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Frequently Asked Questions About Theme Communities

What is the advantage of being a member of a Theme Community?

As a member of a Theme Community, students will live with peers who share a common interest or experience. Events and workshops are hosted several times a month around the shared topic area and helpful resources are curated by Theme Community staff to make sure students have a tailored experience. In an institution the size of the University of Michigan, having a tight-knit community of peers makesU-M feel like home right away!

Can I apply to a Theme Community and an MLC?

Yes, students can apply for up to 2 Theme Communities andup to 2MLCs. Students are then asked to indicate their preference for their top program on the Theme Community application.

Does applying to more than one Theme Community hurt my chances of getting accepted into either?

No, applying to two Theme Communities increases your chances of being accepted.We encourage all students to apply for up to two Theme Communities.

Are there any prerequisites or level of experience needed to apply to a Theme Community?

No, Theme Communities accept students of varying levels of interest or experience in the given topic. Students can also belong to any school or college and participate in a given Theme Community. Living Business is the only exception to that rule.Living Business applicants must be first-year direct admits and/or preferred admits to the Ross School of Business.

What are the requirements of being in a Theme Community?

Each Theme Community has slightly different requirements, but students are generally expected to participate in Theme Community events or workshops twice a month.For specific Theme Community expectations, click into the various Theme Community pages from the main Theme Community website.

I’m a transfer student. Can I apply to a Theme Community?

Transfer students are only eligible to apply for the Transfer Year Experience(TYE) Theme Community. More information will be shared about TYE throughout the spring/summer. Specific questions? Email

How do I apply to a Theme Community?

To apply to a Theme Community, students will fill out the Theme Community application.A link to the application is located on the Michigan Theme Community website. Indicate up to two Theme Communities you have an interest in by filling out the respective Theme Community essay questions and submit your application before the May 5th deadline.

Are applications accepted on a rolling basis?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Application review begins after the May 5th deadline. Applications are not reviewed or accepted on a first come,first serve basis.

How many students are accepted into each Theme Community?

Each Theme Community accepts between 30-40 students each year. To find out the specific number of spaces available in each Theme Community, click into the various Theme Community pages from the main Theme Community website.

How are the corridors gendered in each Theme Community?

Most Theme Communities are located on either all-gender or split-gender corridors.

  • Gender inclusive housing: Gender inclusive housing is available to participants of any Theme Community. If students would like to request gender inclusive housing within a particular Theme Community, please email

  • Gender Inclusive Living Experience (GILE): If students are interested in applying to the GILE Theme Community, please fill out this interest form.

Can I live with my roommate in a Theme Community?

We encourage students to share their roommate preference in the Theme Community application; however, in Theme Communities we cannot guarantee the ability to match students with their preferred roommate. If one roommate is accepted into the Theme Community and the other isn’t, we are not able to match them together.If both roommates are accepted into the Theme, we will do our best to match themas roommates.

If I get accepted into a Theme Community, can I decline the acceptance? What happens then?

Yes, if a you are accepted into a Theme Community and no longer want to participate in it, reply to your acceptance email within 48 hours to decline the offer. The student will be removed from the Theme Community and enter into the traditional housing assignment process.

At any time students can email to notify staff that they would

like their application removed or would no longer like to participate in the Theme Community. Depending on the timing of the email, Housing staff will work with each student individually on next steps.

I have a health or disability need. Can I still live within a Theme Community?

Yes, a health accommodation form is sent to students who indicate a need on their housing application (separate from the Theme Community application). The Housing Information Office will assign you a room on/near the Theme Community floor that meets your need.

What types of rooms are available within each Theme Community? What are the room rates?

The room type most common in Theme Communities is a one-room double (Rate Type 4). Across Theme Communities there are some single rooms (Rate Type 2). Find out more about undergraduate room and board rates.

Do I have to live in a specific building if I get accepted into a Theme Community?

Yes, each Theme Community is located in a specific Residence Hall, on a specific floor.If accepted into a Theme Community, you will automatically be assigned a room on the Theme Community floor. To find out the location of each Theme Community,click into the various Theme Community pages from the main Theme Community website.

Does living in a Theme Community mean you don’t get to interact with students outside of your Theme Community?

Living in a Theme Community provides students with the best of both worlds: a tight-knit community of peers living on their floor who share a common interest or experience, while also living within a larger Residence Hall. Theme students can meet peers from other Theme Communities, MLCs or non-affiliated communities within their larger Residence Hall.

What does it mean if I got put on a waitlist for a Theme Community? When am I likely to be pulled off of the waitlist?

If a student is waitlisted for a Theme Community that means that the student could be offered acceptance into a Theme Community during the summer. We are unable to say exactly if, or when, waitlist offers may be extended, so we encourage students to check their umich email regularly to ensure that they respond toan offer quickly, if one should be made. While students are on a Theme Community’s waitlist, they will enter into the traditional housing assignment process.

Who do I contact if I have questions about Theme Communities?

Students should contact if they have any questions.