Q: When is Tech Day?
A: The date of Tech Day 2017 is still to be determined. Check back soon!
Q: How long is Tech Day?
A: Tech Day begins at 8:45 in the morning and lasts until 2:40 in the afternoon, so it is a total of 6 hours long.
Q: Is there a cost to attend Tech Day?
A: No, there is no cost to attend Tech Day. Lunch will be provided the day of Tech Day. However, we will not reimburse any traveling and hotel costs that are associated with this event.
Q: How often does Tech Day take place?
A: Tech Day is held once a year, normally at the end of September/beginning of October.
Q: Will students and their family members be in the same groups?
A: No, students and family members have different programs that are tailored to their specific needs. Students will spend the day in all-student groups, and family members will spend the day in family-oriented groups. Student leaders from the College of Engineering, known as group leaders, lead all groups.
Q: Will there be opportunities to talk to admissions, financial aid and housing personnel?
A: Yes, representatives will be available during exhibits. There will also be sessions for family members about financial aid, admissions and student life.
Q: Will there be students and professors for me to speak with?
A: Tech Day is a massive student-organized event. You will interact with many student volunteers who will be willing to share their experiences with you. There will be students and professors from each department giving tours, staffing exhibit booths, and giving presentations at the Family Members Reception, all of which will give them plenty of time to answer any questions that you might have. There will be student society exhibits and also a student panel session where you can learn about any aspect of College life you may be curious about.
Q: Who organizes Tech Day?
A: Tech Day is organized by the Tech Day Planning Committee (composed of 23 dedicated students!) and the College of Engineering’s Office of Recruitment and Transfer Admissions.
Q: Do I have to register to come to Tech Day?
A: Yes. If you are a student, you must register with this form online (there is no registration by mail) before Friday, September 23. Registration for Tech Day 2017 will open on August 1. If you are a relative, you must register on your child’s online registration. If you are an educator, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Q: Can I cancel or change my registration?
A: Email email@example.com to cancel or modify your registration. Cancellation or modification requests should be made before the week of the Tech Day event.
Q: I would like to be in the same group as a friend(s). Is this possible?
A: Make this request in the comment field during registration, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. You will each need to register separately.
Q: I am a college student at the University of Michigan and would like to volunteer at Tech Day. Where do I register?
A: University of Michigan students can register to volunteer at Tech Day at the volunteer page.
Q: Will I learn more about specific COE programs I am interested in?
A: Tech Day will feature a majors fair where you can meet faculty and students from different departments at Michigan!
Q: What if I don’t know which engineering discipline I’m interested in, should I still attend?
A: Absolutely! You will have time during the day to learn about many different engineering departments, as well as about interdisciplinary programs and about the freshman engineering experience (neither of which are major-specific). You can read about the different departments here.
Q: Is there a hands-on portion of the day?
A: Our design competition sessions allow you to use your creativity and engineering knowledge in a friendly competition against other students in your group. These sessions also provide a demonstration of fundamental engineering principles. This is usually the most popular part of the day!
Q: I am a college student and am thinking about transferring to the University of Michigan. Will I have the same program as a high school student?
A: There is not a separate program for transfer students. However, you will still be able to indicate your interests on the registration form, and your Tech Day schedule will reflect your choices.
Q: May I bring a younger sibling to Tech Day?
A: If your sibling is in high school and would like to come to Tech Day and partake in the student activities, he/she must register separately as a student. If you wish to be together in the same group, please indicate so in the “comments” field in the registration form. On the other hand, if your sibling is not yet in high school and/or would like to stay with the rest of the family, please include him/her in the number of family members when registering.
Family Members’ FAQ
Q: Can family members attend Tech Day?
A: Yes, members of our prospective students’ families are welcomed and encouraged to come to Tech Day! We have special sessions tailored for them.
Q: May I bring a younger child to Tech Day?
A: If he/she is in high school and would like to attend the student program he/she must register separately. If he/she is not yet in high school and is going to stay with the rest of the family, include him/her in the number of family members when registering.
Q: Where can I learn more about Ann Arbor?
A: You can learn more about Ann Arbor here.
Q: Do educators need to register to come to Tech Day?
A: Yes, all educators who come to Tech Day must register. Educators can register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Educators should not register online. We encourage educators to attend the program tailored toward family members.
Q: May I bring a large group of students?
A: Please contact the Tech Day Planning Committee at email@example.com if you have any special issues/questions related to bringing a large group of students to Tech Day.
Q: May I register a group of students?
A: No, sorry; each student must register separately here.