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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.

Stamps 2023 Pre-College students preparing for their exhibition & closing reception

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?

    We recommend packing the following supplies:

    Art Supplies

    • Sketchbook
    • Drawing pencils
    • Personal drawing materials you would like to have such as markers, colored pencils, paint, etc. (oil paints are not allowed).
    • Camera

    Personal Supplies

    • Backpack/bag
    • Laptop computer or tablet
    • Required medication (if necessary)
    • Toiletry items: Towel and washcloth, Toothbrush and toothpaste, Deodorant, Soap, Shampoo, Hairbrush or comb
    • Shower caddy for toiletries
    • Shower shoes
    • Alarm clock/cell phone alarm
    • Sunscreen
    • First aid supplies / bandages
    • Electric fan (rooms are not air-conditioned). Fans can be purchased locally and/or shipped to Stamps.
    • Linens are provided for all residents, but students may wish to bring additional bedding (twin xl sheets, a blanket and a pillow)


    • Studio clothes (clothes that can get dirty)
    • Hat for outdoor drawing or excursions
    • Hoodie/long-sleeve shirt/light jacket (indoor studios can get cold)
    • Sleepwear
    • Rain gear and/or umbrella
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Socks

    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.

  • Where do students eat while attending the residential program?

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided in Bursley’s Dining Hall.

  • I have food allergies. What should I do?

    Make sure you alert us of your food allergy by completing all your required forms in the registration process. Additionally, ensure you have access to self-administer required medication as needed.

  • Are there gluten-free options?

    Yes, a variety of options are available upon request. This includes gluten-free breads, buns, wraps, pasta and pizza crusts.

  • Are there Halal options?

    Yes! Michigan Dining serves a variety of menu items that are Halal certified and follow Halal practices in all dining halls.

  • Are there Kosher options?

    Yes! Michigan Dining offers a variety of Kosher-certified menu items out of a Kosher-certified serving area.

  • Where will I live?

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

  • I am local, do you have a commuter option?

    At this time, we do not offer an off-campus residential component to our in-person Portfolio Prep course. We find that our participants receive a full undergraduate experience at the Stamps School of Art & Design with our current structure. An alternative option would be to participate in our Virtual Portfolio Prep program.

  • Do you provide transportation from the airport?

    We coordinate shuttles to and from the airport on the arrival and departure day of the programs. More information will be shared close to the start of the program.

  • What happens to the work that I make while at the program?

    We will take care of packing and shipping art works to students that are not local to Ann Arbor. With the exception of international participants. No artworks can be shipped internationally.

Pre-College: International Students