Summer Transfer Orientation Overview

Wolverine Online Orientation provides students with a smooth transition to the University of Michigan and will introduce you to the University community and the opportunities available to you. You cannot register for classes until you complete all 5 steps of Wolverine Online Orientation.


We look forward to working with you as you start your journey as a Michigan Wolverine. Wolverine Online 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 early-May to register with information and instructions to complete Wolverine Online Orientation, including registering for an Academic Advising Date. 

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


Getting Started

The University of Michigan has many online tools available to use by students. Read below for an introduction to these tools and how to access your accounts. Many of these will be used for Wolverine Online Orientation, so getting familiar with how to use them prior to your Academic Advising Date is important! Then, be sure to read the information on this website along with the information in your invite and confirmation emails!


Wolverine Online Orientation uses a learning management system called Canvas. You’ll also use this system for many of your classes when you get to campus. So, you can use Wolverine Online Orientation as a way to get comfortable with Canvas before you begin classes. Once you have your Uniqname and password set up, you can access Canvas. If you have any technology-related issues with Canvas, contact U-M’s Technology and Information Services for help! There are also many additional resources on how to use Canvas:

Getting Started with Canvas at UMICH

Computer Specifications for Canvas 

Supported Browsers to use Canvas

Using Canvas on Mobile Device (not recommended for completing Wolverine Transition Course or Online Placement Exams)

Accessibility Features of Canvas

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 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!

Remote Office Hours

Five Steps of Wolverine Online Orientation

Wolverine Online Orientation consists of five steps:

  1. Register for an Academic Advising Date in Wolverine Access
  2. Complete the Wolverine Transfer Transition Course in Canvas
  3. Complete online placement exams (if required by your academic school/college)
  4. Complete your academic school/college pre-advising and advising activities
  5. Online participation in your regsitered Academic Advising Date, which includes academic advising and course registration for Summer Term courses.

Each step of Wolverine Online Orientation may take several hours to complete so be sure to plan accordingly. The Office of New Student Programs will email you to your UMICH email when regsitration for an Academic Advising Date is open and you should register for a date as soon as possible. 

Steps 2 - 4 should be completed 1-2 weeks in advance of your registered Academic Advising Date to ensure you are prepared to register for courses. Failure to complete steps 2 - 4 in advance could delay your course registration. 

If you have questions, concerns, or have trouble completing any of the steps above, don’t hesitate to contact our staff at or 734-764-6413.

Wolverine Online Orientation Fee

The fee for Wolverine Online Orientation is $98.00. This will be billed to your student account in the summer, at the time that tuition is billed.

Placement Exam Information

Placement exams in mathematics, the Directed Self-Placement for Writing, and selected languages are available online to take prior to your Academic Advising Date. 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
  • Or, you wish to continue in these subjects

Please visit Online Placement Exams under the Preparing for your Advising Date link to the left for detailed information about the exams offered.

A chart detailing what placement exams are required by academic unit. URL to an HTML version is linked.

+ School of Education transfer students who will be continuing their studies in mathematics or in a world language, or if they are seeking teacher certification in mathematics or a world language, are required to take the math placement exam or language placement exam. School of Education students who do not intend to take math courses or language courses at Michigan are not required to take the placement exams.

* College of Engineering students are encouraged, though not required, to take language placement exams.  Depending on their score, students may receive academic credit. Students intending to enroll in a language course in their first term should take the placement online in advance. Students who are intending to use the placement for credit should wait until the Fall to take the placement. College of Engineering students who are preferred admits to the Ross Business School are required to take a language placement exam if they have any experience in one (for languages available to take online in advance).

**School of Information and School of Kinesiology students who have an interest in taking a language placement exam (for example, if they plan to minor in a language) may do so if they want.

^ Transfer students entering any of the Performing Arts Technology Programs (PAT) in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance MUST take the math exam. Other students in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance are not required to take the math placement.

% Transfer students studying Piano or voice Performance, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Performance (Acting) in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, are required to take a language placement exam. Other SMTD students are not required to take a language placement exam, but are encouraged to do so if they have any previous experience with these languages.

# Transfer students in these schools/colleges (Business, Dental Hygiene, Education, Information, Kinesiology, Nursing, Public Heath) must have completed the equivalent of our First Year Writing Requirement. Please visit the Sweetland Writing Center Transfer Student website and follow the directions to determine your next steps.

Accessibility & Testing Accommodations

Students who need to arrange for extended testing time for online placement exams (Math, Spanish, French, or Itailian) 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 Deparment contacts for more information.

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. SSD can also assist with making accommodation arrangements for online placement exams beyond extended time.

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

Support and Contact Information

Our orientation staff is readily available to assist you with the Online Orientation and/or questions about the University. Feel free to contact us at or call (734) 6413. We will soon have an online chat option available as well!