Parents and Families

The Office of Family Programs at Eastern recognizes the integral role families play in student success, and provides support, resources and engagement opportunities to families of EMU students.

There are a number of ways our office can help you engage in your student's experience. Start by attending Family Weekend and experiencing a slice of EMU life along with your student.

No question is too big or too small. If you ever have a question, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or at 734.487.3045.

COVID-19 Updates

In response to COVID-19, our events are subject to change. Stay informed:

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Important Events

August 17 – September 4, 2020

First Three Orientation

This year, First Three will be an adapted three week virtual model spread out from August 17 to September 4 with 2 -3 events offerings daily Monday - Friday.

Visit the Orientation website.

September 18-20, 2020

Family Weekend

In light of COVID-19, this year's Family Weekend will take place as a collection of self-guided opportunities to engage with the EMU community. This year's Weekend will be non-ticketed. More information about the schedule and logistics of this event will be posted on the Family Weekend page.

View more information about Family Weekend. 

2020-21 Academic Calendar

  • August 28: First Three Orientation begins, move-in day and Family Picnic
  • August 31: First day of classes
  • September 18-20: Family Weekend
  • September 29-October 3: Homecoming Week
  • November 26–29: Thanksgiving recess
  • November 30: Classes resume
  • December 11: Last day of classes for fall semester
  • December 14–18: Final exams
  • December 19: Commencement
  • December 24–January 3: University closed
  • January 13: Winter classes begin
  • January 18: MLK Jr. Day - no classes
  • March 3-4: Wellness days - no classes
  • April 2-4: Spring recess - no classes
  • April 20: Last day of classes
  • April 21–27: Final exams
  • April 25: Commencement

Staying in touch

Your student may be living miles from home as they attend classes at Eastern, but you can still send a "care package" any time—and students love receiving them!

Each residence hall and apartment provides incoming and outgoing mail service for its residents. U.S. mail is distributed to student mailboxes Monday through Saturday. Special items like flowers, packages and flyers may be delivered to the residence hall’s front desk.

To ensure prompt delivery, address letters and packages with the following information:

Resident Name
Room # Building Name
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Please do not include “Eastern Michigan University” in the mailing address. Doing so will route the item to a general campus mailroom and delay delivery.

Family Questions

Find Answers to Your Questions

Parents may often have questions about how to navigate to information. Below find some links to help you understand the answers to some common questions.