Winter International Orientation Overview

Winter Orientation 2018 will be on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Orientation is required for all new students. 
The purpose of orientation is to provide students with a smooth and helpful transition to the University of Michigan.

All new freshmen admitted to Winter Term, and all new transfer students who did not attend a December Transfer Orientation, must attend Winter Orientation in January, prior to the start of Winter Term classes.

While at Winter Orientation, students complete all necessary steps to attend the University of Michigan for the Winter Term, including placement testing, group and individual academic advising, and course registration. Students leave orientation with their Winter Term schedule of classes, including sections and times. In addition, students learn about the resources available at Michigan to help them be successful – academically, socially, and emotionally.  

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

Program Dates

Dates for Winter Orientation 2018 will be Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Orientation is a 1-day program, and students should plan to be in orientation activities from 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

Information about Winter Orientation is emailed in November to the UMICH email accounts of all students who have paid their enrollment deposit.

Program Check-In

Check-In Time

Check-in for the Winter Orientation program will be from 10:15-11:00 a.m. at the Angell Hall Posting Wall. However, some students will need to arrive PRIOR to the check-in time to take placement exams (see below). 

 

Check-In Procedures

Check-in will be on the ground floor of Angell Hall, at the “Posting Wall”. Angell Hall is located at 435 S. State Street between S. University Avenue and E. William Street. Enter through the main entrance (with the columns) and follow the signs to the “Posting Wall” for check-in. 

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.

In addition, F-1 and J-1 visa holders will participate in the International Center Mandatory Check-In during the orientation program. Students should bring the original and a photocopy (black and white) of the following immigration documents:

  • Your passport (pages containing your picture, passport validity and U.S. visa)
  • I-20 (page 1) or DS-2019 (page 1)
  • Print out of Form I-94 from www.cbp.gov/I94 OR I-94 card (small white card in passport) front side (if you were issued one)

Copies must be made after you have entered the U.S. and should be on 8.5 x 11" paper. 

 

Arrival Time for Placement Exams

If you are required by your academic school or college to take the chemistry exam (freshmen only) or a language exam in French, Italian, or Russian, your arrival time will be earlier than the 10:15 check-in time. Please see the "Program Schedule" listed below for placement exam times and locations. Placement exams begin PROMPTLY at the times listed below. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the time listed. Late arrivals will not be allowed to take the exam. 

 

Program Schedule

The program schedule is dependent upon your academic school or college. The schedule below is a general guide of orientation activities. You will receive your individual schedule when you check-in for orientation. The program will last until approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2. Attendance at all sessions of orientation is mandatory. Classes begin on Wednesday, January 3.

Please be advised that Monday, January 1 is a University holiday, and the only University business that you will be able to complete are the required orientation activities scheduled on this day. All University offices will be closed. Lunch will be provided during the program.

 

Winter Orientation Schedule, Tuesday, January 2, 2018
(Schedule is subject to change)

8:30-9:20 a.m.
Chemistry Placement Exam at Angell Hall, Aud. A

 

9:30-10:45 a.m.
Language Placement Exams

  • French at Angell Hall, Aud. A
  • Italian & Russian at Angell Hall, Aud. B

 

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Orientation Check-In at Angell Hall Posting Wall

 

11:00-11:45 a.m.
Welcome & Information at Angell Hall, Aud. A

 

11:45-12:15 p.m.
Campus Safety at Angell Hall, Aud. A

 

12:15-12:25 p.m.
Pick up boxed lunches

 

12:25-12:55 p.m.
Campus Transportation & Lunch at Angell Hall, Aud. A

 

12:55-1:15 p.m.
Travel to Academic Advising; locations vary

 

4:30, 5:30, 6:30
Central Campus Walking Tours depart from front steps of Angell Hall

 

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
International Student Mandatory Check-in at Angell Hall, Aud. A
All international students must attend this check-in. At Winter Orientation, you will participate in the mandatory check-in required by the Department of Homeland Security. As part of that check-in, you will need to bring the original AND a photocopy of the following documents:

  • Page 1 of your I-20 or DS-2019
  • Printout of Form I-94 from www.cbp.gov/I94 OR I-94 card (small white card in passport) front side (if you were issued one)
  • F-1 or J-1 visa (except Canadian citizens)
  • Passport picture page

Photocopies must be made after you enter the U.S. Photocopies must be black and white and each photocopy must be on standard letter size paper (8 ½ x 11 inches).

 

 

Program Fees

The Winter Orientation fee for 2018 will be $103. This fee will be billed to your student account in January. Do not send this fee in advance. Once you check in for orientation, you are responsible for this fee whether or not you complete the program and enroll at the University of Michigan. 

Lodging

Students who have residence hall contracts may move into their assigned residence hall between 3:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Monday, January 1. Students should plan to move in on early, so that you are settled and ready to participate in the orientation program on Tuesday.

Please Note: Meal service will be limited.

We are unable to provide housing to students without U-M residence contracts during orientation. If you do not live in a residence hall, or if you need to stay overnight before the residence halls open, please make arrangements at a local hotel prior to your arrival on campus. For hotel information, visit www.visitannarbor.org.  

If you are staying in a hotel prior to orientation, we recommend that you leave your luggage at the hotel until you are able to move into your residence hall. We cannot accommodate luggage at orientation.

Placement Exam Overview

Placement exams in chemistry (freshmen only), mathematics, languages, and an essay and questions to help students choose your first U-M writing course (a process called Directed Self-Placement for Writing) are administered prior to and/or during 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
  • in the case of writing, to help you choose the writing course most appropriate for you

The University of Michigan provides two types of placement exams for all incoming students: online and proctored (in-person) exams.  The Math and Spanish Tests as well as the Directed Self-Placement for Writing are offered online, and students must complete these exams before attending orientation if required by your academic unit (see below). The chemistry (freshmen only) and other language tests are proctored on campus during winter orientation.

 

Determining Which Placement Exams to Take: 

Below is are quick-glance lists of required tests by school/college/program. 

* First-year students in these schools/colleges are required to take language placement exams if you have ANY previous experience with these languages, regardless of previous credit received.

** College of Engineering students do not need to take language placement exams; however you can receive academic credit if you take the exam and score well on it.

+ If you are studying Piano or Voice Performance, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Performance (Acting) in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, you 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 you have any previous experience with these languages.

^       Transfer students in these schools/colleges are required to take language placement exams if you have ANY previous experience with these languages, regardless of previous credit received.

**      College of Engineering students do not need to take language placement exams; however you can receive academic credit if you take the exam and score well on it.

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

%      School of Education transfer students who will be continuing your studies in a world language, or if you are seeking teacher certification in a world language, are required to take the language placement exam. School of Education students who do not intend to take language courses at Michigan are not required to take the language placement exam.

^^     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 you have any previous experience with these languages. 

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

For more information, and to access the online exams, please go to the "Online and Proctored Placement Exams" section via the Preparing for Orientation link.

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

Directions and Parking

Check-in for Winter Orientation 2018 will be at the Angell Hall posting wall. Angell Hall is located at 435 S. State St. 

For students who drive to orientation, parking will be available at the Maynard St. Parking Structure, located at 324 Maynard St., between East William and East Liberty. Cost is $1.20 per hour. Do not park at a parking meter. You will not have time to put money in the meter throughout the day. 

For printable map of Central Campus is available in PDF format, or an interactive campus map is available online.

 

Driving Directions to Angell Hall (435 S. State Street)

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 to William (approximately 2 miles)
  • Turn left (East) on William to State Street (approximately 1 mile)
  • Turn right (South) on State Street
  • Angell Hall will be on your left

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; Angell Hall will be on your right

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; Angell Hall will be on your right

From the West (Jackson):

  • Take I-94 East to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn left (North) on State Street
  • Travel approximately 3 miles; Angell Hall will be on your right

 

Driving Directions to the Maynard St. Parking Structure (324 Maynard Street)

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 to William (approximately 2 miles)
  • Turn left (East) on William to Maynard St.
  • Turn left (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking structure will be on your left.

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; Angell Hall will be on your right
  • Turn left at the first stop light after Angell Hall. This is 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; Angell Hall will be on your right
  • Turn left at the first stop light after Angell Hall. This is 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; Angell Hall will be on your right
  • Turn left at the first stop light after Angell Hall. This is William St.
  • Take William St. one block to Maynard St.
  • Turn right (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking structure will be on your left. 
Special Accommodations

The Office of New Student Programs can coordinate certain accommodations such as extended testing time; testing assistance; and, vision, hearing, and mobility issues. 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 request one.  However, please consider bringing to campus whatever you might already utilize to ensure you are able to enjoy 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.

Freshmen and Transfer Student Checklists

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

Freshmen Student Checklist

Transfer Student Checklist