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Pre-College FAQ

Learn more about our Pre-College Programs for High School students. If your question isn't answered here, let us know.

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Pre-College FAQ

Pre-College: Residential Programs

  • Can I bring my car?


  • How will I get around while I’m there?

    Students will be able to walk from dorms to their studios and classes. Students can ride University of Michigan buses for free, with routes that go from North to Central campus and downtown.

  • What should I pack?


    • 9x12 sketch book
    • Drawing pencils
    • Personal drawing materials you would like to have such as markers, colored pencils etc
    • Backpack/bag to carry supplies with you

    Optional but Suggested

    • Flash Drive
    • Digital Camera

    Personal Supplies

    • Bedding (twin xl sheets, a blanket and a pillow)
    • Personal toiletry items: a towel, washcloth, toothpaste, tooth brush, deodorant, soap, shampoo, etc
    • Shower caddy/bag to carry bathroom stuff
    • Alarm clock/cell phone alarm
    • Studio clothes (clothes that can get dirty)
    • Hat for outdoor drawing
    • Hoodie/long-sleeved shirt/light jacket (indoor studios can get cold)
    • Sleepwear
    • Shower shoes
    • Rain gear (umbrella)
    • Sunscreen
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Socks
    • Band aids
    • A note on clothes: it will be hot in Michigan, but bring a pair of long pants and a long-sleeved shirt just in case

    You May Want to Bring

    • Electric fan (Rooms are not air conditioned). Fans can be purchased in town.

    What NOT to Bring

    • Valuable items. The University assumes no responsibility for personal property, therefore, the University of Michigan is not responsible for lost or stolen items within the residence hall.
  • Do I really get my own studio?

    Yes! Each student gets their own studio to keep materials, work on outside assignments and work on their own projects. It’s YOUR space to make YOUR work.

  • I’m not from Michigan. What’s the weather like?

    The weather during July and August is pretty hot, with an average temperature of 83 degrees Fahrenheit - but evenings can cool down.

  • How is the food?

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided in the cafeteria at Bursley Hall. Did I mention there is a Belgian Waffle maker? We have options for omnivores and vegetarians.

  • I have food allergies. What do I do?

    Make sure you alert us of your food allergy. Students with Celiac Disease have special options in the cafeteria.

  • Where will I live?

    Students enrolled in residential Summer programs live in Bursley Hall, an on-campus dorm at University of Michigan.