Winter Orientation Overview

Wolverine Online 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. You cannot register for classes until you complete all 5 steps of Wolverine Online Orientation. ​Information about Winter 2021 Orientation will be sent to your UMICH email account beginning in mid-November, if you have paid your enrollment deposit.

Click on the tabs below to learn more about the 5 steps of Wolverine Online Orientation.

Five Steps of Wolverine Online Orientation

Wolverine Online Orientation consists of five steps:

  1. Register for an Academic Advising Date in Wolverine Access (instructions provided in your Wolverine Online Orientation Information email in mid-November)
  2. Complete the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course in Canvas
  3. Complete online placement exams (if required by your academic school/college)
  4. Complete your academic school/college pre-advising and advising activities
  5. Online participation in your regsitered Academic Advising Date, which includes academic advising and course registration for Winter Term courses.

Each step of Wolverine Online Orientation may take several hours to complete so be sure to plan accordingly. The Office of New Student Programs will email you to your UMICH email when regsitration for an Academic Advising Date is open and you should register for a date as soon as possible. 

Steps 2 - 4 should be completed 2 weeks in advance of your registered Academic Advising Date to ensure you are prepared to register for courses. Failure to complete steps 2 - 4 in advance could delay your course registration. 

If you have questions, concerns, or have trouble completing any of the steps above, don’t hesitate to contact our staff at or 734-764-6413.

Academic Advising Dates

Winter Orientation 2021 consists of 5 main steps. Many steps are completed at your own pace, prior to your Academic Advising Date with your advising unit. You will register for an Academic Advising Date to meet with your school/college and complete advising activities and course registration. The dates available to you are set based on your school/college's availability. Be sure to sign up for a date that you are able to participate virtually on, without other conflicts. If you are unavailable on all the date options you see, you will need to email with documentation of your conflict so that we can work with your school/college for scheduling. Information about Winter Orientation is emailed in November to the UMICH email accounts of all students who have paid their enrollment deposit.

Wolverine Online Orientation Fee

The Winter Orientation fee for 2021 will be $98. This fee will be billed to your student account in January. Do not send this fee in advance. Once you complete online orientation, you are responsible for the entire fee whether or not you complete the program and enroll at the University of Michigan.

To request a fee waiver email from your UMICH email and we will work with Financial Aid to determine approval.

Student Expectations for Wolverine Online Orientation
  • We expect students to make their own reservations for their Academic Advising Date. Students are responsible for sharing details of their Academic Advising Date with their parents and family members if desired.
  • We expect that students will create their University of Michigan computing account and password prior to registering for an Academic Advising Date, and will keep this information safe and secure. Students should not share this information with anyone, including their parents and family members, in order to ensure the confidentiality of student records.
  • We expect students to complete all Wolverine Online Orientation activities. All components of the Wolverine Online Orientation are required and are specifically designed to assist students with their academic and social transition to the University. Students may be required to reschedule an Academic Advising Date if they have not completed the Wolverine Online Orientation and are unprepared to register for classes.
  • We expect students to participate in their Academic Advising Date with the assistance of the professional academic advisors only, and not their parents or family members/guests. It is our goal for students to build a relationship with their advisors 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. We recognize that parents and family members are interested in learning about their student’s academic program. There will be opportunities throughout the summer for family members to learn more about their student’s program of study, and you are welcome to contact academic advising offices if you have questions. However, the Academic Advising Date is an important time for students to connect with their academic advisors without parents and family members present.
Getting Started: 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 Wolverine Online Orientation, so getting familiar with how to use them prior to your Academic Advising Date is important! Then, be sure to read the information on this website along with the information in your invite and confirmation emails!


Wolverine Online Orientation uses a learning management system called Canvas. You will also use this system for many of your classes when you get to campus. Wolverine Online 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 UMICH

Computer Specifications for Canvas 

Supported Browsers to use Canvas

Using Canvas on Mobile Device (not recommended for completing Wolverine Transition 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, Bluejeans, Google Hangouts/Meet and Remote Office Hours are a few of the virtual tools your school or college may utlize for remote advising. Familiarize yourself with these tools and set up accounts in advance:

Set up your UMICH Zoom account!

Set up your UMICH Bluejeans account!

Set up your Google Hangout/Meet account!

Remote Office Hours

Placement Exam Overview

Placement exams in mathematics, chemistry, the Directed Self-Placement for Writing, and selected languages are available online to take prior to your Academic Advising Date. 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:

Please visit Online Placement Exams under the Preparing for your Advising Date link to the left for detailed information about the exams offered.

Accessibility & Testing Accommodations

Testing Accommodations Information:

Students who need to arrange for extended testing time/accommodations for online placement exams should contact the department of the exam directly. Please find the appropriate contact information for the placements below:

  • Math Placement: email from your UMICH email
  • Chemistry Placement: email from your UMICH email
  • Romance Languages (Spanish, French, Italian): email from your UMICH email
  • Find additional language department contacts here

Accommodations made for placement tests may 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 (SSD) as soon as possible to discuss your school year needs. SSD can also assist with making accommodation arrangements for online placement exams beyond extended time.

Please contact the Office of New Student Programs at with any concerns you have with completing Wolverine Online Orientation, we are here to help!

Students Admitted to Dual Programs, LSA Honors, LSA Residential College

Dual Admitted Students

If you were admitted to dual programs at the University of Michigan, you will be sent information about Wolverine Online Requirements for both programs. You will only be able to register for an Academic Advising Date with one program, however you will be contacted by your other admitting program to set up an additional advising. This additional advising session may be on a different date then the Academic Advising Date you register for in Wolverine Access. Please check your UMICH 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 or use this form for registration assistance

Admission into LSA Honors and/or LSA Residential College  

LSA students who are admitted to Honors and/or the Residential College (RC), must register for an Academic Advising date on which those programs are participating. If you have already registered for a LSA Academic Advising Date, you may need to change your date in the event Honors or RC seats are not available on your current date. In some cases, you may have to move to a later advising session. Please 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 advisng 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 advising dates 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 or call (734) 6413.