Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

CSE New Student Information

Welcome to Computer Science and Engineering at 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. It is imperative that you attend the CSE New Student Welcome and a CSE Peer Counseling Session.


Before Arriving on Campus


EMAIL

Create a UM uniqname and establish basic computer access: http://www.itcs.umich.edu/uniqname/. 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.

HOUSING

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

On-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

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

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, please click on the “Show more” option under the “After Arriving on Campus” heading below.

FINANCIAL AID

Information about financial aid may be found here. Ph.D. students should also read the CSE Financial Aid Checklist for information about funding.




After Arriving on Campus


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

MCARD

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

ADVISING

Meet with the CSE Graduate Coordinator 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 Graduate Brochure 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 Graduate Brochure 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 departmental financial aid in the form of a fellowship, you should also meet with the CSE Financial Aid Coordinator in 3909 Beyster. GSIs and GSRAs should meet with Karen Liska in 3709 Beyster. Additionally, GSRAs should meet with their faculty advisor and corresponding lab administrator.

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, 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 Student Welcome
Tuesday, September 5th at 4:30 p.m. in Tishman Hall, Beyster Building

Orientation for Incoming CSE Doctoral Students
Monday, September 11th at 5:00 p.m. in 1690 Beyster Building

Orientation for Incoming CSE Master’s Students
Wednesday, September 13th at 5:00 p.m. in 1690 Beyster Building

You should also attend:

College of Engineering New Graduate Student Welcome*

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.
  • Please be aware of EECS departmental deadlines that pertain to you.



Quick Links

The College of Engineering (CoE) 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
CSE Program Information
Course Information
Financial Information
Campus Information
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