Michigan Vocabulary

Terms & slang

  • The Arb: Nichols Arboretum is home to many trails for hiking.
  • Blue Book: An essay exam in which your answers are written in a blue booklet. With a student ID, you can get up to 6 free Bluebooks at the Alumni Center (200 Fletcher St.) 9 am- 5 pm Monday –Friday.
  • Blue Bucks: Money that is stored on your M-Card that can be used at restaurants in campus buildings such as the Michigan Union.
  • The Diag: The center of Central Campus; it is the crossroads of campus, bordered by the Grad Library, Mason and Haven Halls, and beautiful lawns full of trees.
  • Fishbowl: The Angell Hall computing site, open 24/7.
  • The Hill: This is a section of campus that houses the majority of first-year students. Residence halls here include Couzens, Alice Lloyd, Markley, Mosher-Jordan (Mo-Jo), and Stockwell.
  • Maize Craze: The student section at men’s basketball games in Crisler arena; students have the best seats in the house and wear maize-colored T-shirts.
  • The Rock: This is a giant rock on the corner of Washtenaw and Hill St. that is painted practically every night of the year by one group or another for birthdays and other events.
  • The Union: Located on the intersection of State and South University, the Union houses a food court, ticket office, meeting rooms, and much more.
  • Kerrytown: Located north of the Main Street area, Kerrytown is home to the Farmer’s Market and Zingerman’s Deli.
  • The League: Located on North University Avenue, the League has a small food court, study areas, and conference rooms.
  • The UGLI: The Undergraduate Shapiro Library, located on the Diag, offers many areas for studying and group projects.
  • The Grad: The Hatcher Graduate Library, located next to Shapiro Library, offers very quiet study spaces, as well as an impressive book collection.
  • GSI: Graduate Student Instructors often help faculty teach the discussion sections of the class.
  • Office Hours: Professors and graduate student instructors (GSIs) allow students to come to their offices and ask questions. Usually office hours last 1 to 2 hours, and students can come and go as they please.

Acronyms

  • Ann Arbor: A2
  • Ann Arbor Transportation Authority: AATA
  • Counseling and Psychological Services: CAPS
  • Central Campus Recreational Building (gym): CCRB
  • Central Campus Transit Center: CC Little
  • Chemistry Building: CHEM
  • Graduate Student Instructor: GSI
  • Intramural Building (gym): IM Building
  • Language Resource Center: LRC
  • Modern Language Building: MLB
  • Mosher Jordan Residence Hall: MoJo
  • Michigan Union Ticket Office: MUTO
  • North Campus Recreational Building (gym): NCRB
  • Center for Global and Intercultural Study: CGIS
  • Office of New Student Programs: ONSP
  • Residential College: RC
  • Student Activities Building: SAB
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center: SAPAC
  • Science Learning Center: SLC
  • Shapiro Undergraduate Library: UGLI
  • University Health Service: UHS