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Social Work Communications

Below you will find the spring/summer email communications sent to incoming MSW. These weekly emails highlight various topics, containing important and helpful information. As new ones are sent, they will be added here.

Fall 2022 MSW Seed Orientation

Student Health Insurance Plan

Work-Study, Grad Plus Loans & Financial Aid

Important: Computing, IT, and Mcard

SW 507 Exemption

COVID-19 Vaccination & Guidance

Reminder: Summer Required Reading

Course Enrollment Petition

To be considered for entry into a closed course or course where department consent is required, you must submit a Course Enrollment Petition. Individual faculty members cannot grant permission into a closed course, or course where department consent is required, and the School does not utilize the University waitlist system.

Students may petition to enter a closed course via the Course Enrollment Petition following their registration appointment time/date.

Upon receiving an email decision on submitted course enrollment petitions, we ask that you follow through with any steps you may be given by the Registrar's Office (i.e. drop a course, add a course, etc.) as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that permissions for courses do expire and we can be more responsive to new petitions when students have followed through with recommended actions.

Exemption Request Process

MSW students may pursue exemptions from some essential course requirements. We offer an online exemption request process for MSW students. The exemption process is web-based and student-initiated. We encourage students to request exemptions as soon as possible as it may affect Fall 2022 course selections.

Please click the Exemption Request Process link below for detailed information.

Questions? Feel free to contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management (OSS) at or (734) 936-0961.

Important: Fall SEED Orientation Week

Virtual Fall SEED Orientation Week

Share, Explore, Engage, Discover

Fall SEED Orientation Week will be held Tuesday, August 23 - Friday, August 26, 2022 with various activities scheduled each day. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday activities will be held in person. Wednesday activities will be held online via Zoom.

We are excited to be able to offer Fall SEED Orientation in person, incorporating virtual components via Canvas with a combination of synchronous live Zoom meetings on Wednesday and asynchronous recorded videos and materials. Where possible, meetings will be recorded and posted to Canvas for those that are unable to attend at scheduled times. However, we expect and strongly prefer that all incoming MSW students attend Fall SEED Orientation activities during scheduled times and locations.

The virtual portion of Fall SEED Orientation will provide a great opportunity for you to experience Canvas, which is the learning management system and online space for all SSW courses.

All incoming MSW students will be added to a 'Fall SEED Orientation' Canvas "course" before orientation week begins. Various activities are scheduled each day during Fall SEED Orientation Week, August 23 - August 26, 2022. Be sure to review the Canvas course for a complete schedule of days, times, meeting locations, and Zoom links to join activities.

International Student Orientation will be held on Monday, August 22, 2022 at the U-M School of Social Work. Incoming international students will receive additional information via email.

Want to begin planning for Fall SEED Orientation? A tentative schedule is now available for Fall SEED Orientation.

We look forward to meeting you at Fall SEED Orientation and seeing you this fall! Go Blue!

Questions? Feel free to contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management (OSS) at or (734) 936-0961.

Upcoming Webinars

Important Upcoming Webinars

Join a few of our current MSW students for a live webchat in one or all of the following Zoom sessions. Click on the links below for more information and a link to register.

June 13, 12pm-1pm
Ask a Current MSW Student Webinar

June 27, 7pm-8pm
Ask a Current MSW Student Webinar - Classes & Professor Perspectives

July 6, 12pm-1pm
Ask a Current MSW Student Webinar - Housing

July 18, 7pm-8pm
Ask a Current MSW Student Webinar - Field Q&A

July 26, 7pm-8pm
Ask a Current MSW Student Webinar - Preparing to Move to Michigan

Also be sure to register for the following Important Webinar:

June 13 MSW Course Planning for On Campus MSW

Note: all times shown in U.S. Eastern Time

Orientation Toolkit

It is important that you review the Orientation Toolkit for your MSW Program.

As an incoming MSW student, you are expected to review the information in each area of the Toolkit for your program to prepare for your U-M SSW journey.

Summer Required Reading

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

The University of Michigan complies with federal and state laws which affect qualified persons with disabilities. It is the policy and practice of the School of Social Work to provide equitable educational opportunities for students with documented disabilities in programs and activities, including field experience.

The mission of the U-M Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) is to support the University’s commitment to equity and diversity by providing support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities. Registering with SSD is highly encouraged. SSD serves as a student advocacy agency and can assist in obtaining appropriate accommodations.

To register for services or to volunteer as a reader, note taker, or tutor, contact Services for Students with Disabilities at / 734-763-3000 or visit

Students with disabilities may also contact Callie Torkelson in the SSW Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management at / 734-936-0961.

Student Housing

Starting to think about on-campus or off-campus housing for fall term?

As you begin making arrangements to move to the Ann Arbor area this fall to begin your MSW degree, we want to inform you of U-M's on-campus housing options. Munger Graduate Residences and Northwood housing are both available to graduate students and currently available for leasing this fall.

Northwood housing will allow students to break their lease without penalty if they are graduating before the end of their lease agreement. To do this, you will need to submit a Departure Notice at least 30 days before graduation.

If you are interested in one of the above housing options, U-M Housing recommends submitting an application as soon as possible. To apply for Munger or Northwood Housing please email, from your U-M email account and include your UMID number.

Additionally, we have updated the housing page on the SSW website to allow easier access to helpful housing links. The webpage includes a link to our SSW roommate finder and off-campus housing as well.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management with any questions.

Important Licensure Information

New Student Info & UMich Email

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