What is Leadership Safari?

Leadership Safari is a five-day experience leading up to the start of class where students learn about CMU, leadership, and themselves. Participants are placed in groups of approximately 10-12 students lead by student facilitators referred to as Guides. Guides, along with other staff members, accompany participants through various experiences such as team builders, leadership activities, and a challenge course throughout the week. Open to all first-year students, including transfer students, this program is the perfect way to start your CMU journey.

How Do I Register?

Click "Register for Leadership Safari," on the right-hand menu. Then click register and sign in with your global ID and password. Or just click here!

What is my global ID? Your ID will be the beginning of your email address before the @cmich.edu.

When is the Latest I Can Cancel Registration?

August 3rd – there is a cancelation fee if you cancel after that date. Also, there is a $175 no-show fee if you don't show up without canceling your registration. 

How Much is the Conference?

The Safari Conference cost is $125. The fee includes all meals, entertainment, materials, shirt/swag and the conference itself. It is charged to the student account, where you will be billed for tuition or other student account charges, in the beginning of the fall semester (September).

What if I Cannot Afford the Fee?

You can apply for a fee waiver at this link. The waiver is based on your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) through FAFSA. You can contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid with any questions about your FAFSA.

I Signed up for IMPACT, Do I Need to Attend Safari?

Yes, IMPACT and Safari are connected but different experiences. IMPACT is designed specifically with the needs of historically underrepresented students, first-generation college students, and multicultural students. After attending IMPACT, all participants then join Leadership Safari. 

Where do I Live During Safari?

If you are living on campus with Residence Life, you will move into your residence hall room early. If you live off campus, you'll need to provide your own transportation to campus, but meals and all activities are included!

Where Can I Get a Feel for the Conference?

Since 2011, we have hired a videographer to document the Leadership Safari experience. Click on the links below to get a feel for the incredible energy of this conference!

Where Do I Check In for the Conference?

Check in takes place in the Bovee University Center (UC) Rotunda and will begin at 9 am and go until 5 pm. On the day of, there will be Safari staff around campus to help direct families to the correct places. If you live on campus, you may move into your hall first if you prefer and then come to the University Center.

What Meals are Included with Safari?

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided starting on Sunday August 19th. No meals will be provided on Saturday August 18th as activities begin at 6 pm. 

Will I have Free Time?

While we do have a few breaks built into our scheduling, participants should not be planning to do anything else during the conference. Our schedule is intentionally packed full of activities and group time to give a meaningful experience to all students. In order to fully experience Safari, participants should take care of anything such as appointments or seeing outside friends before or after the conference. Days will start early and go late meaning participants should be relaxing and resting as much as possible. 

What Should I Bring?

Different residence halls allow different items so we suggest browsing the residence life website to see different dos and don'ts of packing for CMU. Attached is a link directly to these lists: https://www.cmich.edu/ess/ResLife/Pages/Your_Room_Contains.aspx

What Can Parents, Family Members, and Guests Do?

The best thing families and supporters can do for their student is just helping them get comfortable in their room. Safari is a long week and having things unpacked and settled will make the adjustment into the halls that much easier. You may unpack, explore Mount Pleasant or campus, or go grab some dinner before our opening activities!

Where Can I Ask Questions? 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Leadership Institute staff with any questions you have as you prepare to make this important transition to CMU! You can call us at 989-774-5323 or email at safari@cmich.edu.