How would you respond if your student told you, “After my EECS class, I went to the CCRB then headed over to the Diag to meet my GSI.” Understanding young adults is often challenging—especially once they go off to college and are surrounded with a new world and a whole new vocabulary! Here’s a translation guide to help you communicate with your U-M student.
A2 = Nickname for Ann Arbor, pronounced "A squared"
AATA = Ann Arbor Transit Authority (city buses), also known as "The Ride"
APA = Academic Peer Advisor
Arb = The Arboretum. A large, wooded area east of campus, accessible from Geddes Ave. or from Washington Hts. Popular spot for picnics, jogging, and romantic dates!
The Arcade = Glass-roofed pedestrian walkway of small shops that runs from the intersection of State St. and N. University Ave. to Maynard St.
The [Engin] Arch = The archway through West Hall at the southeast corner of the Diag. Opens onto South and East University streets.
ATO = Athletic Ticket Office
B-School = The Business School, also known as "Ross"
Big House = One of many terms for the Michigan Football Stadium. Also known as “the house that Bo built” or simply “the Stadium”
CAEN = Computer Aided Engineering Network. Handles all aspects of computing for the College of Engineering
CAPS = Counseling and Psychological Services
CCI = Center for Campus Involvement
CCRB = Central Campus Recreation Building
CEW = Center for the Education of Women
CIC = Campus Information Centers, located in the Michigan Union and the Pierpont Commons
CSG = Central Student Government, the student governing council
Cube = The large, black metal sculpture in Regents Plaza near the Fleming Administration Building
Diag = The large grassy area located in the center of Central Campus. A central meeting place, useful for relaxing in the sun, studying outside, playing Frisbee and watching the famous Diag squirrels.
DOS = Dean of Students
DPSS = Department of Public Safety & Security
EECS = Electrical Engineering and Computer Science—a building and an academic concentration. Pronounced “eeks”
Fishbowl = Large glassed-in ITS computing site where Angell, Haven, and Mason Halls meet (located on the “Diag” side of Angell Hall)
the Grad = Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
Grove = The large grassy area located in the center of North Campus; useful for relaxing in the sun, studying outside, and playing sand volleyball.
GSI = Graduate Student Instructor—a graduate student who teaches or assists in a classroom
the Hill = The area of residence halls on and near Observatory Street, east of the walking bridge
IM = Intramural, as in IM sports or IM building
ITS = Information Technology Services. Handles all aspects of computing on campus
LSA = Literature, Science, and the Arts. The name of the largest undergraduate college and of the orange-colored brick building on State Street
the League = The Michigan League on North University Avenue
the ‘M’ = There are many Ms on the U-M campus, but THE "M" is the bronze one inlaid at the center of the Diag
MESA = Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
MLB = Modern Languages Building
MLC = Michigan Learning Community
MRADS = Michigan Research and Discovery Scholars
MUG = The restaurant and seating area on the ground floor of the Michigan Union
MUTO = Michigan Union Ticket Office
NCRB = North Campus Recreation Building
OAMI = Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
OSCR = Office of Student Conflict Resolution
ONSP = The Office of New Student Programs
PAAO = LSA’s Peer Academic Advising Office
Pierpont = Pierpont Commons, one of several campus unions. Located on North Campus.
RA = Resident Advisor; an upper-level student living in a residence hall as a peer counselor and floor supervisor
RC = Residential College
RHA = Residence Halls Association—the student voice in the residence halls
the Rock = Large frequently painted rock covered with graffiti on the corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street
SAB = Student Activities Building
SAPAC = Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center
UAC = University Activities Center. The student organization that sponsors entertainment and mini-courses on campus
UGLi = The Shapiro Undergraduate and Science Library, pronounced “ugly”
UHS = University Health Service
UMMA = University of Michigan Museum of Art, pronounced “ooma”
UMS = University Musical Society
Union = The Michigan Union, the oldest of the three student unions, located on State Street
uniqname = Your computing ID. Pronounced “u-neek-name”
UPROD = University Productions
Wolverine Access = The secure online website where students can register for classes, view grades, print unofficial transcripts, and view financial records