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Taubman College Pathways Program

Taubman College offers opportunities for undergraduate students and recent grads across the country to learn about urban planning, architecture, urban design and Taubman College.

What is the Taubman College Pathways program?

The Taubman College Pathways program seeks to create avenues to diversify the Taubman College community and the fields of architecture and urban planning. Geared towards those exploring graduate education, the program provides an opportunity for career exploration and learning more about Taubman College’s academic offerings in an intimate setting. Our goal is to expand the diversity of our College and disciplines in as many ways as possible, including but not limited to socioeconomic status,  educational experiences, race/ethnicity, etc. This is one of multiple pathways and mentoring programs Taubman College offers at every stage, from high school through entry into the profession and beyond.

Who should participate in the Taubman College Pathways program?

Current non-University of Michigan Ann Arbor undergraduate students who identify as 1st generation or low socio-economic status are eligible to apply. We are particularly interested in students who want to explore attending Taubman College as graduate students.

What happens during Pathways week?

During Pathways Week, you will have an opportunity to learn about Taubman College and the fields of architecture and urban planning. You will have an opportunity to virtually visit and learn about Detroit and how students engage in that community as part of their Taubman education. Participants will also virtually attend classes, meet professors, current students, and student organizations as well as student support staff including Student Affairs; Career and Professional Development; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and others.

When is Pathways week? 

This year Pathways Week is February 1-5, 2021.

What are the benefits* of participating in Taubman College Pathways?

Before the program begins:

  • Tailored assistance for applying to Taubman College pre-TCP

During the program:

  • Learn more about graduate programs in architecture, urban planning, and urban design
  • On-site resume review
  • Networking and professional development opportunities
  • Explore UofM/Ann Arbor, and Metro Detroit
  • Develop lasting connections with fellow participants and Taubman College affiliates

After the program has concluded:

  • Application assistance for Taubman College academic programs
  • Guidance throughout financial aid and scholarship application process
  • Support in applying to Rackham’s Summer Research Opportunity Program

*These benefits are subject to change.

What does it cost?

The 2021 program will be virtual and is completely free to participants.

How do I apply?

Complete the participant application by January 4, 2021. You will be notified of the outcome of your application within a week.

Taubman College students can apply to serve as student coordinators or volunteers. Complete the application by October 26, 2020, 11:59pm EST.

I have more questions!

Send a message to taubmancollegepathways@umich.edu with questions. 

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