Campus Life

The University of Michigan campus, nestled within the vibrant town of Ann Arbor, provides the perfect backdrop for the MPulse Summer Institute. MPulse participants will benefit from the many on-campus resources and facilities within U of M’s world-class School of Music, Theatre & Dance, in addition to the opportunity to explore the creative and cultural landscape of downtown Ann Arbor.

Continuing the creative, intellectual and humanity-driven experiences from learning environments to living environments is one of most profound elements of the collegiate experience, and MPulse provides just that to its participants.  MPulse participants will have the opportunity to experience the excitement of on-campus living at The University of Michigan. While at MPulse, home will be within one of U of M’s undergraduate residence halls, complete with access to a state-of-the-art dining experience within the residence hall itself.

When not participating in world-class performance instruction, MPulse participants have the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities both on campus and in Ann Arbor.

Most Institutes do not have required events after dinner, so, students have the chance to bond with fellow-participants. Examples of activities MPulse participants enjoy include:

  • Recreational activities on North Campus athletic spaces (soccer, frisbee, etc.)
  • Exploring downtown Ann Arbor
  • Enjoying ice cream at Blank Slate Creamery or Washtenaw Dairy
  • Savoring a snack at the world-famous Zingerman’s Deli
  • Experiencing the nationally celebrated Ann Arbor Art Fair
  • Attending faculty recitals
  • Attending student recitals
  • Kayaking on the Huron River

A true college town combining small-town charm and big-city sophistication, U of M and the Ann Arbor community coexist and enhance one another beautifully. Downtown Ann Arbor offers a vibrant cultural community and abundant indoor and outdoor activities.

U-M consists of three campuses located throughout the city, and SMTD students spend most of their time on the North and Central Campuses. North Campus is home to the Earl V. Moore Building, the Walgreen Drama Center, the Stearns Building, and the Duderstadt Center. Central Campus houses the Dance department, as well as many major performance venues such as Hill Auditorium and the Power Center for the Performing Arts.

Students have access to both the U-M’s free bus system as well as the Ann Arbor city buses. This makes navigating campus a very simple matter and also makes it possible for students to travel off campus without a car. U-M buses service all academic areas and run very frequently throughout the day. The trip from North to Central Campus is a short one (5-10 minutes) and classes are scheduled in such a way to make it possible for students to travel between the campuses without worrying about being late.