Spring 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 attend Spring Term Orientation prior to the start of Spring Term classes.

While at Spring Term Orientation, students complete all necessary steps to attend the University of Michigan for the Spring Term, including placement testing, group and individual academic advising, and course registration. Students leave orientation with their Spring 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

Spring Term Orientation will be Monday, April 30, 2018. Spring Term classes begin on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.  

Information about Spring Term Orientation is emailed in early April to the UMICH email accounts of all students who have paid their enrollment deposit.

Program Check-In

Check-In Time

Check-in for the Spring Term Orientation program will be between 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Angell Hall Posting Wall. Angell Hall is located at 435 S. State Street.

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

Spring Term Orientation begins at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018. Students should plan to be in required orientation activities from 8:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The schedule of sessions is unique to each student based on his/her academic advising schedule and is subject to change.

Sample Orientation Schedule:

  • Check-In
  • Pick Up MCard
  • Placement Exams OR Campus Tour
  • Campus Information & Resources
  • Campus Safety
  • Money Matters
  • Lunch & Student Experience Discussion
  • Academic Advising
  • Course Registration
  • Campus Tour for students who took placement exams
  • Optional North Campus Tour
Program Fees

The Spring Term Orientation fee for 2018 is $103.00. This fee will be billed to your student account in May. Do not bring this fee with you to orientation. 

Lodging

We cannot provide accommodations during your orientation program. If you need overnight accommodations before or after your orientation program, you will need to make your own arrangements at an area hotel. Visit www.visitannarbor.org for a listing of area hotels.

Students who have residence hall contracts may move into their assigned residence hall on TBD. Contact the Housing Information Office at (734) 763-3164 for more information about residence hall move-in. 

Placement Exam Information

Placement exams in chemistry, mathematics, certain languages, and an essay and questions to help you choose your first 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

Please visit Online & Proctored 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 visit the Testing Accommodation Center for more information.

Directions and Parking

Check-in for Spring Term Orientation is at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Angell Hall Posting Wall. Angell Hall is located at 435 S. State Street. We recommend that you park at the Maynard Street Parking Structure, located at 324 Maynard Street (directions below). 

Driving Directions to Angell Hall

A map of Central Campus

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

A map of Central Campus

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
  • 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. 
Special Accommodations

The Office of New Student Programs can coordinate certain accommodations such as extended testing time; testing assistance; and, assistance for 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.

If you are vegetarian or vegan, you do not need to indicate any special accommodations on your orientation registration. All meals at orientation offer some vegetarian and vegan options. However, if you have a food allergy of any type, please note the allergy on your orientation registration.