Orientation will be a busy time, so it’s important to plan ahead for the program.
Once you have registered for the Spring 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 should submit a photo to be used on your MCard at least two weeks prior to your orientation date. To submit your photo online or for information regarding photo specifications, visit http://www.finance.umich.edu/treasury/mcard/timesaver. If you submit your photo at least two weeks prior to orientation, your MCard will be completed and ready to pick up during Orientation.
If you have any questions, contact the M-Card Center at 734-936-2273 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.
Bring the Right Things to Campus
As you prepare for Spring Term Orientation, be sure to bring the following with you to the orientation program:
- Your uniqname and password
- Water bottle
- Backpack/book bag for your orientation materials
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather
- #2 Pencils
- Orientation confirmation letter
- Picture ID
- AP Scores and/or Transcripts, if available
- Money for parking
Online & Proctored Placement Exams
The University of Michigan provides two types of placement exams for incoming freshmen: online and proctored (in-person) exams. The Math and Spanish exams, as well as the Directed Self-Placement for Writing are offered online. Students must complete the online exams before attending orientation.
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.
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.
Placement exams in chemistry and other languages are proctored on campus during freshman orientation. Language exams in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin and Russian will be offered. 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 Freshmen Placement Exam Charts
**Students who need to arrange for extended testing time should visit the Testing Accommodation Center for more information.
Understand the Orientation Expectations
As a new student at the University of Michigan, you will be expected to handle your new responsibilities as a college student, beginning at orientation.
We expect you to make your own reservations for orientation. Students are responsible for creating your University of Michigan computing account (uniqname) and password prior to registering for orientation, and for keeping this information safe and secure. You should not share this information with anyone. You are also expected to complete placement exams without the aid of others.
We expect you to attend all orientation activities. All sessions during orientation are required, and programming is specifically designed to assist students with your academic and social transition to the University. You may be dismissed from the program without registering for classes if you have missed activities and are unprepared to register for classes.
We expect you to act as responsible adults and to follow all orientation rules, including rules prohibiting alcohol and drug use. Failure to comply with these rules can result in dismissal from orientation without registering for classes, or legal consequences including arrests, Minor in Possession tickets and fines, and future appearances in local courts.
Make Your Travel Plans
Traveling to Orientation by Car and Parking
Most students travel to orientation by car. Click here for complete driving and parking information.
Traveling to Orientation by Plane
Detroit Metropolitan Airport is the closest major airport to Ann Arbor.
There are many shuttle services and cab companies that provide service from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) 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 www.amtrak.com. The telephone number for Greyhound is 800-231-2222 or you can book online at www.greyhound.com. For directions from the train station or bus depot to the orientation residence hall, please contact our office.
Take the Wolverine Access Online Tutorials
Wolverine Access is the system that you will use to register for your classes. Your academic advisors at Spring Term Orientation 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:
- LSA Advising Wolverine Access & Backpacking Tutorials (these are helpful for all students, not just LSA students)
- Backpack & Registration Online Simulation
These tutorials will introduce you to the services available through Wolverine Access, and they will prepare you for course selection and registration at Orientation.