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. Stay connected by following us on Facebook. Live the experience 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 or at 734.487.3045.


Important Events

August 30–September 1, 2019


Orientation begins in the spring with Fast Track (for freshman students) or a half-day Transfer In A Day session (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 20–22, 2019

Family Weekend

This year's Family Weekend will take place Friday, September 20–Sunday, September 22, 2019. 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 28, 2019


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.

2018-19 Academic Calendar

  • August 31: First Three Orientation begins, move-in day and Family Picnic
  • September 5: First day of classes
  • September 28–30: Family Weekend
  • October 22–27: Homecoming Week
    November 6: Winter registration opens
  • November 22–25: Thanksgiving recess
  • November 26: Classes resume
  • December 11: Last day of classes for fall semester
  • December 12–18: Final exams
  • December 15: Commencement
  • December 24–January 1: University closed
  • January 7: Winter classes begin
  • January 21: MLK Jr. Day - no classes
  • February 25–March 3: Winter recess
  • March 4: Classes resume
  • April 19–21: Spring recess
  • April 18: Last day of classes
  • April 22–26: Final exams
  • April 28: 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.