Winter Transfer Orientation Overview

The purpose of Transfer Orientation is to provide new transfer students with a smooth and helpful transition into the University of Michigan. For winter transfer students, Transfer Orientation is comprised of two distinct activities:  

  1. A mandatory Michigan Online Transfer Orientation Module (MOTOM) that provides an overview of campus resources, policies, processes, and traditions.
  2. A mandatory In-Person Transfer Orientation Program, which includes academic advising, course registration, a campus tour, and more. 

The first part of your Transfer Student Orientation is the Michigan Online Transfer Orientation Module (MOTOM). You will receive complete details about this online module after you have registered for your In-Person Transfer Orientation (details below). 

By completing the Michigan Online Transfer Orientation Module and your In-Person Transfer Orientation, you will complete all necessary procedures for class registration including placement testing, Wolverine Access tutorials, and academic advising, as well as learn about Michigan's resources and services to help you succeed. Orientation also gives you a chance to meet other new transfer students and helps to prepare you for your transition to U-M. 

Information about Winter 2020 Orientation programs will be sent to your UMICH email account beginning in November, if you have paid your enrollment deposit. 

Click on the links to learn more about each of these things as you make your plans for orientation!

In-Person Transfer Orientation Dates

All of the December Transfer Orientation sessions have passed. If you did not sign up to attend a December date, you must attend the two-day Orientation program in January. The two-day Winter Orientation program on January 6-7, 2020 will allow students to complete all necessary procedures for class registration including placement testing, general information sessions, and academic advising. This program is a mixed program for transfers and freshmen. For full details about the Winter Orientation in January, including check-in time and location, click here

 

For students admitted to Winter 2020, four 1-day In-Person Transfer Orientation Programs will be offered in December. Plan to attend in December if your academic school/college offers a December session. If your school/college does not offer a Transfer Orientation program in December, or you did not sign up for a December date, you are required to attend the two-day orientation program in January. 

Program dates depend on the academic school or college to which you have been admitted: 

Dental Hygiene:

  • December 12, 2019

Education

  • December 16, 2019

Engineering

  • Aerospace
    • December 13, 2019
  • Biomedical
    • December 16, 2019
  • Chemical
    • December 16, 2019
  • Civil
    • December 12, 2019
  • Climate & Meteorology
    • December 12, 2019
  • Computer
    • TBD
  • Computer Science
    • December 12, 2019
  • Data Science
    • January 6-7, 2020
  • Electrical
    • December 16, 2019
  • Environmental
    • December 12, 2019
  • Industrial & Operations
    • December 12, 2019
  • Material
    • December 16, 2019
  • Mechanical
    • December 12, 2019
    • December 13, 2019
    • December 16, 2019
  • Naval Architecture & Marine
    • ​December 16, 2019
  • Nuclear
    • ​December 16, 2019
  • Physics
    • December 16, 2019
  • Space Science
    • December 12, 2019

Kinesiology

  • December 13, 2019

Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)

  • December 12, 2019
  • December 13, 2019
  • December 16, 2019
  • December 17, 2019
  • January 6-7, 2020

LSA Comprehensive Studies Program*

  • December 13, 2019
  • December 16, 2019

*Review your letter of admission to determine if you have been selected for the Comprehensive Studies Program. Questions pertaining to your selection for this program can be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

LSA Honors Program

  • December 16, 2019

LSA Residential College

  • December 13, 2019

Music, Theatre, & Dance

  • January 6-7, 2020

Information about Transfer Orientation is emailed in mid-November to the UMICH email accounts of all students who have paid their enrollment deposit. When you register for orientation, you will select an appropriate orientation session based on your academic unit and space availability. Program dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Check-In

Check-In Time

Check-in for the Transfer Orientation Programs in December is 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. in the Michigan League.

Check-In Procedures

When you arrive for orientation, you will be asked to sign in and will receive some orientation materials and further instructions. Please plan to bring a photo ID with you in order to pick up your MCard, and a backpack or book bag in which to put your orientation materials. 

Program Schedule

Check-in for the December orientation programs is at 8:00 a.m. in the Michigan League. Orientation activities will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Plan to be in scheduled activities for this entire time. 

Orientation schedules are unique to each student and are based on the academic school/college to which the student has been admitted. Students will receive their customized schedule at check-in. 

Here is the general outline of events (subject to change):

  • Check-in and receive Mcard (if photo was submitted in advance prior to deadline)
  • Welcome Meeting and Transfer Transition
  • Take Placement Exams OR Central Campus Walking Tour
  • Campus Safety
  • UMetc Performance
  • Lunch and Transfer Student Experience Discussion
  • Academic School/College Information & Requirements
  • Academic Advising
  • Course Registration
  • Central Campus Walking Tour (for students who took placement exams)
  • Optional North Campus Tour
Program Fees

The fee for Transfer Orientation for Winter 2020 is $103. This fee will be billed to your student account in the winter term. Do not bring this fee with you to orientation.

Lodging

Lodging is not provided as part of the 1-Day Transfer Orientation programs. If you find that due to travel distance, you need to arrive in Ann Arbor the day before your orientation program, or stay the night after your orientation program, you will need to make hotel arrangements on your own. Discounted rates of $97 (+11% tax)/per night for either a single or double occupancy at the Kensington Hotel or the Holiday Inn Express & Suites/The EVEN Hotel are available for orientation participants.

The Kensington Hotel (3500 South State Street, Ann Arbor, 48108) and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites/The EVEN Hotel (600 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, 48108) are both located on the same property, approximately 22 miles west of Detroit Metropolitan Airport and just 2 miles south of the University of Michigan near I-94. Please note that these hotels are not within walking distance of the orientation program, and you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation from the hotels to the orientation program. 

Services and amenities for both facilities include an indoor fitness center, pool and whirlpool. Each room features a hair dryer, coffee maker, full-size ironing board, 2 telephones and data ports, complimentary high-speed internet access throughout the property, and a $10 voucher at rel-ish Restaurant inside The Kensington. Accessible rooms for people with disabilities are available.

The Kensington Hotel, in addition to the amenities and services listed above, features rel-ish Restaurant, a full-service restaurant and bar, room service, pillow-top mattresses, complimentary bottled water, updated fitness facility, business center, mini-fridge, and sauna. Complimentary breakfast at rel-ish Restaurnt is also provided. 

Reservations must be reserved no later than one week in advance of your planned arrival; earlier reservations are recommended as space is limited. Reservations made less than one week before your arrival date, and extended stays, are subject to availability. The Office of New Student Programs is not responsible for making hotel reservations

 

You can make reservations at either the Kensington Hotel or Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Ann Arbor by phone at 800-344-7829 and reference U-M Transfer Orientation for the discounted rate. 

Placement Exam Overview

Placement exams in mathematics, writing, and selected languages are available to take on-line 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 - information will be available in November.

Current students who are looking to take a langauge placement exam should review the following schedule of available language placement exam dates - available in November.

**Students who need to arrange for extended testing time on on-line exams should complete the online form on the Testing Accommodation Center's website.

Directions and Parking

For students who drive to the December Transfer Orientation programs, parking will be available at the Maynard Street Parking Structure, located at 324 Maynard Street, between East William and East Liberty. Cost is $1.20 per hour. Visit campusinfo.umich.edu/campusmap for an interactive map.  Do not park at a parking meter. Parking meters have short time limits, and you will not have time throughout the day to move your car. 

 

Driving Directions to Michigan League

From the North (Flint)

  • US-23 South to M-14 West (exit 45)
  • M-14 West to Exit 3 - Downtown Ann Arbor
  • Exit turns into Main Street
  • Take Main Street 0.7 miles to Depot St.
  • Turn left on Depot St.
  • Turn right on N. State St.
  • Turn left on E. Huron St.
  • Turn right onto Fletcher St.
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your right at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher and N. University Ave.

From the East (Windsor, Detroit and Airports)

  • I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • North (right) on State Street
  • Take State Street approximately 3 miles.
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your left at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher St. and N. University Ave.

From the South (Toledo)

  • US-23 North to I-94 West (exit 35)
  • I-94 to State Street (exit 177)
  • North (right) on State Street
  • Take State Street approximately 3 miles
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your left at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher St. and N. University Ave.

From the West (Jackson)

  • I-94 East to State Street (exit 177)
  • North (left) on State Street
  • Take State Street approximately 3 miles.
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your left at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher St. and N. University Ave.

 

Driving Directions to the Maynard St. Parking Structure

From the North (Flint)

  • Take US-23 South to M-14 (exit 45)
  • Take M-14 West to Exit 3 - Downtown Ann Arbor (exit turns into Main Street)
  • Take Main Street 0.7 miles to Depot St.
  • Turn left on Depot St.
  • Turn right on N. State St.
  • Turn right on E. William St.
  • Turn left on Maynard St.
  • The Maynard Street Parking Structure will be on your right.

From the East (Windsor, Detroit and Airports)

  • Take I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn right (North) on State Street
  • Travel approximately 3 miles; turn left at stop light onto William St. 
  • Take William St. one block to Maynard St.
  • Turn right (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking structure will be on your left.

From the South (Toledo)

  • Take US-23 North to I-94 West (exit 35)
  • Take I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn right (North) on State Street
  • Travel approximately 3 miles; turn left at stop light onto William St. 
  • Take William St. one block to Maynard St.
  • Turn right (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking structure will be on your left.

From the West (Jackson)

  • Take I-94 East to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn left (North) on State Street
  • Travel approximately 3 miles; turn left at stop light onto William St. 
  • Take William St. one block to Maynard St.
  • Turn right (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking structure will be on your left. 
Cannot Attend December Transfer Orientation?

Orientation is mandatory for all incoming transfer students, including transfer students from the U-M Flint and U-M Dearborn campuses. The Office of New Student Programs strongly encourages transfer students to attend a December Transfer Orientation program if possible. 

The December Transfer Orientation programs (see details above) allow students to focus on the issues they face when making the transition from one college to another, without having to deal with the additional pressures of moving to Ann Arbor, saying good bye to friends and family, adjusting to a new campus, and starting classes right away. The December Transfer Orientation programs also allow students to take care of University business before offices close for winter break.  

If your academic unit does not offer a Transfer Orientation program in December or you are an international transfer student, you must attend the two-day Winter Orientation program on January 6- 7, 2020. All other transfer students must attend a Transfer Orientation program in December. If you are unable to attend a Transfer Orientation program in December due to conflicts with final exams at your current school, please contact the Office of New Student Programs, by emailing onsp@umich.edu, to get permission to attend orientation in January. The two-day Winter Orientation program on January 6-7, 2020 will allow students to complete all necessary procedures for class registration including placement testing, general information sessions, and academic advising. This program is a mixed program for transfers and freshmen. For full details about the Winter Orientation in January, including check-in time and location, click here

Accessible Accommodations

The Office of New Student Programs can coordinate accessible accommodations such as extended testing time; testing assistance; and, vision, hearing, and mobility accommodations. Please note: participants will need to travel to various points on campus during their orientation. We do have a wheelchair available for those who may need to rent one for the day.  In addition, you are welcome to bring to campus what you may already utilize to ensure you are able to participate in the full range of activities scheduled during your orientation. 

You can contact our office regarding necessary arrangements in two ways:

  • You can mark the appropriate box during web registration, and we will contact you prior to your program to discuss your needs.
  • You can 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.

**Students who need to arrange for extended testing time should visit the Testing Accommodation Center for more information.

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.

If you are vegetarian or vegan, and/or you have a food allergy of any type, please indicate that on your Orientation registration.

Transfer Student Checklist

Please take a moment to review this checklist that ONSP has created to assist you.