Welcome to ISD

The Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) experience is multifaceted with meaningful experiences inside and outside of the classroom. To help you have the best experience possible and thrive in an ever changing world, we have curated this resource guide that has useful information as you navigate your way. This handbook is a living document, and will be continually updated with the new information as it becomes available. If there is anything that you would like to see added, please contact us at

Academic Details

Fall 2021 Academic Calendar

  • Monday, August 30: Classes begin 
  • Monday, September 6: Labor Day (Holiday, no classes)
  • Monday, September 20: Drop/add deadline for full term classes
  • Tuesday, October 12: No reduction in tuition and fee assessment for students who withdraw (drop all classes) from fall term
  • Monday, October 18 and Tuesday, October 19: Fall Study Break
  • Tuesday, November 23, 5 p.m. through Sunday, November 28: Thanksgiving recess
  • Friday, December 10: Classes end
  • Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12: Study Days
  • Monday, December 13-Friday, December 17 and Monday, December 20: Examinations
  • Sunday, December 19: Commencement

For the full academic calendar, please click here.

For information about add/drop deadlines, please click here and mark the check box next to Registration Deadlines.

Immersive Practice

A key component of the ISD curriculum is the Capstone Project, which gives students the opportunity to take the knowledge learned throughout the program directly to a project provided by organizations to solve real-world problems. For more information, visit the Capstone 503 website.


As we all seek our new normal, please know ISD, the College of Engineering and U-M are here to support you. It is vital you take care of yourself, and these resources should help you in that endeavor.