Enrollment Procedures

Participants in the Summer Institute may elect almost any combination of courses within the timetable constraints as long as they meet described prerequisites. Participants may not elect more than 6 credits per four-week session, and no more than a total of 12 credits for the entire eight weeks of the program without the specific approval of the Summer Institute Director. This 6 credit per session norm assumes that the participant has full time to devote to these activities. Participants who also enroll in other University programs and/ or hold a part-time job may find it difficult to take more than one Summer Institute course per session.

All courses are graduate level classes at an accelerated pace.  You will need to keep this in mind when making your course selection to ensure you are allowing enough time for each class requirement.

All applications will be acknowledged via electronic mail. Please call us if you have any questions about your application, or if you do not receive an acknowledgment. Participants may apply for admission in the following categories:

Participation Without Academic Credit

Summer Scholars

Summer Scholars are participants who wish to attend courses at the Summer Institute but do not require academic credit or a formal grade for their participation. Summer Scholars are expected to limit their participation to two courses per four-week session, and to participate fully in those courses. In order to initiate admission as a Summer Scholar, participants must:

  • Complete the online Summer Institute application
  • Provide a copy of your CV or resume
  • Finish registration at the Summer Institute upon arrival in Ann Arbor

Applicants participating as a summer scholar will receive a full refund from the Summer Institute if they withdrawal before the start of the class. There is a $250 administrative fee if the class is dropped on the first day of a one or two-week class and before the end of the first week of a four or eight-week class. There will be NO REFUNDS for classes that are dropped after these dates. In addition, students registered as summer scholars may not change enrollment status after the first day of class.

Payment of Summer Scholar and workshop fees must be made in full before you will be officially registered for class. Nonpayment by a sponsor becomes the liability and responsibility of the student.

Institute for Social Research (ISR)-Rackham Summer Training Award

The Institute for Social Research (ISR)-Rackham Summer Training Award will be able to provide support for students in Division III to take summer courses offered by the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques.  The funds are specifically for current University of Michigan graduate students for whom such courses would significantly contribute to their graduate education.  This offer may be used to cover the fees associated with these courses when taken as non-credit courses, not for tuition for courses taken for credit.

Specifically, Rackham is able to provide 2/3 of the non-credit course cost for these courses only if there is department or faculty support covering the remaining one-third (1/3) cost. Tuition costs are not eligible expenses for these funds.

Please reference the Institute for Social Research (ISR)-Rackham Summer Training Award application which will include a way for you to provide a short code to indicate how the 1/3 remaining cost will be covered, if your department or faculty will sponsor you.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) and the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques Diversity Fellowship

The Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, housed at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research (ISR), supports U-M President Mark Schlissel's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Planning Initiative.

Students interested in applying for the summer 2020 educational opportunity focused on contributing to the ISR and University DE&I goals should complete the 2020 Summer Institute Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Recruitment and Education Opportunity application.  For details on this opportunity, see 2020 Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques Diversity Fellowship.

Admission for Academic Credit

All current UM Students interested in the Summer Institute will be able to officially register in Wolverine access.  You will not need to complete the Summer Institute application. Please note due to the condensed nature and advanced level of the Summer Institute course offerings, it is required that students to be present on the first day of class and be advised that the add/drop deadlines are based on the course length.  Once you register in Wolverine access all UM add/drop policies are enforced, the only difference is the dates for the add/drop deadlines.

All Summer Institute courses may be taken for spring/summer term credit in the Division of Survey Methodology.  The dates of the courses are not affected by the enrollment term, but grades for spring/summer enrollments will not be submitted to the Registrar’s Office until after the end of the term.  Once the deadline for UM spring/summer registration has past you will need to contact the Summer Institute office to enroll in classes.

New UM students who have been admitted for Fall, 2020 can ask their department to advance their admission to the spring/summer term.  Let us know if you need help.

Drop/Add Deadlines and Course Cancellations

Due to the condensed nature and advanced level of the Summer Institute course offerings, it is required that students to be present on the first day of class.  Similarly, students must drop courses they will not take in a prompt manner as follows:

  • Courses meeting for four weeks or eight weeks may be dropped/added until 5 p.m. on the second day of class.
  • Courses meeting for one week or two weeks may be dropped/added until 5 p.m. on the first day of class.
  • Courses meeting for one day may be dropped/added until 5 p.m. the day before the first day of class.

In the event of low enrollments, it may become necessary to cancel a scheduled course.  Particiants are advised to take this into consideration when making travel plans. 

Questions regarding the drop/add policy and course cancellations can be directed to the Summer Institute staff (isr-summer@umich.edu).

Summer Guests

Students who are not currently enrolled at the University of Michigan and who wish to enroll for academic credit should contact the Summer Institute office (isr-summer@umich.edu) for admission and enrollment with the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Course selection
  3. Information on any financial aid you will be using for Summer Institute classes
  4. Complete a University of Michigan Summer Guest application. This form can be found on the Rackham website, http://www.rackham.umich.edu/.

You will receive electronic permissions from the Summer Institute and the formal registration process via wolverine access will be completed by the Summer Institute office after the first day of class.

Applicants for Summer Guest admission will be reviewed on the basis of their qualifications and experience. Summer Guests must complete both the enrollment process with the University of Michigan Registrar’s Office and with the Summer Institute.

All completed applications and transcripts, both for graduate and undergraduate admissions, should reach our office by May 15, 2020. Late applications may be accepted, but formal admission may be delayed.