Final Fall Orientation Overview

The Office of New Student Programs strongly encourages students to attend orientation during the summer if possible. Specific orientation programs for freshmen, transfer students, and international students are offered throughout the summer.

The Freshman Summer Orientation Programs allow first-year students to focus on the issues they face when making the transition from high school to college, without having to deal with the additional pressures of moving into their residence hall, saying goodbye to friends and family, and adjusting to a new environment.

The Transfer Orientation programs address specific transfer student needs and issues.

The International Student Orientation is a program designed to meet the unique needs of international students.

If you are unable to attend one of the appropriate summer programs due to distance, summer travel, or employment, you may be eligible to attend Final Fall Orientation, which will allow students to complete all necessary procedures for class registration including placement testing, general information sessions, and academic advising.

Request Permission to Attend Final Fall Orientation

To attend Final Fall Orientation, you must receive special permission from the Office of New Student Programs. Each request is approved on a case-by-case basis.

To request permission, follow these instructions:

  • After you have paid your enrollment deposit and received an invitation to register for Orientation, send an email to requesting permission to attend Final Fall Orientation.
  • Put "Request for Final Fall Orientation" in the subject line of the email.
  • In the body of the email, briefly describe the reason you need to attend Final Fall Orientation.
  • Attach supporting documents (e.g., airfare e-ticket, letter from camp, letter from employer, etc.). Not submitting supporting documentation in your original email will significantly delay the process.

Spaces in the Final Fall Orientation program will be filled on a case-by-case basis. If approved, you will receive written confirmation of your assigned orientation date. Your confirmation letter will include specific information regarding check-in, parking, and what to bring to orientation.

Program Dates

Final Fall Orientation is a 3-day program and will be Wednesday, August 28 through Friday, August 30, 2019.

Program Check-In

Check-in for Final Fall Orientation will be on Wednesday, August 28 at 8:00 a.m. at the Angell Hall Posting Wall. Angell Hall is located at 435 S. State St.

Program Schedule

Fall Orientation will include a Welcome Meeting to address general campus information, as well as to go over details about the orientation program; placement exams; and academic advising and course registration. Sessions will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on the first day of the program. Sessions on the 2nd and 3rd days of the program will vary by individual student based on their academic unit’s requirements. Students should plan to be in orientation activities between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 3rd days of the program and should make NO other plans during this time period until after they have checked-in on Tuesday and received their individual customized schedule.

Program Fees

The Fall Orientation fee is $TBD. There will be an additional fee from University Housing if you are moving into a residence hall early (see below). 


We do not provide lodging for students who are attending Fall Orientation. If you will be living in University Housing in the Fall, your move-in date will depend on your residence hall assignment and your contract. If you are assigned to Final Fall Orientation, you will be allowed to move into your assigned residence hall a day early in order to attend the Final Fall Orientation program. You do not need to request an Early Move-In, as we will contact University Housing on your behalf. In such cases, an Early Move-In fee (TBD), which covers the additional room and board up to the start of your contract, will be billed to your student account in September. For additional specific Move-In information, visit the University Housing Website.

If you do not have a residence hall contract for the fall, be sure to check the details of your lease to make sure that you will be able to move in prior to the orientation start date. If you are unable to get into your Fall term space prior to orientation, you will need to make arrangements at an area hotel so that you can attend the Final Fall Orientation.

Placement Exams

Placement exams in chemistry (Freshmen ONLY), mathematics, algorithmic thinking (Freshmen Engineering ONLY), languages, and the self-directed writing essay to help you choose your first writing course 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 school or 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, Algorithmic Thinking, and Spanish tests, as well as the Directed Self-Placement for Writing are offered online, and students must complete these exams before attending orientation. The chemistry and other language tests are proctored on campus during freshman orientation.

Please visit the Freshmen Orientation or Transfer Orientation pages for details regarding placement exams.

Directions & Parking

Final Fall Orientation check-in will take place at Angell Hall, located at 435 S. State St. The nearest public parking structure is located at 324 Maynard St., about 2 blocks away from Angell Hall. Click here for more information about the Maynard St. Parking Structure.

A map of Central Campus

To Angell Hall From the North (Flint)

  1. Take US-23 South to M-14 (exit 45)
  2. Take M-14 West to Exit 3 - Downtown Ann Arbor (exit turns into Main Street)
  3. Take Main Street to William (approximately 2 miles)
  4. Turn left (East) on William to State Street (approximately 1 mile)
  5. Turn right (South) on State Street
  6. Angell Hall will be on your left

To Angell Hall From the East (Windsor, Detroit and Airports)

  1. Take I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  2. Turn right (North) on State Street
  3. Travel approximately 3 miles; Angell Hall will be on your right

To Angell Hall From the South (Toledo)

  1. Take US-23 North to I-94 West (exit 35)
  2. Take I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  3. Turn right (North) on State Street
  4. Travel approximately 3 miles; Angell Hall will be on your right

To Angell Hall From the West (Jackson)

  1. Take I-94 East to State Street (exit 177)
  2. Turn left (North) on State Street
  3. Travel approximately 3 miles; Angell Hall will be on your right
Late Arrivals to Final Fall Orientation

Orientation is designed to make your transition process organized and helpful. Students who come late have more difficulties with advising and registration. If, for some reason, you do arrive late, please report to the Office of New Student Programs, 2011 Student Activites Building, 515 E. Jefferson St., as soon as possible. We will help you as best we can and make arrangements for your academic advising and course registration. Our office is open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Make-up placement exams will take place on Friday, August 30.

What to Bring

Please bring a copy of any IB or AP exam results, and your most recent college transcript (if applicable). You will receive a packet of campus-related information at orientation. You will also receive information specific to your academic school or college when you meet with your academic advisor at orientation.

Getting Your Student ID Card

The Mcard is the official University of Michigan ID card. All new students should submit a photo to be used on your Mcard no later than two weeks prior to your orientation date. To submit your photo online or for information regarding photo specifications, visit If you submit your photo before the cut-off, your Mcard will be completed and ready to pick up during Orientation.

If you have any questions, contact the Mcard Center at 734-936-2273 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. 

If you do not submit your photo in advance, it will delay the processing of your Mcard. You will then need to pick up your official Mcard in person at the Housing Information Office, located at 1011 Student Activities Building.

Special Accommodations

If you have a condition that might affect your participation in orientation, ONSP will coordinate any arrangements you may need while you are on campus for orientation. Services may include extended time testing and testing assistance, as well as some hearing or vision accommodations. Please note: There will be walking involved with Fall Orientation. If you are using crutches or need the assistance of a wheelchair, we can make those arrangements as well. You can contact our office regarding necessary arrangements in two ways. First, you can mark the appropriate box during web registration, and we will contact you prior to your program to discuss your needs. You can also 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.

Accommodations made during orientation do not reflect whether or how accommodations may be provided during the school year. It is important that students with disabilities contact the Office for Services for Students with Disabilities, G-664 Haven Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045; 734- 763-3000 (phone).