Welcome to the University of Michigan!  Congratulations for being admitted to one of the University of Michigan-Flint Graduate Business Programs.  This orientation page will provide you information to help ease your transition into Graduate Business School. 

On this page you will find on-campus orientation dates for the Fall and Winter semesters.  Students completing the online orientation can also attend an in person orientation.  The online orientation is REQUIRED for students starting in the Spring and Summer semesters.  The online orientation will provide you information about the program, have you take a quiz and give you numerous resources to help you become successful. These resources are expanded upon within this Orientation webpage.    

Getting Started

How to Register
Degree Requirements

Each graduate business program has Foundation courses that can potentially be waived, reducing the number of courses needed to graduate. There are three criteria used to issue a waiver:

  1. The equivalent course(s) must have been taken within the last ten years
  2. What grade(s) were received in the course(s). If the school was AACSB accredited, the students needs B or better. If the school was non-AACSB accredited, the students needs a B+ or better.
  3. The student must have completed the course(s) prior to be accepted into one of the graduate business programs.

To review your Foundation waivers, log into SIS. Select:

- Student Services

- Student Record

- My Degree Plan

- Look for the Green Check Box with Waived & Course number. Example. Waived ACC 521.

If you believe you should have waived a course and do not see it, please email your academic advisor or Craig Gomolka, cgomolka@umich.edu and we can review your transcripts again.

Campus Residency Sessions

The building entrance is unlocked Monday-Friday 9am-7pm. If you need to enter the building during the off hours or on the weekend you will need to swipe your Mcard to enter. If you enter through the parking garage skywalk then you will need to swipe your Mcard to enter that way.


Online Orientation

For students admitted in the Spring and Summer semesters, you must complete the online orientation; but you also have the opportunity to attend a Fall or Winter on-campus orientation, should you wish to do so, please contact the SOM office at 810-762-3160. 

Online Orientation

For students admitted in the Fall and Winter semesters, it is recommended that you attend the on-campus orientation; but you do have the option to complete the orientation online. 



Registration begins at 8:00 AM


1 Riverfront Center,
2200 Riverfront,
Flint, MI 48502

On-Campus Orientation Dates
Semester Orientation Date
Winter 2021 Online Orientation
Spring 2021 Online Orientation
Summer 2021 Online Orientation



Textbooks and materials

All Students:

Students will always need to purchase their own textbooks. Students can find course materials and textbooks for courses at the University of Michigan-Flint Bookstore. Books come with ISBN numbers so that students can purchase the correct book edition. Please contact Anna Swartz (annas@ummich.edu, 810-762-3160) to arrange to pick up your School of Management bag, padfolio, and name tent for class.




Blackboard is our online learning environment, where faculty present course content to students, including syllabus, announcements, documents, test, discussion boards, and more.


Library Resources
Liaison Coordinator & Reference Librarian (Business Liaison)
  Vera Kay Anderson
  Phone: 810.762.3413


Parking Pass and UMID

During your first residency session, you will need to pick up your parking pass and the University of Michigan ID


Parking Permits

Student vehicle registration must be completed online at my.umflint.edu.  ITS distributes parking permits and/or validation stickers to students registered for classes in conjunction with the Mcard distribution at the beginning of the semester at designated locations in the University Pavilion and the William S. White Building.  

Validation stickers are valid for an entire academic year.  For example, if you obtain a Fall 2018 sticker it will be good until the Fall 2019 semester starts.

New Students (registered for classes): First register your vehicle by going to my.umflint.edu and click 'Parking' on the menu.  Once your vehicle is registered you will be able to visit one of the distribution centers at the beginning of the semester or the ITS Helpdesk to pick up your parking permit.



All incoming student will use the self-service Student MCard Portal to submit their MCard photo. Once your MCard photo has been accepted, you may pick up your MCard three business days later.

What are the MCard photo requirements?

  • Face forward: No hands or arms touching face.
  • A headshot: Shoulders and above.
  • Background: Plain and light colored.
  • In Color: No black and white or sepia.
  • In-focus: with your image clear and sharp.
  • Recent Photo: take with six months.
  • No Accessories: hats, bandanas, sunglasses, etc.
MCard Pickup

During the first week of the Fall and Winter semesters, there will be MCard pick up stations on the stage in the University Pavilion.  During the first week of the Spring and Summer semesters, there will be an MCard pickup station in 206 Murchie Science Building. All other times of the year, you can pick up your MCard in 206 Murchie Science Building.


Graduate Social Network 

Make the most of your School of Management graduate education by getting to know your peers and sharing knowledge, resources, know-how, and connections during and beyond your time at UM-Flint. Join the UMF-SOM Graduate Social Network for UM Flint's current and former graduate business students. The network is student managed and is a private space for you to connect, communicate & coordinate with your peers. Start interacting and connect with your peers at https://www.umf-som.net/.  



An elevator is located in the building and leads up to the residential tower It cannot be access to off-campus students/public use. If you need to use this elevator because of a disability, Disability and Accessibility Support Services (DASS) oversees special requests for daily student use from the first floor to the second floor. To view more about the Accommodation Request Process, please visit DASS website for more information.