

Marcus White

Master’s Student, Dance

“I’m exploring visibility, surveillance, and invisibility. I’m asking questions about how the moving body addresses these issues.”

Bonnie Applebeet

Bonnie Applebeet

Ph.D. Candidate, American Culture

“Graduate school is its own special world. Writing the dissertation is both a challenge and a blessing.”

Zhuobin Liang

Zhuobin Liang

Ph.D. Student, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

“This has been a wonderful environment and culture. My department had been a big family”

Kimberly Reyes

Kimberly Reyes

Ph.D. Student, Higher and Postsecondary Education

“Part of why I’m in grad school is to understand my own story and the stories of others like me.”

Logan Casey

Logan Casey

Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science

“I think about how my own life affects the questions I have and know I need to be honest and open about it in my research.”

Katrina Ellis

Katrina Ellis

Ph.D. Candidate, Health Behavior and Health Education

“I am so impressed with faculty member willingness to spend time talking with me and learning about my interests.”

How Rackham Helps


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.

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 2, 2016 to 9:45am to 12:45pm
Location: Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor

Don’t miss our Fall Welcome and Information Fair! This is your chance to connect with other new incoming graduate students and Rackham staff and learn about the many ways in which the University can support and entertain you during graduate school.

Register for Fall Welcome

If you have any questions about Fall Welcome, contact our Fall Welcome Team at rackfallwelcome@umich.edu.

Rackham Fall Welcome 2014

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.


Hundreds of incoming graduate students appeared on our map as they declared #IChoseUMich on Signing Day, April 15, 2016, uniting incoming students from different backgrounds and fields of study. The hashtag lives on--ready for moments when you reaffirm why you chose Michigan as your academic and graduate home.