Orientation for Students Admitted to Fall Term
The purpose of orientation is to provide students with a smooth and helpful transition to college life. The University of Michigan expects undergraduate students who are admitted for the Fall Term attend one of the many Summer Orientation Programs offered from June to late July.
While at Summer Orientation, freshmen complete all necessary steps to register for Fall Term classes, including placement testing, group and individual academic advising, and course registration. Students leave orientation with a complete Fall Term schedule of classes, including sections and times. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, then you must attend Final Fall Orientation.
Program Dates for 2013 range from June 3 - July 31, however students must select dates during which their school, college, or program (e.g., Literature, Science & the Arts, Art & Design, Honors Program, etc.) is participating. Information about Freshman Orientation is emailed in mid-April to the UMICH email accounts of all students who have paid their enrollment deposit. You then select an appropriate orientation session based on your academic unit and space availability.
On the first day of the program, students receive an introduction to orientation, learn about money management, take placement exams, and become familiar with the campus through a walking tour and theater presentation. The second day consists of programs on academic success strategies and skills, as well as academic advising and course registration information. Students participate in individual academic advising and register for classes on the third day of orientation.
The fee for Summer Orientation includes two nights of lodging in Mary Markley Hall and eight meals. DO NOT send this fee in advance. We highly recommend that you stay in Markley during the program.
If you are from the local area or have other reasons for not staying on campus, you may attend the program for a fee to be determined. This fee includes eight meals but does not include overnight accommodations. No other fee reductions are possible. If, due to travel, distance or other circumstances it will be necessary for you to arrive the night before your scheduled orientation date, you may stay in Markley for an additional fee.
Summer Orientation is a three-day program for students, and includes accommodations for two nights and eight meals in the orientation residence hall. Students need to arrive for check-in at 8 am. If, due to travel distance or other circumstances, it will be necessary for you to arrive before your orientation date, you may check into the residence hall between 6 pm and 9 pm one night prior to your scheduled date. There is an additional fee for early arrival. If a student needs to arrive earlier than one night prior to orientation or stay later, he/she must make his/her own arrangements for lodging. Additionally, we only provide lodging for incoming students registered for orientation or, in the case of a student with a disability, for their caregiver. We do not provide lodging for parents or other guests in the residence hall.
Students live on a floor with their orientation leaders and approximately 175 other new students in their orientation group. We strongly encourage all orientation participants to stay in the residence hall, as we feel it is part of the total learning experience. Students wishing to commute to orientation, however, may decline their orientation housing opportunity at the time of check-in. If students do not stay in the residence hall during orientation, they will be charged a reduced fee which includes eight meals but does not include overnight accommodations
What to Bring to Orientation
Participants with Special Needs
If you have a condition that might affect your participation in orientation, ONSP will coordinate any arrangements you may need while you are on campus for your orientation session. Services may include extended time testing and testing assistance, accessible rooms in the residence hall, and refrigerators for medication. Please note: There will be walking involved in orientation. If you are using crutches or need the assistance of a wheelchair, we can make those arrangements as well.
You can contact our office regarding necessary arrangements in two ways: First, you can mark the appropriate box during web registration, and we will contact you prior to your program to discuss your needs. You can also contact our office directly to indicate your needs. Because some arrangements take time to complete, please contact us at least two weeks in advance of your assigned date. Accommodations made during orientation do not reflect whether or how accommodations may be provided during the school year. It is important that students with disabilities contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities to discuss your school year needs.
Orientation information will be sent in mid-April to UMICH email accounts of all students who have paid their Enrollment Deposit. This email will direct students to Wolverine Access. Wolverine Access contains orientation information, including detailed instructions on how to register for orientation. In order to register for orientation, you will need your U-M uniqname and password. Information about your uniqname will be emailed to you by Information Technology Central Services (ITCS) shortly after you pay your enrollment deposit.
Within 24 hours of completing the registration process, you will receive confirmation of your assigned orientation date via email. Your confirmation email will include specific information regarding check-in, travel and parking, and what to bring to orientation. Unless you have received a confirmation email with your orientation assignment, please do not come to orientation. Also, please DO NOT make travel arrangements prior to receiving confirmation of your assigned date. The University will not be responsible for the costs of travel arrangements made prior to receipt of your confirmation email.