Preparing for your Academic Advising Date

Welcome to the University of Michigan!

We look forward to working with you as you start your journey as a Michigan Wolverine. Orientation is required for all new first-year and transfer, degree-seeking students. Due to the impact of COVID-19, new undergraduate students enrolling in summer and fall terms will complete orientation remotely.

We realize that an online orientation program is not the same as an in-person experience. Nevertheless, we are committed to providing the best online orientation experience possible. You will have an opportunity to learn about campus, meet with an academic advisor, talk with current students and register for your first semester of classes.  

After you have been admitted to UM and paid the $300 EDR, you will receive an email in late/mid-May with information about Wolverine Online Orientation and how to register for an Academic Advising Date. 

Accessing the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course

You will have access to the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course AFTER you receive the Wolverine Online Orientation Information email. 

The Wolverine First-Year Transition Course is a course in Canvas designed to introduce you to the University of Michigan and takes approximately 2-2.5 hours to complete. Complete the module at LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISING DATE. Failure to complete the course will delay your ability to register for classes on your academic advising date.

To complete the Wolverine Transfer Transition Course, follow these instructions: 

  1. Using an internet browser, navigate to: 

    *We recommend completing the module on a laptop or desktop computer instead of a mobile device
  2. Log in using your University of Michigan uniqname and Kerberos password. 

  3. After you have logged in, you will be directed to your Canvas Dashboard. On the Dashboard, look for the course with “ONSP New Student Orientation 2020" in the title. Click on this course. 

  4. You will be directed to the Wolverine Transition Course. At the top of the site, you will see the first section, titled “Welcome to Orientation”. Click on this button to begin the course. 

  5. You can navigate through the course by simply pressing the “next” button at the bottom of each screen. Sections that are listed as optional can be skipped over at any time by clicking on “Home” on the top left side of the screen. This will take you to the main menu where you can select your next section manually.

  6. After each section, you must take the quiz for the section and get at least 50% of the questions correct in order to proceed to the next section. 

  7. You do not need to complete the entire course at one time, but you must complete all of the mandatory sections at least two weeks prior to your Academic Advising Date. Students who do not complete the course will not be eligible to register for classes on their Academic Advising Date.  

If you have any questions about navigating through the Wolverine Transfer Transition Course, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 734-764-6413 or email or use this form to tell us how we can assist you:



Online Placement Exams

Review the First Year Placement Exam Chart to determine which exams are required by your academic unit and use the links below to access the exams.

Have your uniqname and password readily available.  Be sure your computer is fully charged (and with enough battery if you are away from an electrical outlet). Arrange to take all online tests in a quiet area, free from distractions (TVs, phones, etc.), and allow yourself ample time, as indicated by the information provided by the site of the exam.  Refer to the links below for specific deadlines by which each exam must be completed prior to your Academic Advising Date. All test results will be given to your academic advisor and reviewed with you during your advising appointment at orientation. Results cannot be provided ahead of time by the Office of New Student Programs or the individual departments. In general, we recommened completing all placement exams two weeks prior to your academic advising date to ensure results are uploaded in time for advising. Some exams are able to upload results faster than others and the minimum amount of time required is noted below.


The standard test time limit is 50 minutes unless an extended time request is made and approved by the Testing Accommodation Center.  It must be completed at least 3 business days prior to your Academic Advising Date.
Self enroll in the Canvas link. Stand test time is 60 minutes unless an extended time request is made and approved by the Testing Accommodation Center.  It must be completed at least 10 business days prior to your Academic Advising Date.
There is no time limit for writing your essay. Submit your essay at least 5 business days prior to your Academic Advising Date.


If you have no prior experience in a language you would like to study, you may register for the first course in the language sequence. Otherwise, you should take a language placement test if required by your academic unit and you plan to continue in that language. Please refer to the placement exam chart for requirements.

LSA Students: A student whose first language is not English and who attended a high school where English was not the language of instruction does not need to take a language placement.

NOTE: not all languages will be available to take online in advance of your Academic Advising Date as some may be offered as a protored exam in the Fall term. You can find more information about other languages from our Language Department websites and contact information page.

Some tests are online and some include oral interviews. Take your placement test, including any virtual interviews, at least TWO WEEKS prior to your registered academic advising date so that your results can be processed and made available.

Chinese Placement Exam
Self-enroll in the Canvas link
French Placement Exam
Available from your Canvas Dashboard
German Placement Exam
Self-enroll in the Canvas link
Hebrew Placement
Contact Dr. Adi Raz ( to arrange for a placement interview
Indonesian Placement Exam
Self-enroll in the Canvas link
Italian Placement Exam
Available from your Canvas Dashboard
Japanese Placement Exam
Self-enroll in the Canvas link
Korean Placement Exam
Please read the website linked above for information to register for placement
Latin Placement Exam
Self-enroll in the Canvas link
Russian Placement Exam
Self-enroll in the Canvas link
South Asian Languages: Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, & Urdu
Self-enroll in Canvas link for instructions to schedule exam and/or placement interview
Spanish Placement Exam
Available from your Canvas Dashboard
Thai Placement Exam
Self-enroll in the Canvas link

Placement information for a language not listed above:

If you have experience in a language that is not listed above, you will need to work directly with the department of that language for information on how to complete placement. Some languages will offer placement by appointment only, online or for an in-person test at a later date. Review websites for information for the different language departments offered at the University of Michigan. You will still be able to proceed with academic advising even if you can not take one of these placements ahead of time.

Testing Accommodations Information:

Students who need to arrange for extended testing time for online placement exams (Math, Spanish, French, or Italian) should fill out the form on the Testing Accommodation Center to do so. Requests for other exams should be directed to the department of the exam directly. Review the Language Department contacts for more information. Please wait for confirmation that your request is approved prior to attempting to take the exam.

Accommodations made for placement tests may not reflect how those same accommodations will be made during the school year. It is important that students with disabilities contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) as soon as possible to discuss your school year needs.

Academic Unit Online Pre-Advising Activities/Orientation Requirements

Each academic school/college has its own set of mandatory pre-advising and advising activities. Information about these will be including in the last section of the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course. You will need to have all of these activities completed before your Academic Advising Date. Your school/college may also communicate tasks and information so be sure to check your UMICH email regularly!

Remote Advising Resources

Getting familiar with the different remote University of Michigan tools will help you be prepared for your academic advising activities and other virtual opportunities offered! Zoom, Bluejeans, Google Hangouts/Meet and Remote Office Hours are a few of the virtual tools your school or college may utlize for remote advising. Familiarize yourself with these tools and set up accounts:

Set up your UMICH Zoom account!

Set up your UMICH Bluejeans account!

Set up your Google Hangout/Meet account!

Remote Office Hours

Learn How to Use the U-M Course Registration System (Wolverine Access)

Wolverine Access is the system that you will use to register for your classes. Your academic advisors will expect you to already be familiar with this system on your Advising Date. There are several online tutorials available to assist you in learning Wolverine Access prior to orientation:


(Please note: LSA tutorials are often helpful for all students, not just students in LSA.) 

School & College Course Guides: 

Architecture + Urban Planning

Art & Design




Literature, Science, and the Arts

Music, Theatre, Dance


These resources and tutorials will introduce you to the course registration process and help to prepare you for course selection and registration.

Submit Your MCard Photo

Currently, all campus ID stations are closed until further notice. At this time, you should submit a photo to be used for your MCard. Your photo can be submitted online at:

When campus reopens to in-person activities, the MCard Center will provide information for how to receive your MCard. If you have any questions, contact the MCard Center at 734-936-2273, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Submit Your Audition for the Michigan Marching Band by July 15th (if applicable)

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Students interested in auditioning for the Michigan Marching Band must submit their audition materials by July 15th, 2020. For more information on auditions, please click on the image above, or visit the link at: