Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

CSE New Student Information for Fall 2016

Welcome to Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan! Now that you are here, please take time to attend the following events specifically coordinated for new students only. Get to know your fellow students, meet some faculty, and gain valuable information to make your time here at Michigan as rewarding as possible. It is imperative that you attend the CSE New Student Welcome and a CSE Peer Counseling Session.

CSE New Student Checklist

The CSE New Student Checklist includes important dates and items you need to do before and after your arrival.

Before Arriving on Campus

Create a UM uniqname and establish basic computer access: http://www.itcs.umich.edu/uniqname/

Be sure to check your @umich.edu e-mail frequently. This is how you will receive updates and information regarding the beginning of your studies at UM.

Locate housing: http://www.housing.umich.edu

You may register for courses before you arrive on campus if you wish, using Wolverine Access: https:/wolverineaccess.umich.edu/. You will need to confirm these classes with your academic advisor before classes begin.

If you are a new Ph.D. student, please make sure you check CSE Students with Financial Aid for information about your funding.

If you are a new Masters student, academic advisors will be added to this page when they are available in August--please check back.

After Arriving on Campus

1. Locate housing (if you have not done so before your arrival): http://www.housing.umich.edu

You may make changes and/or additions to your course selection after you have arrived and have met with an academic advisor- you will have three weeks to adjust your schedule.

2. International Students must visit the International Center at 603 E. Madison on Central Campus for SEVIS check-in:


3. Obtain an MCard (official University of Michigan Identification Card):

  • Bring a photo ID.
  • On North campus, go to the Registrar's Office, Room B430, lower level Pierpont Commons.
  • On Central Campus, go to the MCard Center, 1011 SAB.

4. Meet with Ashley Andreae, CSE Graduate Program Coordinator - 3909 BBB, weekdays (7:30 AM -12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM).

At the info meeting, you will:

  • Receive academic advisor information.
  • Ask any questions you may have.

5. Meet with your Academic Advisor:

  • Prior to this meeting, consult the CSE Graduate Study Brochure and prepare a rough-draft version of the Plan of Study. The plan of study is a tentative schedule of classes you plan to complete for your degree. This document may change as you progress through the program: http://www.cse.umich.edu/eecs/graduate/cse/cse_current.html
  • After your meeting, return the approved/signed Plan of Study to Ashley (the complete plan may be turned in anytime during your first term of study).

6. Complete registration for your Fall courses. If the course is closed, get on the wait list if possible, and attend the first day of class.

7. Sign up for a CAEN Computer Account at the College of Engineering (CoE) New Student Orientation (#8). If you do not attend the CoE Orientation, refer to: http://caen.engin.umich.edu/accounts/obtain

8. Attend the CSE orientation/welcome sessions:

  • CSE New Student Welcome (no registration required): Tuesday, Sept. 6, 4:30pm, Tishman Hall, BBB
  • Orientation for incoming PhD students in CSE: Monday, September 12, 5:00pm, 1690 BBB
  • Orientation for incoming MS students in CSE: Wednesday, September 14, 5:00pm, 1690 BBB

You may also attend:

9. Attend all classes the first day the lecture meets.

  • If you are on the waitlist for a class, this is when you will find out if you will receive an override to register for the course
  • After you attend the class and sign the override sheet, you will receive an email giving you permission to register. You must still register for the class on Wolverine Access.

10. Check your course registration information on Wolverine Access. Be sure the courses showing on your class list on Wolverine Access are the classes you are attending.

11. If you have received departmental financial aid, meet with:

  • If you received Fellowship: Dana Mickle, 3909 BBB
  • If you received a GSI: Anne Rhoades, 3709 BBB
  • If you received GSRA: Your faculty advisor and his/her lab administrator

Registration Notes

It is strongly recommended you take no more than two or three classes during the Fall term (9 credit hours is considered a full load).

You may make changes and/or additions to your course selection after you have arrived and have met with an academic advisor- you will have three weeks to adjust your schedule.

You must register for at least one open class before the first day of classes to avoid paying a late fee.

If a class you wish to take is closed, put yourself on the waitlist (#9). Continuing students are able to register at the end of the last term for this Fall which can fill courses quickly. We strive to leave room in classes for our incoming students, so do not panic if the course you want is closed, just follow the wait list procedure, hopefully you will be able to get into all the courses you need.


  • Keep your personal information (address, phone number) up to date on Wolverine Access.
  • For information concerning changes in course elections, late registration, fee adjustment, withdrawal, financial holds, etc., please see the Office of the Registrar: http://ro.umich.edu
  • Check the EECS Departmental deadlines: http://www.cse.umich.edu/eecs/graduate/cse/cse_current.html
  • All CSE graduate students have a mail box for university mail only in the CSE Graduate Student Lounge. Please check it periodically. Do NOT send personal mail to the BBB building.

Quick Links

The College of Engineering (CoE) Current Student page and the U-M Campus Information Center websites provide helpful information, including student perspectives about the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor. You can also see videos of the U-M campus, its research and activities. Finally, our page for current graduate students contains a wealth of information about our program and the university.

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