Five Steps of Wolverine Online Orientation

Only students who have accepted their admission to the Summer 2021 Term and have received the, “U-M: Wolverine Online Orientation Information” email to their UMICH email account are eligible to begin completing Wolverine Online Orientation. Information is emailed to students who have paid their enrollment deposit or had it waived starting in early-May.

Please review the overview of Wolverine Online Orientation and your “U-M: Wolverine Online Orientation Information” email if you have not done so already. This page is to provide a resource for more information about the 5 Steps of Wolverine Online Orientation and how to complete them. In addition, there are a few other tasks to complete that are included as well, such as how to Submit an Mcard photo, Learning about Wolverine Access, Updating Your Current Address, and Applying to Marching Band! Please review the tabs below:  

Step 1: Register for a 2-Day Synchronous Orientation Experience

Step 1 is to Register for a 2-Day Synchronous Orientation Experience.  For instructions on how to register to complete Step 1, please see the How to Register page.

Your 2-Day Synchronous Orientation Experience will consist of:

Day 1: University Welcome & Student Transition

  • Including a University welcome, Orientation Leader introduction and the opportunity to meet other new incoming students
  • The Office of New Student programs will email students about 1 week prior to their scheduled Day 1 session to send a zoom link and confirm timing of activities

Day 2: Advising & Academic Transition

  • Including Academic Advising, Advising Activities as planned by your Academic Unit, and class registration
  • Academic Units will email students directly within 1 week prior to their scheduled Day 2 session to provide advising activity information, timing, and how to participate in the session

Important things to know prior to registering:

ACADEMIC UNIT

For the purpose of orientation, the school/college/program you were admitted to is referred to as your Academic Unit.

EXPECTATIONS

  • 2-Day Synchronous Orientation Experience sessions are for students and ONSP staff and  advisors only, if parents/guests are present, you may be asked to reschedule.
  • The sessions dates available to you are set based on your Academic Unit's availability. You should plan to be available to participate virtually on your 2-Day Synchronous Orientation experience between 8 am - 6 pm Eastern Time on BOTH DAYS, without other conflicts. While you will not be busy entirely from 8 am - 6 pm, you should not have any other conflicts on your session until you receive your schedule from ONSP and from your Academic Unit. If you are unable to participate in all activities on both days, it will cause a delay in your registration for classes and you will be rescheduled for a later session.
  • You should also be prepared to be in a distraction-free environment with an electronic device and internet access, if possible.  If you have concerns about accessing a device or internet, please email onsp@umich.edu or call (734)-764-6413 as soon as possible. 

Please be sure to read all the Student Expectations for Wolverine Online Orientation prior to registering.

TIME ZONES

 If you are in a time zone other than Eastern, you can note that on your registration. Instructions to update your current address are also included on this page. Please follow the instructions under “Update Your Current Address in Wolverine Access”.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

  • Your Day 1 schedule will be emailed to you directly by our office, ONSP, about a week prior to your session. It is important that you check your UMICH email regularly for this information and to save it to be prepared for your session.
  • Your Day 2 schedule will be emailed to you directly by your Academic Unit 2 - 7 days prior to your session. It is important that you check you UMICH email regularly for this information and save it to be prepared to participate in advising and course registration activities.

Academic Advising Dates for Summer 2021 are:

College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA, Newnan Advising): 

June 2 - June 3, 2021

June 28 - June 29, 2021

Comprehensive Studies Program/Bridge Summer Programs (CSP): 

June 1 - June 2, 2021

June 2 - June 3, 2021

June 3 - June 4, 2021

June 21 - June 22, 2021

June 22 - June 23, 2021

LSA Honors Program: 

June 1 - June 2, 2021

June 2 - June 3, 2021

June 3 - June 4, 2021

June 28 - June 29, 2021

Residential College (RC):

June 1 - June 2, 2021

June 2 - June 3, 2021

June 3 - June 4, 2021

June 28 - June 29, 2021

Kinesiology: 

June 2 - June 3, 2021

Step 2: Complete the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course

What is the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course?

The Wolverine First-Year Transition Course (WFYTC) is a course in Canvas designed to introduce you to the University of Michigan. It is intended to help you navigate the University of Michigan. The course will provide you with information about resources and services that can help you be successful here at Michigan. In addition, you will learn an overview of campus traditions, processes, and culture, so that you will feel like a Wolverine from day one. And because this module is in Canvas, the university’s learning management system, you will have access to this information throughout your first year. If you ever forget something, you can always come back to the course for answers.
 

When Should I Complete It?

It takes approximately 2-2.5 hours to complete. It is recommended to complete the Canvas course AT LEAST 2 weeks prior to your 2-Day Synchronous Orientation Experience. Failure to complete the course will delay your ability to register for classes. It is also encouraged that you review the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course a few days prior to your session as well, to familiarize yourself with important information and to identify areas you would like to ask questions about.

How Do I Access It?

You will have access to the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course AFTER you receive the Wolverine Online Orientation Information email, in early-May.
To complete the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course, follow these instructions: 

  1. Using an internet browser, navigate to: canvas.umich.edu 

*We recommend completing the module on a laptop or desktop computer instead of a mobile device

  1. Log in using your University of Michigan uniqname and password. 
  2. After you have logged in, you will be directed to your Canvas Dashboard. On the Dashboard, look for the course with “ONSP 2021 Orientation" in the title. Click on this course. 
  3. You will be directed to the Wolverine First-Year 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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 session. Students who do not complete the course will not be eligible to register for classes on their session and may be rescheduled to a later date.  

If you have any questions about navigating through the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 734-764-6413 or email onsp@umich.edu or complete an Online Orientation Assistance Request Form.

Step 3: Online Placement Exams Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We know Online Placement Exams might sound scary, however they are an important tool used by your Academic Advisor to help you navigate the different courses and subject areas at U-M! Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below and then proceed to learn more about the Online Placements Exams offered and how to take them.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Exams Should I Take?

Review the Summer Admit First-Year Placement Exam Chart for information about which placement exams are required by your academic unit and use the links below to access the exams.

Please note that Placement Exam Requirements are set by Academic Units, not ONSP. ONSP cannot grant you an exception to take a placement. While you may already have transfer or AP credit in a subject, you should still take the online placement exam, unless otherwise noted.

Online Placement Exams are a tool used by your Academic Advisor to help guide course registration. Even if you might not plan to continue in a certain subject, the placement is helpful if you change your mind. Some placements are in place due to Academic Degree Requirements by your School/College. 

How Do I Prepare?

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 in each section. Placement Exams are an opportunity to find the right fit of classes for you at U-M! You do not need to study in advance.

When Should I Take the Exam(s)?

The sooner the better! Generally, it is recommended to complete placement exams at least 2 weeks prior to your 2-Day Synchronous Orientation Experience to guarantee results. Some tests have a shorter turn-around time for results, which are noted below in the "Step 3: How and When to Take the Online Placement Exams" section. Failure to take online placements prior to your 2-Day Synchronous Orientation Experience may results in delays in registering for classes in that subject area.

Please note not all subjects are available to take online, in advance. In those circumstances, you will work with the department to arrange for placement prior to the term you plan on enrolling in the coursework. This will not impact your ability to register for other classes, in other subjects.

Where Can I See My Results?

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.

Testing Accommodations Information:

Students who need to arrange for extended testing time/accommodations for online placement exams should contact the department of the exam directly. Please find the appropriate contact information for the placements below:

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.


How Do I Take The Exams?

Review the information under the tab, "Step 3: How and When to Take the Online Placement Exams" below for information and instructions on how to take each of the online placement exams.

Step 3: How and When to Take the Online Placement Exams

MATH PLACEMENT, CHEMISTRY PLACEMENT AND DIRECTED SELF-PLACEMENT FOR WRITING:


MATH PLACEMENT EXAM 

Do I have to take the Math Placement Exam?
Review the Summer Admit First-Year Placement Exam Chart for information about which placement exams are required by your academic unit.
The Math Placement should be taken regardless of AP or Transfer Credit. Your Advisor will use the placement result and any prior experience in Math coursework to advise on next coursework.

When is it available and when should I take it?
The Math Placement is available from May 10th - August.
Complete the Math Placement at least 3 business days prior to your session, or 10 business days if you are taking the Chemistry Placement.

How long is the Math Placement?
The standard test time limit is 50 minutes unless an extended time request is made.
Complete a Wolverine Online Orientation Assistance Request Form to request extended time on the Math Placement. 

How do I take it?

Go to the Math Placement website and read the instructions.
Select "Instr" on the left hand side.
Read the information and then select "Take the Placement Test" at the bottom of the page.

You will not be able to take the placement until May 10th.

You will need to have your uniqname and password to access the test.
Enter your uniqname in all lower case letters and without the "@umich.edu".
Using a private window on your browser can help if you receive an error message when trying to log in to the test.

Questions?
Email onsp@umich.edu with questions about the Math Placement. For technical issues, please attach a screenshot of the error message you receive from the test in order to best assist you. ONSP may contact ITS and/or the Math Department as needed to help answer your questions!


CHEMISTRY PLACEMENT EXAM

Do I have to take the Chemistry Placement Exam?
Review the Summer Admit First-Year Placement Exam Chart  for information about which placement exams are required by your academic unit.

If you are an LSA student and have already received your AP Chemistry exam results, and achieved a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam, then you do not need to complete this exam. 
If you are an Engineering student and have already received your AP Chemistry exam results, and achieved a score of 4, or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam, then you do not need to complete this exam. 
If you have not yet received your AP score, please take the placement.

When is it available and when should I take it?
The Chemistry Placement is available starting in May.
Take the placement at least 10 business days prior to your session.
You must complete the Math Placement prior to the Chemistry Placement, so please plan accordingly!

How long is the Chemistry Placement?
Standard test time is 60 minutes unless an extended time request is made.
Complete a Chemistry Placement Extended Time Request Form to request extended.

How do I take it?
The Chemistry Placement is available through Canvas.
You must first self-enroll in the placement by going to: https://umich.instructure.com/enroll/T4AKRE
Click on “Self-Enroll” 
Select "Go to Course"
Read the instructions on the page and begin the test when you are ready.
You do not have to take the Placement at the time you Self-Enroll in the course.  After you self-enroll, it will be available from your Canvas Dashboard to take when you are ready to do so.

Questions?
For questions about the Chemistry Placement, please email chemundergrad@umich.edu. Please include your uniqname or UMID number in your inquiries.


DIRECTED SELF-PLACEMENT for WRITING (DSP)

Do I have to take the DSP?
Review the First-Year Placement Exam Chart (available in April) for information about which placement exams are required by your academic unit.
The Directed Self-Placement for Writing (DSP) gives you a chance to learn about the types of academic writing most often assigned and valued at the University of Michigan.

When is it available and when should I take it?
The DSP is available in starting in May.
Submit the DSP at least 5 business days prior to your session. 

How long is the DSP?
The DSP is a writing prompt and may take several hours to write a response.
There is no time limit for writing your essay, however please be mindful that you need to submit the DSP at least 5 business days prior to your session. 

How do I take it?
Follow the instructions for completing the DSP on the Sweetland Center for Writing Website.

Questions?
Email sweetlandinfo@umich.edu for questions about the Directed Self-Placement for Writing.


LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAMS:

Please note that placements are used for placement only and some departments may require a results validation process if you are placing out of a degree requirement.

Do I have to take the Language Placement Exam?
Review the Summer Admit First-Year Placement Exam Chart  for information about which placement exams are required by your academic unit.

AP credit is applied differently based on the language department and your Academic Unit’s AP credit policies. You may still need to take a placement regardless of previous credit. Please visit the website of the language department for more information.

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/or you plan to continue in that language. 

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.

When are they available and when should I take it?
Availability varies based on the language. More information will be available in April/May.

Some tests are online and some include virtual interviews. Take your placement test, including any virtual interviews, at least TWO WEEKS prior to your registered 2-Day Synchronous Orientation Experience so that your results can be processed and made available.

How long are the Language Placements?
Length and process of the placement varies based on the language. Some tests are online and some include virtual interviews. 
More information will be available in April/May.

How do I take the Language Placements?
Process to take the language placements varies based on the language. Please refer to the list of languages available to take a placement in, when available in April/May.
Not all languages will be available to take online in advance as some may be offered as a proctored exam in a later term. You can find more information about other languages from our Language Department websites and contact information page.

Questions?
Please contact the department of the language directly for questions. More information will be available in April/May.


Below is a list of Languages offered online, as part of Orientation:

Available Language Online Placements:

Arabic Placement Exam - Available on select dates between May 18 - August 23

The Arabic Placement is a virtually proctored placement offered a few times over the summer. Registration is required on Middle East Studies Website. If possible, please register for a placement that occurs prior to your scheduled orientation session in order to allow your placement results to be available to your Academic Advisor. Please review the Middle East Studies Website for more information and contact information. Contact mesarabicprogram@umich.edu for any questions or accommodations for the Arabic Placement.


Chinese Placement - Available on select dates April - August

The Chinese Placement is a virtually proctored placement offered a few times over the summer. Registration is required on the Asian Languages and Cultures' website. If possible, please register for a placement that occurs prior to your scheduled orientation session in order to allow your placement results to be available to your Academic Advisor. Please review the Asian Languages and Cultures’ website for more information and contact information. Contact Kening Li, Director of the Chinese Language Program, at keningli@umich.edu for questions or accommodations for the Chinese placement.


Filipino Placement - Available June 1 - August 31

The Filipino Placement consists of an online placement test in Canvas, followed by scheduling a placement interview with Irene Gonzaga (igonzaga@umich.edu). Please visit the Asian Languages and Culture’s website and click on the tab for “Southeast Asian Language Tests” for more information. Contact Irene Gonzaga at igonzaga@umich.edu for questions or accommodations for the Filipino placement.


French Placement Exam  

The French Placement Exam is a Canvas placement Test. Self-enroll for the French Placement and click on “Enroll in this course” on the right hand side. After you enroll, you can go to the course and begin reading the instructions for the placement.  Contact rll.placement@umich.edu for questions. Complete an RLL accommodation form for extended time on the French placement.


German Placement Exam

The German Placement is a Canvas placement test and may include scheduling an interview with the German department. Self-enroll for the German Placement Exam and click on “Enroll in this course” on the right hand side. After you enroll, you can go to the course and begin reading the instructions for the placement. Contact germanplacement@umich.edu for questions or accommodations for the German placement.


Modern Hebrew Placement - Available through August 13

Email Dr. Adi Raz (adiraz@umich.edu) to schedule a placement interview. Contact Dr. Adi Raz at adiraz@umich.edu for questions, scheduling and accommodations for the Modern Hebrew placement.


Indonesian Placement Exam - Available through mid-August

The Indonesian Placement is a Canvas placement test and a zoom interview with the Asian Languages and Cultures department. Self-enroll for the Indonesian Placement and click on “Enroll in this course” on the right hand side. After you enroll, you can go to the course and begin reading the instructions for the placement. Contact Agustini at agustini@umich.edu to schedule a placement interview (after you complete the Canvas test), or for any questions about the Indonesian Placement.


Italian Placement Exam

The Italian Placement will be available directly from your Canvas Dashboard. If you have no prior experience in Italian, you do not need to take the placement, however all incoming students will have access to the test if they need to take it. Validation of results may be required through an additional process. Contact rll.placement@umich.edu for questions. Complete an RLL accommodation form for extended time on the Italian placement.


Japanese Placement Exam - Available May 10 - August 15

The Japanese Placement is a Canvas placement test and a virtual interview with the Asian Languages and Cultures department. Self-enroll for the Japanese Placement and click on “Enroll in this course” on the right hand side. After you enroll, you can go to the course and begin reading the instructions for the placement. Contact Ayaka Sogabe (asogabe@umich.edu) or Yoshihiro Mochizuki (mochiey@umich.edu) with any questions or accommodations for the Japanese Placement.


Korean Placement Exam -  Available May 17th - July 16th

The Korean Placement includes an online Canvas placement and may be followed by a virtual interview. Visit the Asian Languages and Cultures website for additional information and instructions to access the online placement. Contact Dr. Soyeon Kim, Director of the Korean Language Program (ksoyeon@umich.edu) for any questions or accommodations for the placement.


Latin Placement Exam - Available in May

The Latin Placement is a Canvas placement test. Self-enroll for the Latin Placement and click on “Enroll in this course” on the right hand side. After you enroll, you can go to the course and begin reading the instructions for the placement. Contact classics@umich.edu for questions or accommodations for the Latin placement.


Russian Placement Exam

The Russian Placement is a Canvas placement test. Self-enroll for the Russian Placement and click on “Enroll in this course” on the right hand side. After you enroll, you can go to the course and begin reading the instructions for the placement. Contact slavic@umich.edu for questions or accommodations for the Russian Placement


South Asian Languages: Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, & Urdu - April 28 - August 19

Information about the Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu placements can be found in a Canvas course. Self-enroll in Canvas link for instructions to schedule exam and/or placement interview by going to: South Asian Language placements and click on “Enroll in this course” on the right hand side. After you enroll, you can go to the course and begin reading the instructions for how to complete placement. Please refer to the contacts below for each language:

  • Bengali: Faijul Hoque (drhoque@umich.edu)
  • Hindi and Urdu: Syed Ali (ekhteyar@umich.edu) 
  • Punjabi: Pinderjeet Gill (pjgill@umich.edu)
  • Vidya Mohan (mohanvid@umich.edu)

Spanish Placement Exam

You will automatically have access to the Spanish Placement from your Canvas Dashboard. If you have no prior experience in Spanish, you do not need to take the placement, however all incoming students will have access to the test if they need to take it. Validation of results may be required through an additional process. Contact rll.placement@umich.edu for questions. Complete an RLL accommodation form for extended time on the Spanish Placement.


Thai Placement Exam - Available May 24 - August 24

The Thai Placement is a Canvas placement test and followed by scheduling an interview. Self-enroll for the Thai Placement and click on “Enroll in this course” on the right hand side. After you enroll, you can go to the course and begin reading the instructions for the placement. Contact Aimkamon Bunmee (aimkamon@umich.edu) for any questions or accommodations for the Thai placement.


Additional Languages

If you are interested in a language not listed above, please find more information about the Language Departments offered at UM and visit their website for contact informationVisit our language department contacts page.

Step 4: Academic Unit Pre-Advising Activities

Each Academic Unit has its own set of mandatory pre-advising activities. Information about these will be included in the last section of the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course (Step 2 of Online Orientation). Examples of pre-advising activities might include an Academic Unit specific Canvas course, an Academic Unit website to review, a pre-registration activity. You will need to have all of these activities completed before your 2-Day Synchronous Orientation Experience session. Your Academic Unit may also communicate tasks and information directly, 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, Google Hangouts/Meet and Remote Office Hours are a few of the virtual tools your school or college may utilize for remote advising. Familiarize yourself with these tools and set up accounts:

Set up your UMICH Zoom Account!

Set up your U-M Google Accounts!

Learn About 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 for advising. There are several online tutorials available to assist you in learning Wolverine Access prior to orientation:

Tutorials: 

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

School & College Course Guides: 

Kinesiology

Literature, Science, and the Arts

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

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 for advising. There are several online tutorials available to assist you in learning Wolverine Access prior to orientation:

Tutorials: 

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

School & College Course Guides: 

Kinesiology

Literature, Science, and the Arts

Submit Your Mcard Photo

The Mcard is your official University of Michigan identification card. You will use it all over campus to identify yourself as a member of the university community. Mcards are printed and distributed by the Mcard Center. At this time, you should submit a photo to be used for your MCard. Your photo can be submitted online at: http://www.finance.umich.edu/treasury/mcard/timesaver.

Closer to the start of the term, the Mcard Center will communicate about Mcard distribution. Due to COVID-19, Mcard Center hours are impacted and subject to change. Please check the Mcard Center website for up-to-date hours before picking up your Mcard. 

Mcards will not be mailed. Government issued photo ID (driver's license, state ID, military ID or passport) will be required when picking up the Mcard. If you have any questions, contact the MCard Center at 734-936-2273, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Update Your Current Address in Wolverine Access (for Time Zone Purposes)

Updating your current address will let us know where you are when completing online orientation. This helps your academic unit know what time zone you are in. If you have not already updated your current address, you can do so by:

  • Going to https://wolverineaccess.umich.edu/collection/all/student-wolverine-access
  • Select “Student Business”
  • Log in with your uniqname and password
  • Select the tile “Campus Personal Information”
  • On the “Addresses” tab you should see the addresses the University has on record
  • Use the pencil icon next to the Current Local address to edit it
  • Update your address, press OK and then Save

More instructions can be found at: https://csprod.dsc.umich.edu/htmldoc/eng/dftie/lsaa/htm/cc_ss_updateaddresses.html

For students who will be living on campus, please be sure to update your current address again when you move to campus.

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

-- AUDITIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 15th 

Students interested in auditioning for the Michigan Marching Band must submit their audition materials online by July 15th, 2021. 

For more information on auditions, please click on the image above, or visit the link directly at: https://www.michiganmarchingband.com/audition