Fall First-Year Orientation Overview

Fall 2022 New Student Hybrid Orientation provides students with a smooth transition to the University of Michigan and will introduce you to the University community and the opportunities available to you.

Information about Orientation will be sent to your U-M email account beginning in late April, if you have paid your enrollment deposit/had your enrollment deposit waived. Please read the overview of Fall First-Year Orientation to make sure you complete the few tasks necessary to begin the Orientation process starting in late April.

Click on the tabs below to learn an overview about Fall 2022 New Student Hybrid Orientation and how to start preparing.

Six Steps of Orientation

Fall 2022 New Student Hybrid Orientation consists of 6 steps. Some steps of Orientation are asynchronous, meaning you will complete them on your own remotely, at your own pace. Other steps are synchronous, meaning you will need to be prepared to virtually participate at a set time and work directly with U-M staff. Each step of Orientation may take several hours to complete so be sure to plan accordingly.

You will be sent in-depth information about the 6 steps in your "[FOR YOU]: Fall 2022 Orientation Information" email sent to your U-M email in late April. You can also read more about the steps under the 6 Steps of Orientation section of the website.

Orientation consists of six steps:

  1. Register for your Virtual Academic Advising Date in Wolverine Access (The registration system is not yet live. Please wait for your invite email.)
  2. Complete the Virtual Orientation Course (Available in mid-May)
  3. Complete online placement exams (if required by your Academic Unit)
  4. Complete your Academic Unit's pre-advising activities
  5. Participate in your registered Academic Advising Date (which is when course registration will occur)
  6. Attend In-Person Orientation and Welcome to Michigan Activities in Late August

Failure to complete steps 1 – 4 prior to your session will result in a delay in class registration and may require you to reschedule to a later date.

If you have questions, concerns, or have trouble completing any of the steps above, please contact our staff at onsp@umich.edu or 734-764-6413.

Student Expectations for Orientation
  • We expect students to make their own reservations for their Virtual Academic Advising Date. Students are responsible for sharing details of their session with their parents and family members if desired.
  • It is expected that only the student is present for the Virtual Academic Advising Date. It is our goal for students to build a relationship with their advisors and other incoming students, as well as learn the necessary skills to register on their own in future terms. Any parents and family members participating in the virtual meetings will be asked to leave, and students will not be permitted to continue the advising and registration process until parents/family members are not present. Parents and Family members are encouraged to participate in the Parent and Family Member Orientation offerings.
  • We expect students to complete all 6 steps of Orientation. All are specifically designed to assist students with their academic and social transition to the University. Students may be required to reschedule to a later session if they have not completed all steps of Orientation and are unprepared to register for classes. 
  • We expect students to not have conflicts with their scheduled Virtual Academic Advising Date. Any conflicts or failure to participate in the required activities will result in the student being rescheduled for a later session. Students should try to be in a location that allows them to fully engage in the virtual activities, as much as possible. Students who anticipate any challenges with completing any of the 6 Steps of Orientation should email onsp@umich.edu from their U-M email so that alternate arrangements can be made.


Virtual Academic Advising Date

Please refer to the How to Register page. Students are emailed in late April when Orientation registration begins. You will register for a day spent virtually in Academic Advising activities as planned by your Academic Unit. 

Note: Academic Units will email students directly within one week prior to their scheduled session to provide advising activity information, timing, and how to participate in the session.

The dates available to you are set based on your Academic Unit’s availability and capacity. Some Academic Units have different dates available and different capacities of how many students they can see. The registration system will show you all the available dates. It is expected that you select a date that you are able to participate virtually on, without other conflicts. Most advising activities will occur between 8 am – 6 pm Eastern Time (not necessarily for that whole time period, however you should not have other plans until you receive your schedule of activities from your Academic Unit). During registration for an Academic Advising Date, you will have the option to indicate if you will be in a different time zone. If you are unable to participate fully, you will be asked to reschedule to a later date.

We encourage students to sign up for a session as soon as possible, starting in late April. If you do not register for a session, you will continue to receive email reminders to register. If you do not register for one of the summer sessions, you may be required to attend the final orientation session in late August.

If you are unavailable on all the date options you see available, you will need to email onsp@umich.edu with documentation of your conflict and may be required to participate in the final session in late August. You should make an effort to be available on one of the dates offered in order to prevent delaying completion of Orientation and class registration.


Orientation Fee

The fee for Fall 2022 Orientation is $150.00. 

Do not send this fee in advance. Once you register for Orientation, you are responsible for the entire fee whether or not you ultimately enroll at the University of Michigan. This fee supports the Office of New Student Programs, including the content created for Orientation, supporting our student staff, and supporting other programming offered by our office.

To request a fee waiver, email onsp@umich.edu from your U-M email and we will work with Financial Aid to determine approval.


University Tech Tools and Resources

The University of Michigan has many online tools available to use by students. Read below for an introduction to these tools and how to access your accounts. Many of these will be used for Orientation as well, so getting familiar with how to use as soon as possible is important! Then, be sure to read the information on this website along with the information in your invite and confirmation emails!


Orientation uses a learning management system called Canvas. You will also use this system for many of your classes when you get to campus. Orientation is a good way to get comfortable with Canvas before you begin classes. Once you have your Uniqname and password set up, you can access Canvas. If you have any technology-related issues with Canvas, contact U-M’s Technology and Information Services for help! There are also many additional resources on how to use Canvas:

Getting Started with Canvas at U-M

Computer Specifications for Canvas

Supported Browsers to use Canvas

Using Canvas on Mobile Device (not recommended for completing any Canvas course or Online Placement Exams)

Accessibility Features of Canvas

Remote Advising Resources

Getting familiar with the different remote University of Michigan tools will help you be prepared for your academic advising activities and other virtual opportunities offered! Zoom, Google Hangouts/Meet and Remote Office Hours are a few of the virtual tools your school or college may utilize for remote advising. Familiarize yourself with these tools and set up accounts in advance:

Set up your U-M Zoom account!

You must use your official U-M Zoom account to be able to log in to the link the Academic Unit will provide after registration. 

Become Familiar with the U-M Google Suite:

Some Academic Units may use Google Hangout, so it is recommend you become familiar with this resource as well!


During registration for your Virtual Academic Advising Date, you will be able to enter any accessibility needs you might have. ONSP recommends reviewing the Accessibility Features of Canvas. In addition, you can email our office at onsp@umich.edu with any concerns you have with completing Orientation. Please contact us as soon as possible if you have concerns about accessing internet or using a device to complete Orientation.

It is important that students with disabilities register with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) as soon as possible to discuss your school year needs as well.

Students Admitted to Dual Programs, the M-STEM Academies, LSA Honors, LSA Residential College, LSA Comprehensive Studies Program

Dual Admitted Students

If you were admitted to dual programs at the University of Michigan, you will be sent information about Orientation information for both programs. You will only be able to register for a Virtual Academic Advising Date with your smaller admitting school, however you will be contacted by your other admitting program to set up additional advising. This additional advising session may be on a different date then the Virtual Academic Advising Date you register for in Wolverine Access. Please check your U-M email regularly for information from your Academic Units. If you need help registering for an Academic Advising Date or you believe your Academic Unit in Wolverine Access is incorrect, please email onsp@umich.edu.


M-STEM Academies

The M-STEM Academies is a joint program between the College of Engineering (CoE) and the College of LSA (LSA).  Their cohort of students call either LSA or CoE their home college, complete with its own programmatic requirements. As a result they are comprised of two smaller academies aligned with each college: M-Engin (CoE) and M-Sci (LSA). Details regarding the M-STEM Academies program will be provided directly by the M-STEM Academies.

Students in either of these programs should register and complete Orientation before June 26, in order to be prepared for the M-STEM Academies program.

Admission into LSA Honors,  LSA Residential College, or LSA Comprehensive Studies Program

LSA students who are admitted to Honors, the Residential College (RC), or the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) must register for a Virtual Academic Advising Date with that Academic Unit. If you have already registered for a LSA mainstream session, you may need to change your session dates in the event that there are no Honors, RC, or CSP seats available on your current date. In some cases, you may have to move to a later advising session.

Honors and RC note: after you accept admission into Honors or the RC, it can take up to 48 hours for your record to be updated. ONSP cannot change your session dates until that occurs. This same process will occur in the event you decide to drop from the Honors or RC program and return to mainstream LSA.  Again, seats for your current session cannot be guaranteed.

Support and Contact Information

Our Orientation staff is readily available to assist you with Wolverine Online Orientation and/or questions about the University. Feel free to contact us at onsp@umich.edu or call 734-764-6413.