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New Graduate Student Information

Welcome to Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan!

Now that you are here, please take time to attend the following events specifically coordinated for new students only. Get to know your fellow students, meet some faculty, and gain valuable information to make your time here at Michigan as rewarding as possible.

Before arriving on campus


Create a U-M uniqname and establish basic computer access. You’ll want to check your University of Michigan email account frequently as this is the primary way that the University and CSE will communicate with you.


There are plenty of on-campus and off-campus housing options for graduate students:

Matriculation and enrollment

Most of you have already responded to the email that you received from the Rackham Graduate School’s Admissions area asking you to matriculate (i.e. enroll) via Wolverine Access, Student Business). Please note that registering is a separate process and further information follows. Therefore, if you’ve not yet matriculated, you must do so immediately. For assistance, please contact Rackham Admissions at rackadmis@umich.edu.


Registration opens the beginning of June. You must register for at least one OPEN course prior to the first day of classes to avoid being assessed a late registration fee. If you are unable to register for a class you want (as is typical for most new graduate students), you should get on the waitlist. Once the term begins, you should attend the first day of that class to obtain an override (i.e. permission) from the instructor. For more information see Registration in the section below.

Funding and student support

After arriving on campus

International students

International students must visit the International Center to complete the mandatory check-in. More information is available here.

International students are required to have health insurance and will be covered by CSE at the start of their appointment; however, since you are required to be in Ann Arbor two weeks prior to the start of the fall term, you will be responsible for health coverage during this transitional time period.  Please contact UM’s International Center for information about setting up your Aetna coverage for this intermittent time period. 


You must obtain an MCard. This is your official University of Michigan identification card. To obtain a card, you must take a photo ID to one of the following two locations:

  • North Campus Registrar’s Office, Pierpont Commons, Room B430
  • Central Campus MCard Center, Student Activities Building (SAB), Room 1011


Meet with the CSE Graduate Coordinator (Ashley Andreae) to receive academic advisor information and ask any questions you may have. This meeting should be scheduled here.

After this meeting, doctoral students should refer to the end of the CSE Program Guide to view a list of classes offered prior to discussing their required coursework (breadth, depth, etc.) with their academic advisor.

After this meeting, master’s students should:

  • refer to the end of the CSE Program Guide to view a list of classes offered;
  • prepare a rough draft of the courses you intend to take by entering them on the CSE Master’s Plan of Study (found on page 14 in the brochure);
  • take completed Master’s Plan of Study to a faculty master’s advisor for approval;*
  • return completed and approved Master’s Plan of Study to the CSE Graduate Coordinator in 3909 Beyster.

*Please note that this is a tentative schedule of classes you plan to complete for your degree and this document may change as you progress through the program.

If you have received a fellowship, you should also meet with the CSE Financial Aid Coordinator in 3828 Beyster. GSRAs should meet with the Human Resources Coordinator in 3709 Beyster, as well as their faculty advisor and corresponding lab administrator in 3808 Beyster.

Registration (including waitlists and overrides)

By now you should have already registered for at least one course to avoid incurring a late registration fee. You will have until the end of the first three weeks of classes to finalize your course selections. It is strongly recommended that you take a maximum of only 2-3 courses. (9 credit hours is considered full time for CSE PhD students supported by a fellowship, 8 credit hours is considered full time for international master’s students, and 6 credit hours is considered full time for GSIs and GSRAs.) If a course is closed, you should get on the waitlist and attend the first day of class. If you are granted an override (i.e. permission) to register, you must add the class and complete the registration process via Wolverine Access. You are responsible for checking your course registration information on Wolverine Access to ensure that the courses showing on your class list are the classes you are attending.

Welcome events and orientation

CSE New Graduate Student Welcome
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. in Tishman Hall, Bob and Betty Beyster Building

Orientation for Incoming CSE Doctoral Students
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 1690, Bob and Betty Beyster Building

Orientation for Incoming CSE Master’s Students
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 1690, Bob and Betty Beyster Building

You should also attend:

College of Engineering Orientation*

Rackham Fall Welcome

*Those who attend this event will automatically receive their CAEN Account. Those who were unable to attend and who’ve not yet received their CAEN Account must visit the CAEN Hotline to obtain one.

Other important information

  • You must keep your personal information (address, phone number, etc.) up-to-date on Wolverine Access.
  • All CSE graduate students are assigned a mailbox for University mail only in the CSE Graduate Student Lounge. Please check it periodically. Do not send personal mail, or have personal mail sent, to the Beyster building.

Quick links

The College of Engineering Current Student page and the U-M Campus Information Center websites provide helpful information, including student perspectives about the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor. You can also see videos of the U-M campus, its research and activities. Finally, our page for current graduate students contains a wealth of information about our program and the university.

Orientation information

Campus information

Additional resources