Parents and Families

Eastern Michigan University recognizes the integral role families play in student success.

There are a number of ways you can 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 27–29, 2021

EMU Connect

EMU Connect, formerly known as First Three, will be an adapted virtual model with limited in-person elements. Visit the Orientation website to view the full EMU Connect schedule.

Visit the Orientation website.

September 24-26, 2021

Family Weekend

Families will be able to explore both our campus and the greater Ypsilanti community during their visit.

View the Family Weekend Itinerary!

2020-21 Academic Calendar

  • August 30: First day of classes
  • September 24-26: Family Weekend
  • October 4-9: Homecoming Week
  • November 25–28: Thanksgiving recess
  • November 29: Classes resume
  • December 12: Last day of classes for fall semester
  • December 13–17: Final exams
  • December 19: Commencement
  • December 24–January 3: University closed
  • January 10: Winter classes begin
  • January 17: MLK Jr. Day - no classes
  • February 28-March 6: Spring Break
  • April 15-17: Spring recess - no classes
  • April 22: Last day of classes
  • April 25–29: Final exams
  • April 30: 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.