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Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 1st Year (Freshman), 2nd Year (Sophomore), 3rd Year (Junior), 4th Year + (Senior) Click here for a definition of this term Foreign Language Required: No
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Program Description:

LSA Rocky Mountain Field Station Camp Davis Program


Camp Davis Camper with arms outstretched
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Nestled in the mountains just south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and tucked between the Hoback River and Bridger Teton National Forest, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Rocky Mountain Field Station has provided an unparalleled learning experience each summer, since 1929. Located within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and nearby Grand Teton National Park, our location provides a wealth of instructional opportunities.

Students from the University of Michigan as well as other colleges and universities are invited to attend. Students have the opportunity to earn natural science or humanities credits in a tight-knit and friendly academic environment. Student to instructor ratios are typically 6:1. Hiking, camping and exploring are part of your course work. Recreational possibilities are nearly endless, and our remote location provides for a truly inspiring summer.


The Camp Davis program accepts undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan. Guest students from other accredited universities and colleges are also accepted. Incoming freshman can earn college credit and make lifelong friends before starting classes in the fall. Some courses require prerequisites.

Specific course descriptions and information can be found on our website.


Camp Davis hosts courses in Introductory Geology, Geological Mapping, Ecosystem Science, Environmental Sciences, and Energy Sustainability. Course work is 80% outdoor field based, and 20% indoor lecture based. All students will receive a letter grade.  Pass/Fail is not available.  Camp Davis courses are currently capped at 24 students. Faculty to student ratios are 1:6. Camp Davis courses are accelerated and physically demanding, and may not be the right fit for every student.  On and off trial hiking at altitude will are part of each course, and good physical fitness is required.


All students attending the Camp Davis program will be billed for both tuition and program fees. 

Fees: Program fees are currently $384 per credit and cover food, books, lodging, and transportation to and from Ann Arbor. Accepted students have until April 30, to cancel without financial penalty. Student cancellations after April 30, will be assessed the full Camp Davis program fee of $384 per credit.

Tuition: Tuition varies according student academic and residential status. Current tuition rates can be found at the U-M Registrar website. Non-UM (guest) students are charged upper division rates.  If you are unsure how to calculate your tuition cost, please contact us, and we would be happy to help with these calculations.

Financial Aid: Students wishing to apply for financial aid can find more information and an online application on our website.

Students with questions should contact us via text message at 734-734-678-1564, phone 734-615-8600, email or visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage. 

Application Procedures

To apply, please use the 'Apply Now' button at the top of this page.

U-M Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn students should choose the 1st login option: U-M User (Ann Arbor, Flint or Dearborn) - take me to U-M Weblogin. Incoming U-M freshman or transfer with a U-M Uniqname and Web login should also use this option.

Applicants from other schools should choose the 2nd option: Not from U-M - take me to email address login and will be prompted to create an account using email address.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis per U-M registration policy. Accepted students will be notified via email. Please allow 5-7 business days for a response. 

Within 10 business days of acceptance students will be required to make a "Commitment to Participate" via  the M-Compass portal. Students unable to commit will be placed on our wait list.

Committed students have until April 30, to cancel without financial penalty. Student cancellations after April 30, will be assessed the full Camp Davis program fee of $384 per credit hour.

In early March, Committed U-M students will receive permission, via email, to register for the course in the Wolverine Access system. Committed students without an active U-M account will be required to submit a guest student application and registration will be handled by the EES Deptin conjunction with UM Admissions.


Students sleep in 14’ x 14’ rustic cabin, built in 2019. Each cabin has an occupancy of 3 to 4 students. Ceilings and walls are paneled with Douglas Fir tongue and groove, and all beds are singles. Running water, electric outlets and USB charging stations are provided in each structure. Bathroom facilities with hot showers are located in each cabin. Students camp in tents while traveling and visiting various locations throughout the western United States.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:
Chris Malvica
Assistant Director
U-M Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences
1100 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
MI 734-615-8600
WY 307-733-3091

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring and/or Summer 2023 05/24/2023 ** Rolling Admission 05/25/2023 08/31/2023

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.