Spring Transfer Orientation Overview

The purpose of orientation is to provide students with a smooth and helpful transition to the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan expects all new students who are admitted for the Spring Term to complete all components of Spring Term Orientation prior to the start of Spring Term classes.


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 spring term 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, and register for your first semester of classes.   After you have been admitted to U-M and paid the $300 EDR, you will receive an email in mid-April to register for an Advising Date.  You will also receive instructions on how to complete the online orientation modules and placement tests prior to your Advising Date.

If you have questions about your next steps or the orientation programs, please call ONSP at (734)-764-6413 or email onsp@umich.edu.

Five Steps of Online Orientation

Your Online Spring Term Orientation consists of five steps:

  1. Signing up for your Spring Academic Advising Date in Wolverine Access
  2. Completion of the Michigan Online Transfer Orientation Module
  3. Completion of online placement exams (if required by your academic school/college)
  4. Completion of your academic school/college online module and/or pre-advising activities
  5. Online participation in Spring Academic Advising Day on Monday, May 4, which includes academic advising and course registration for Spring Term courses.
Spring Academic Advising Date: Monday, May 4 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Information about Spring Term Online Orientation will be emailed in mid-April to the UMICH email accounts of all students who have paid their enrollment deposit. Your Spring Term Academic Advising Date will be Monday, May 4. Plan to be available from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on that day for advising activities and course registration. You must complete all the steps of Orientation, including registering for the Spring Academic Advising Date, in order to register for courses.

Program Fees

The Spring Term Orientation fee for 2020 is $98.00. This charge will be billed to your student account in May. 

Placement Exam Information

Placement exams in mathematics, the Directed Self-Placement for Writing, and selected languages are advailable to take online prior to orientation. All tests are for placement in University of Michigan courses only.  Advisors use the information from the placement exams in conjunction with information from your transcripts and your prior course experience. Students are not expected to study or prepare in advance for the placement exams.

Placement exams are mandatory if:

  • You are required to take these subjects by your academic school/college
  • You wish to continue in these subjects

Please visit Online Placement Exams under the Preparing for Orientation link to the left for an explanation of each exam (opening dates, due dates, etc.), as well as links to the exams.

**Students who need to arrange for extended testing time should fill out the online form on the Testing Accommodation Center's website.

Accessibility & Testing Accommodations

Students who need to arrange for extended testing time for on-line placement tests must complete the online request form located on the Testing Accommodation Center website.

Accommodations made during orientation do 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 as soon as possible to discuss your school year needs.

Please contact the Office of New Student Programs at onsp@umich.edu with any concerns you have completing Online Orientation, we are here to help!