Preparing for Orientation

Orientation will be a busy time, so it’s important to plan ahead for the program.

Once you have registered for your Transfer Orientation program, here are a few things to do before you come to orientation:

Submit your Mcard photo

The Mcard is the official University of Michigan ID card. All new students attending a December Transfer Orientation program should submit a photo to be used on your MCard by December 4, 2017.  Please visit for information regarding photo specifications and the submission process.

If you do not submit your photo in advance, you will not receive your Mcard during the orientation program. You will need to pick it up on your own time after your orientation.

Attention U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint Transfer Students: Be sure to bring your old Mcard to orientation with you. You will receive a new Mcard specific to the Ann Arbor campus at orientation. 

Take the Wolverine Access Online Tutorials

Wolverine Access is the system that you will use to register for your classes. Your academic advisors will expect you to already be familiar with this system when you meet with them to register for courses. There are several online tutorials available to assist you in learning Wolverine Access prior to Orientation:

These tutorials will introduce you to the services available through Wolverine Access, and they will prepare you for course selection and registration at Orientation. Using these tutorials in advance will help you navigate Wolverine Access during orientation, which may expedite your course registration process. 

Bring the right things to campus

As you pack for your Transfer Orientation program, please bring the following items with you:

  • Your uniqname and password
  • A campus map
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack/book bag for your orientation materials
  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • Comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather
  • #2 Pencils
  • Orientation confirmation email
  • Picture ID
  • AP Scores and/or Transcripts, if available
  • Money for parking
  • U-M Dearborn & U-M Flint students should bring their Mcard
  • Enthusiasm! 
Online and Proctored Placement Exams

The University of Michigan provides two types of placement exams for incoming transfer students: online and proctored (in-person) exams. The Math and Spanish Tests, as well as the Directed Self-Placement for Writing are offered online.  Students must complete the onlien exams before attending orientation. Please refer to the charts under Orientation Overview to note with exams you are required to take. 

All test results will be given to your academic advisor and reviewed with you during your advising appointment at orientation. Results cannot be provided ahead of time by the Office of New Student Programs or the individual departments.

Browser Requirements
For each exam, you will need a computer with a web browser. It is recommended that you take the tests using Firefox, version 3.0 or later, as your browser. Other supported browsers are:

  • For Windows: Internet Explorer 7+ or Opera 9.1+
  • For Macintosh OS X: Safari 3.2.1+; Mac OS 9 is not supported.
  • For Linux: Konqueror 3.3+

In addition, please have your uniqname and password readily available.  Be sure your computer is fully charged (and with enough battery if you are away from an electrical outlet).  Arrange to take all online tests in a quiet area, free from distractions (TVs, phones, etc.), and allow yourself ample time, as indicated in each section.  Refer to the links below for specific deadlines by which each exam must be completed prior to orientation.  

Information regarding the online placement exams for Winter Term students may be found at the following links:
MATH   (Available November 13, 2017)
SPANISH  (Available November 3, 2017)

Language placement exams in French, German (on December 13 and 18 only), Italian, and Russian are proctored exams that will be offered during orientation. If you want to take a placement exam for a language other than the ones listed above, call the department directly to take the test after orientation. Do not schedule one of these exams while you are participating in the program. A list of languages and their corresponding departments can be found online. 

If you are unsure as to whether you need to complete any of the exams, please review the Placement Exam Chart
**Students who need to arrange for extended testing time should visit the Testing Accommodation Center for more information.
Make your travel plans

Traveling to Orientation by Car and Parking

Most students travel to orientation by car. Driving and parking directions are specific to your orientation program.

These buildings are located on the University of Michigan Central Campus. A downloadable PDF is available, or visit for an interactive map. 


Traveling to Orientation by Plane

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is the closest major airport to Ann Arbor. There are many shuttle services and cab companies that provide service from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to campus. A list of these services is available online from the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.


Other Means of Travel

Ann Arbor is accessible by both Amtrak train service and Greyhound bus. To inquire about train schedules or make reservations, you can call 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245) or you can book online at The telephone number for Greyhound is 800-231-2222 or you can book online at For directions from the train station or bus depot to the orientation residence hall, please contact our office.