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. It will serve as an introduction to the University community, giving you a capsulated view of the variety of opportunities available to you. During orientation, you will complete all necessary procedures for class registration including placement testing, general information sessions, and academic advising. Orientation also gives you a chance to meet other new transfer students and helps to prepare you to be successful at U-M.

Information about Winter 2018 Orientation programs will be sent to your UMICH email account beginning in November if you have paid your enrollment deposit. 

If you are unable to attend one of the 1-Day Transfer Orientation Programs offered in December (described below), or if your academic unit does not offer a Transfer Orientation program in December, then you are required to attend the Winter Orientation program in January. Click on the “Cannot Attend” link below to learn more about Winter Orientation in January.

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

Program Dates

For students admitted to Winter 2018 1-day Transfer Orientation Programs will be offered in December; please plan to attend in December. If your school/college does not offer a Transfer Orientation program in December, you are required to attend the 1-day orientation program in January.  

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

Dental Hygiene:

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (Degree Completion students only)
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (by permission only)

Education

  • Monday, December 18, 2017
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (by permission only)

Engineering

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (by permission only)

Kinesiology

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (by permission only)

Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
  • Monday, December 18, 2017
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (by permission only)

LSA Comprehensive Studies Program*

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
  • Monday, December 18, 2017
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (by permission only)

*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

  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (by permission only)

LSA Residential College

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
  • Tuesday, Janauary 2, 2018 (by permission only)

Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, Dance

  • Monday, December 18, 2017
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (by permission only)

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. at the 1st floor, Michigan Union. The Michigan Union is located at 530 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

Check-in for the December orientation programs is at 8:00 a.m. at the Michigan Union. Orientation activities will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The exact orientation schedule is unique to each student and is based on the academic program(s) to which he/she has been admitted. The student will receive his/her customized schedule at check-in.

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

  • Check-in
  • Receive MCard (if photo was submitted by the deadline)
  • Take Placement Exams (if required)
  • Central Campus Walking Tour
  • Campus Information & Resources for Transfer Student Success
  • Campus Safety
  • Money Matters
  • Navigating Ann Arbor & Campus Transportation
  • Transfer Transition Presentation by UMETC
  • Academic School/College Information & Requirements
  • Academic Advising
  • Course Registration
Program Fees

The fee for Transfer Orientation for Winter 2018 will be $103. This fee will be billed to your student account in the winter term. Do not bring this fee with you to orientation.

Lodging

Because we do not have lodging available during the Transfer Orientation Program, if you need overnight accommodations, we have made arrangements with the Kensington Hotel to provide rooms for at a discounted rate of $86/night (+taxes).

The Kensington Hotel is located at 3500 S. State Street, approximately 22 miles west of Detroit Metropolitan Airport and just 2 miles south of the University of Michigan near I-94.

Services and amenities include an indoor pool and whirlpool. Each room features a hair dryer, coffee maker, full-size ironing board, premium cable, 2 telephones and data ports, and complimentary high-speed internet access. Accessible rooms for people with disabilities are available. The Kensington Hotel also features a full-service restaurant and lounge, room service, pillow-top mattresses, complimentary bottled water, exercise room, bell service, business center, and sauna.

Please note that the discounted rate does not include applicable taxes and applies only to Orientation participants attending December orientation programs. Rooms must be reserved no later than one week in advance of your planned arrival. 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 by phone at (734) 761-7800, and dial option 0 for in-house reservations/front desk. Be sure to ask for the U-M Transfer Student Orientation rate when booking. 

Placement Exam Overview

Placement exams in mathematics, selected languages, and a 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 (see below)
  • you wish to continue in these subjects

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, and the Directed Self-Placement for Writing are offered online, and students must complete these exams before attending orientation. Language tests in French, Hebrew, Russian, Italian, and Latin are proctored on campus during the December Transfer Orientation programs. German is also a proctored exam and will be offered only on December 13 and December 18.

Determining Which Placement Exams to Take

Below is a quick-glance list of required tests by school/college/program. 

^ 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. 

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

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. Click here for a printable map or visit campusinfo.umich.edu/campusmap for an interactive map.  Do not park at a parking meter. You will not have time to feed it all day.

 

Driving Directions to Michigan Union

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 2 miles to E. William
  • Left on E. William to S. State St
  • Turn right on S. State St.
  • The Michigan Union is located about 1 block down on your right at 530 S. State St., near the corner of State St. and S. 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.
  • The Michigan Union is located at 530 S. State St, near the corner of State St. and S. 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.
  • The Michigan Union is located at 530 S. State St, near the corner of State St. and S. 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.
  • The Michigan Union is located at 530 S. State St, near the corner of State St. and S. 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 to William (approximately 2 miles)
  • Turn left (East) on William to Maynard St.
  • Turn left (North) on Maynard St.

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 Winter Orientation program on January 2, 2018. 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 to get special permission to attend orientation in January. The Winter Orientation program on January 2, 2018 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

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.

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. 

Transfer Student Checklist

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