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 31 - September 2, 2018


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 28 - 30, 2018

Family Weekend

This year's Family Weekend will take place Friday, September 28–Sunday, September 30, 2018. More information about the schedule and logistics of this event will be posted on the Family Weekend site.

Visit the Family Weekend Site

April 21, 2018


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

2017-18 Academic Calendar

  • September 1: First Three Orientation begins
  • September 1: Move-in day
  • September 1: Family Picnic
  • September 6: First day of classes
  • September 29–October 1: Family Weekend
  • October 16–21: Homecoming Week
  • November 1: Winter registration begins
  • November 23–26: Thanksgiving Recess
  • November 27: Classes Resume
  • December 12: Last day of classes for fall semester
  • December 13–19: Final exams
  • December 16: Commencement
  • December 23–January 1: University closed
  • January 3: Winter classes begin
  • January 15: MLK Jr. Day - no classes
  • February 19–25: Winter Recess
  • February 26: Classes Resume
  • March 30–April 1: Spring Recess
  • April 17: Last Day of Classes
  • April 18–24: Final Exams
  • April 21: 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.