New LSA Building open to serve and support students


The new LSA Building is up and running and open for LSA students to make the most of their new home on campus.

The new building opened in January, and includes a range of resources including space for LSA students to connect, collaborate and study, and to access programs and support to help them excel academically and professionally.

A photo of the open study area on the second floor of the LSA Building.
This open study area is on the second floor of the LSA Building. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

Those resources located in the new building include:

  • The LSA Opportunity Hub, which supports students through a range of services as they connect their academic interests to their professional aspirations.
  • The first LSA Transfer Student Center, a dedicated home on campus where transfer students can connect to the U-M community and get access to tools to help them succeed in class and after graduation.
  • OptiMize, a student-founded organization that runs an annual social innovation challenge and empowers student-powered entrepreneurship.
  • The LSA Scholarships Office.
A photo of the first-floor open student space.
This first-floor open student space greets students as they enter the new addition on the west side of the LSA Building. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

The new LSA Building also is home to the LSA Student Government, the Okun Bomba Family Navigation Desk, and places to meet with employers and alumni.

To celebrate the building opening, the college hosted an LSA Homewarming Party for students Jan. 24. It included information sessions on the new space and the resources offered within.

“We are thrilled to have this new, dynamic space open as a new home on campus for LSA students,” said LSA Dean Anne Curzan. “We designed the new LSA Building to increase LSA students’ access to game-changing resources to support their success here on campus and in the next chapters after graduation.

“It’s wonderful to see our students take advantage of this new facility, and I was delighted to spend time with all the students who turned out to help us celebrate at the LSA Homewarming Party.”

The LSA Homewarming Party was a zero-waste event, and the new building is environmentally friendly, too, with auto-dimming lights, insulated glass, and windows that deter birds from accidentally hitting the building. The building has been awarded LEED Silver certification.

A formal dedication ceremony for the building will take place in the fall.


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