Summer Orientation Overview

The purpose of orientation is to provide students with a smooth and helpful transition to college life. The University of Michigan expects undergraduate students who are admitted for the 2018 Summer Term to attend the Summer Term Orientation on TBD. Summer Term classes begin on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.  

While at Summer Term Orientation, freshmen complete all necessary steps to attend the University of Michigan for the Summer Term, including placement testing, group and individual academic advising, and course registration for both Summer Term and Fall Term. Upon completing orientation, students will have their Summer Term schedule of classes, including sections and times. In addition, students learn about the resources available at Michigan to help them be successful – academically, socially, and emotionally.  

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

Program Dates

Summer Term Orientation will be TBD.

Information about Summer Term Orientation is emailed in mid-April to the UMICH email accounts of all students who have paid their enrollment deposit.

Program Check-In

Check-In Time

Check-in for the freshman Summer Term Orientation Program is 8:00 a.m. on TBD at East Quadrangle Hall, located at 701 E. University Ave.

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.

If you are staying in East Quadrangle during the orientation program, you will also receive a key to your room and instructions to take your luggage to your room. Plan to pack light! You will not have assistance in getting your luggage to your room. Click here for a list of what to bring to orientation.

If you have a Summer Term residence hall contract, please note that you will not have time to return to your residence hall until late in the evening on the first night of orientation. All meals will be provided in East Quadrangle during your orientation session, and you should bring a backpack or book bag to carry orientation materials. 

Program Schedule

Check-in is at 8:00 a.m. at East Quadrangle. Orientation activities will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on the first and second days of the program. Orientation activities will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the third day, except for students auditioning for the Michigan Marching Band. Marching Band auditions typically end by 3:00 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:

Day 1

  • Check-in
  • Receive MCard
  • Welcome Meeting (introduction to orientation & general information about campus life including transportation, roommates, meal plans, and more)
  • Campus Safety
  • Central Campus Walking Tour
  • Money Management
  • Placement Exams
  • Educational Theatre Presentation
  • Evening Activities (movies, games, etc)

Day 2

  • Making the Academic Transition
  • Campus Life Discussion
  • Campus Libraries
  • Academic Advising & Preparation for Course Registration
  • Michigan Learning Communities
  • Peer Academic Advising

Day 3

  • Course Registration
  • Michigan Marching Band Auditions (if applicable)
Program Fees

The Summer Term Orientation program fee depends upon your lodging choice during the program.

The fee for staying in East Quad and 8 meals is TBD.  The fee is TBD if you elect NOT to stay in East Quad; this fee includes 8 meals.  Please review the Lodging section below to help with your decision.

The fee will be billed directly to your student account in the Summer Term. 

Lodging

Orientation is based in East Quadrangle for the summer. You are not required to stay in East Quadrangle during Summer Term orientation, but you will be required to eat meals there.

Here are your housing options during Summer Term Orientation:

Students Who Have a Residence Hall Contract for Summer Term:
Students moving into on-campus housing for the summer term may do so on TBD between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM.  Be sure you DO NOT click the Housing button when registering for orientation. Your fee will include eight meals.

Students Who Do Not Have a Residence Hall Contract for Summer Term:
Students attending orientation have the option of staying in East Quad.  Check in begins at 8:00 a.m. on TBD.  If you want to stay in East Quad, DO click the Housing button when registering for orientation. Your fee will include lodging and eight meals.

Early Arrival Option for Students Staying in East Quadrangle:
Students who elect to stay in East Quad who need to arrive early due to flight schedules or driving distances may do so on TBD after 6:00 PM. There is an extra fee of TBD for the early arrival option.

Placement Exam Information

Placement exams in chemistry, mathematics, algorithmic thinking, languages, and an essay and questions to help you choose your first writing course (a process called 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
  • you wish to continue in these subjects
  • in the case of writing, to help you choose the writing course most appropriate for you

Please visit Online & Proctored Placement Exams under the Preparing for Orientation link to the left for an explanation of each exam (opening dates, due dates, etc.), as well as links to the exams.

Directions and Parking

Check-in for Summer Term Orientation is at 8:00 a.m.  on TBD in East Quadrangle, located at 701 E. University Ave.  

If you are traveling to orientation by plane, bus, or train, click here for travel information.

Parking for East Quadrangle

Parking for Student Orientation is located at the Forest Street Parking Structure, located at 650 S. Forest Avenue. Students who are driving themselves to orientation should park in this structure. If you are staying overnight at orientation (most students), you will also need an overnight parking pass which will be mailed to you if you indicate that you need overnight parking when you register for orientation. If you are not staying in East Quadrangle overnight during orientation, you do not need the overnight pass. You will pay a daily parking rate. 

If your parents or family members are driving you to Orientation and staying for the Parent & Family Orientation program, they should review the Parent & Family Orientation parking information

Driving Directions to the Forest Street 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); expect delays - currently undergoing construction
  • Take Main Street to Huron St. (approximately 1.5 miles)
  • Turn left (East) on Huron St. Huron St. will turn into Washtenaw Ave.
  • Take Washtenaw Ave. to S. Forest St. (approximately 2 miles). Turn right onto S. Forest St.
  • Take S. Forest Street two blocks, past the intersection of S. University Ave. The Forest Street Structure will be on your right.

From the East (Windsor, Detroit, and Airports)

  • Take I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn right (North) on State Street, travel approximately 2.5 miles
  • Turn right (East) onto Hill St.
  • Take Hill St. to E. University Ave. Turn left onto E. University Ave.
  • Go 1 block to Willard St. Turn right onto Willard St.
  • Take Willard St. two blocks to Forest St. Turn left onto Forest St.
  • The Forest Street 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 2.5 miles
  • Turn right (East) onto Hill St.
  • Take Hill St. to E. University Ave. Turn left onto E. University Ave.
  • Go 1 block to Willard St. Turn right onto Willard St.
  • Take Willard St. two blocks to Forest St. Turn left onto Forest St.
  • The Forest Street 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 2.5 miles
  • Turn right (East) onto Hill St.
  • Take Hill St. to E. University Ave. Turn left onto E. University Ave.
  • Go 1 block to Willard St. Turn right onto Willard St.
  • Take Willard St. two blocks to Forest St. Turn left onto Forest St.
  • The Forest Street Structure will be on your left.

Walking Directions from the Forest Street Structure to East Quadrangle:

  • Exit the Forest Street Structure at the Forest Street exit.
  • Travel south (right) on Forest Street to Williard St.
  • Travel west (right) on Willard St. for two blocks to E. University Ave. (You will see East Quadrangle after only 1 block, however, do not attempt to enter East Quadrangle from any of the Church Street or Williard Street entrances. You must enter East Quad from the East University Ave. entrance).
  • Turn left on E. University Ave.
  • East Quadrangle will be on your left. 
Special Accommodations

The Office of New Student Programs can coordinate certain accommodations such as extended testing time; testing assistance; and, assistance for 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.

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. 

Post-Orientation Check List

Going to college is an exciting and busy time for new students. Often though, there is so much information coming from your new school it can be overwhelming. The Office of New Student Programs has created this freshmen post-orientation checklist for freshmen students to help remind you of important things to accomplish before classes begin in September. Items in BOLD are required; all others are recommended.