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.


Important Events

August 28–30, 2020


Orientation begins in the spring with Fast Track (for first year students) or Online Transfer Orientation (for transfer students). For all students, your orientation process continues in August with First Three, a three-day welcome week/campus acclimation process which concludes with the start of classes.

Visit the Orientation website.

September 18-20, 2020

Family Weekend

This year's Family Weekend will take place Friday, September 18–Sunday, September 20, 2020. More information about the schedule and logistics of this event will be posted on the Family Weekend page.

View schedule and purchase tickets.

Sunday, April 25, 2020


We recognize the hard work and commitment of each EMU student in completing their degree. While they have reached the end of their college experience, they're just beginning their promising futures. Join family, friends and the Eastern community as we honor this year's graduates.

Learn more about Commencement.

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 6: Winter classes begin
  • January 18: MLK Jr. Day - no classes
  • March 1-7: Winter recess
  • March 8: Classes resume
  • April 2-4: Spring recess
  • 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.