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Student Life FAQ

  1. Are career services available to students and alumni of the School of Social Work?

    Yes. The School of Social Work offers career services to both current students and alumni of the MSW program. The Director of Career Services, Michelle Woods offers workshops on job searching, resume writing, interviewing, and licensure preparation each semester. The School also holds alumni networking luncheons to put students in touch with alumni who are working in particular areas of the field. A job bulletin is also emailed to students every two week. Contact Career Services (734-763-6259) for more information.

  2. Can I take the bus? What bus routes are available?

    The Ann Arbor Transit Authority operates many bus routes within the city as well as between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. These buses are free for students to use with a valid ID. For more information on bus routes, you can visit the AATA website or by phone at 734-973-6500. U of M also has a bus line, and more info can be found on U-M's Parking and Transportation Services website.

  3. Do I need a car?

    Bringing a car with you is not required, but is strongly encouraged. Having a car significantly enhances your field internship opportunities.

  4. Do I need to purchase a computer for the MSW program?

    Yes, all Master of Social Work (MSW) students must obtain a personal laptop computer. Laptops are used in some classes, in group projects outside of class, and can serve your other information processing needs. The SSW utilizes virtual lab technology that all students can access anytime, anywhere, making a laptop essential. Please review the School's laptop requirement policy.

  5. Does the university provide overnight housing for prospective student visits?

    Unfortunately no, but a current student in the MSW program may be willing to host you during your stay. Contact the Office of Student Services (734-936-0961 or ssw.msw.info@umich.edu) to inquire about this possibility. There are also a number of hotels in the area to accommodate you. For more information, please visit the U-M Campus Information website.

  6. How quickly do University of Michigan Social Work graduates find jobs?

    The average graduate finds a position within 3-4 months from the time they begin their search.

    For more information about SSW MSW salary and job search information visit the Alumni Employment Data page.

  7. Is there a wireless connection available at the School of Social Work?

    Wireless internet connection is available throughout the building for laptops with wireless cards.

  8. What athletic facilities exist for students to use?

    There are three recreation facilities available to all students. More information can be found at the U-M Rec Sports Facilities website.

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