Forms & Guidelines

Admitted Doctoral Student Checklist

Contact: Jessica Mason, Admissions and Graduate Records Coordinator, Senior
Last modified: March 05, 2019

Responding to Your Offer of Admission

Congratulations on being accepted into the School of Education! Rackham Graduate School has sent you an email with your UMID number and step-by-step instructions to accept your offer through Wolverine Access. We would greatly appreciate your response as soon as possible. 

Activating Your Uniqname and Password

Shortly after you accept your offer of admission, you will receive an email from Information and Technology Services informing you that you need to set up a uniqname. Your uniqname will be part of your email address and also used for standard computing and university services including financial aid, housing, and student business transactions. You will use a One Time Identifier (OTID) found in the email and your UMID (included in your email of admission from Rackham) to create your uniqname and password.

Financial Aid

For more information about your fellowship or assistantship, please contact your program administrator.

All students are encouraged to fill out the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for federal student aid. The University of Michigan’s federal school code is 002325. Questions about federal assistance should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid (, 734.763.6600).


New students have the option of living on- or off-campus. Graduate and family housing is available through the Northwood complex, which offers apartment and townhome living arrangements. Northwood boasts a family friendly community, a child development center, as well as access to local schools and nearby shopping areas.

There are also many resources to assist students who wish to find housing off-campus. Students may search for rental properties, roommates, and more through the off-campus housing webpage.

Directions and Parking

Our website contains maps and directions to the SOE building,

Parking on or near campus is extremely limited. The closest public parking structure is the South Forest Street Parking Garage (owned by the City of Ann Arbor). Metered parking may also be available on South University Avenue and East University Avenue.

Graduate students will have the opportunity to purchase parking permits once they are enrolled in courses. These permits allow you to park in commuter lots located on the perimeter of campus and served by university buses. Current rates are available on the Parking and Transportation Services website.


Registration appointments will be issued for newly admitted graduate students and can be used beginning:

Spring, Spring/Summer, Summer: April 1, 2019

Fall, 2019: June 1, 2019

Registration appointments for returning graduate students can be used beginning: 

Spring, Spring/Summer, and Summer, and Fall, 2019: April 1, 2019


Registration procedures differ among the academic programs. Expect to hear more information about advising and course evaluation from your department. Students can also contact their faculty advisor regarding course selection.

Students will register for classes online via “Student Business” in Wolverine Access. To familiarize yourself with the registration process as well as other transactions conducted through Wolverine Access, please view the “Student Business” Menu.

To view each term’s student registration deadlines, please visit the academic calendar. Registration procedures differ among the academic programs. Expect to hear more information about advising and course registration from your department. Students can also consult their faculty advisors regarding course selection.

If you have any questions about disenrolling, withdrawing, adding, or dropping, please contact the Office of the Registrar (, 734-647-3507) or in the Office of Student Affairs.


Check Your Residency

Your residency classification may be viewed in the “Personal Information” section of Wolverine Access.  If your self-reported residency differs from the residency displayed, please review residency screening guidelines and eligibility criteria at, filling out a residency application if needed. Students are encouraged to complete this process promptly as processing time may be lengthy.

Academic Calendar

To view the academic calendar for the upcoming terms, please visit

International Center

International students should visit the International Center website for the mandatory immigration check-in schedule as well as information about international student orientation workshops.

Obtaining your MCard

To learn how to obtain your MCard, please visit Students may pick up their MCard at an ID Issuing Station before or after their arrival on campus (available 24 hours after accepting offer of admission).


  • New Student Orientation, Thursday, August 29th:
    This School of Education orientation is for students in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, Educational Studies, Combined Program in Education and Psychology, and Joint Program in English and Education programs. You will be introduced to SOE student services and your program’s operations during this all-day event.
  • Rackham’s 2019 Fall Welcome and Information Fair: Friday, August 30th:
    Though not required, this orientation will introduce new students to over 70 organizations that they may become involved in and will conclude will a welcome picnic for both new and current students. This is your chance to connect with other new incoming graduate students and Rackham staff and learn about the many ways in which the University can support and entertain you during graduate school.