Letter from the Dean of Students

Dear Wolverines,

Welcome to the University of Michigan! Whether you are a new or continuing student you are an important part of our campus community.

I am privileged to serve as your Dean of Students and focus my leadership on creating a healthy, safe and inclusive campus where you can maximize your personal potential while pursuing your educational dreams.

Something for Everyone

The University of Michigan is an amazing institution with so much to offer. Take time to explore and embrace the rich opportunities presented to you. From performances, lectures, and museum exhibits to extraordinary campus events and athletic competitions, there is something here for everyone!  

Get Involved and Stay Healthy! 

Join a club or organization – be an entrepreneur and start something new. Use our recreation facilities, find an intramural or club sports team, get enough sleep, and take time to get to know your neighbors.

Expect Respect! 

Stand up for what you believe in, consider and learn from the diverse perspectives of others, and redirect or report uncivil and other inappropriate behavior.  

Give back to your community – volunteer! 

Share your time and talents with others on campus and in Ann Arbor, throughout the state, and around the globe. 

This all rolls up into what we call the Michigan Experience, and it embodies what is expected of you as the Leaders and Best and as citizens of the world. 

The Dean of Students Office is committed to helping you do all of this and more! We are also here for you if you encounter an unexpected obstacle along the way. It's our job to help you to seize, reflect upon and integrate your diverse campus experiences -- weaving them into the overall fabric of your education. 

I invite you to read more about our Mission and Core Work in the "Who We Are" section of the site, and to get to know the many programs and services the Dean of Students office brings to you!


Best wishes for an extraordinary Michigan Experience, and GO BLUE!

Laura Blake Jones, Ph.D. 

Dean of Students