1-Day Transfer Orientation

Transfer 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 attend orientation. 

During orientation, you will complete placement testing, learn about campus resources, participate in academic advising, and register for classes. Orientation also gives you a chance to meet other new transfer students and helps to prepare you to be successful at the U-M.

If you are unable to attend one of the 1-Day Transfer Orientation Programs offered over the summer, then you are required to attend the 3-day Final Fall Orientation in late August/early September. Click on “Cannot Attend” to learn more about Final Fall Orientation.

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

Program Dates

For 2018, 1-day Transfer Orientation Programs will be held in May, July, and mid-August. Program dates depend on the academic school or college to which you have been admitted. The orientation dates are as follows. Please note that as sessions fill, they will no longer be visible on the orientation registration screen. 

Art & Design

  • TBD

Business

  • TBD

Dental Hygiene

  • TBD

Education

  • TBD

Engineering

  • TBD

Information

  • TBD

Kinesiology

  • TBD

Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)

  • TBD

LSA - Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP)

  • TBD

LSA - Honors Program

  • TBD

LSA - Residential College

  • TBD

Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, Dance

  • TBD

Public Health

  • TBD

Information about Transfer Orientation is emailed in mid-April to the UMICH email accounts of all students who have paid their enrollment deposit. When you register for orientation, you will select an appropriate orientation session based on your academic unit and space availability. Program dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Check-In

Check-In Time

Check-in for the 1-Day Transfer Orientation Programs is 8:00 - 8:20 a.m. at the Angell Hall Posting Wall. Angell Hall is located at 435 S. State Street. Enter Angell Hall through the main entrance (with the white columns) then follow the signs to the Posting Wall.

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. 

Program Schedule

Check-in is at 8:00 a.m. at Angell Hall. Orientation activities will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Plan to be in required orientation activities for this entire time. 

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:

  • Check-in
  • Receive MCard
  • Take Placement Exams (if required)
  • Central Campus Walking Tour
  • Campus Information & Resources
  • Campus Safety
  • Money Matters
  • Lunch
  • Academic School/College Information & Requirements
  • Academic Advising
  • Course Registration
  • Central Campus Walking Tour (for students who took placement exams)
  • Optional North Campus Tour
Program Fees

The fee for Transfer Orientation 2018 has not yet been determined. This will be billed to your student account in the fall. Do not bring this fee with you to orientation.

Lodging

Lodging is not provided as part of the 1-Day Transfer Orientation programs. If you find that due to travel distance, you need to arrive in Ann Arbor the day before your orientation program, or stay the night after your orientation program, you will need to make hotel arrangements on your own. If you are attending a Transfer Orientation program between May and August, we will make arrangements with the Kensington Hotel and Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Ann Arbor hotels to provide rooms at discounted rates.

The Kensington Hotel and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Ann Arbor are both located on the same property, approximately 22 miles west of Detroit Metropolitan Airport and just 2 miles south of the University of Michigan near I-94. Please note that these hotels are not within walking distance of the orientation program, and you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation from the hotels to the orientation program. 

Services and amenities for both facilities include an indoor pool and whirlpool. Each room features a hair dryer, coffee maker, full-size ironing board, 2 telephones and data ports, a $10 dinner voucher at Relish Restaurant, and complimentary high-speed internet access throughout the property. Accessible rooms for people with disabilities are available. The Kensington Hotel, in addition to the amenities and services listed above, features a full-service restaurant and lounge, room service, pillow-top mattresses, complimentary bottled water, exercise room, business center, and sauna. Complimentary breakfast at Relish is also provided. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Ann Arbor is more limited in amenities and services than the Kensington Hotel but does feature a complimentary Smart Start Breakfast served in the lobby.

A limited number of rooms are available at each hotel for a flat rate of TBD (+11% tax)/per night for either a single or double at the Kensington Hotel or a flat rate of TBD (+11% tax)/per night for a single or double at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Please note that this rate does not include applicable taxes and applies only to Transfer Orientation participants attending summer orientation programs between May - August. Rooms must be reserved no later than one week in advance of your planned arrival. Reservations made less than one week before your arrival date and extended stays are subject to availability. The Office of New Student Programs is not responsible for making hotel reservations.

You can make reservations at either the Kensington Hotel or Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Ann Arbor by phone at 800-344-7829.

Placement Exam Information

Placement exams in mathematics, writing, and selected languages 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

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

For students who drive to orientation, parking will be available at the Maynard Street Parking Structure, located at 324 Maynard Street, between East William and East Liberty. Cost is $1.20 per hour. Do not park at a parking meter. You will not have time to feed it all day. 

Click here for a printable map. 

Driving Directions to Angell Hall (435 S. State Street)

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)
  • Take Main Street to William (approximately 2 miles)
  • Turn left (East) on William to State Street (approximately 1 mile)
  • Turn right (South) on State Street
  • Angell Hall will be on your left

From the East (Windsor, Detroit and Airports)

  • Take I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn right (North) on State Street
  • Travel approximately 3 miles; Angell Hall will be on your right

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 3 miles; Angell Hall will be on your right

From the West (Jackson)

  • Take I-94 East to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn left (North) on State Street
  • Travel approximately 3 miles; Angell Hall will be on your right

Driving Directions to the Maynard St. Parking Structure (324 Maynard Street)

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)
  • Take Main Street to William (approximately 2 miles)
  • Turn left (East) on William to Maynard St.
  • Turn left (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking structure will be on your left.

From the East (Windsor, Detroit and Airports)

  • Take I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn right (North) on State Street
  • Travel approximately 3 miles; Angell Hall will be on your right
  • Turn left at the first stop light after Angell Hall. This is William St.
  • Take William St. one block to Maynard St.
  • Turn right (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking 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 3 miles; Angell Hall will be on your right
  • Turn left at the first stop light after Angell Hall. This is William St.
  • Take William St. one block to Maynard St.
  • Turn right (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking 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 3 miles; Angell Hall will be on your right
  • Turn left at the first stop light after Angell Hall. This is William St.
  • Take William St. one block to Maynard St.
  • Turn right (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking structure will be on your left. 
Cannot Attend?

Orientation is mandatory for all incoming transfer students, including transfer students from the U-M Flint and U-M Dearborn campuses. The Office of New Student Programs strongly encourages transfer students to attend a 1-Day Transfer Orientation between May and mid-August if possible. 

The Transfer Orientation programs allow students to focus on the issues they face when making the transition from one college to another, without having to deal with the additional pressures of moving to Ann Arbor, saying good bye to friends and family, and adjusting to a new campus.  

If you are unable to attend a Transfer Orientation program between May and mid-August due to distance, summer travel, or employment, you may be eligible to attend the 3-day Final Fall Orientation, which will allow students to complete all necessary procedures for class registration including placement testing, general information sessions, and academic advising. This program is a mixed program for transfers and freshmen and is three days in length. We strongly encourage transfer students to attend a Transfer Orientation rather than the Final Fall Orientation if at all possible.

To register for Final Fall Orientation, you will need special approval from the Office of New Student Programs. Once you pay your enrollment deposit and receive our email inviting you to register for orientation, you should email onsp@umich.edu with "Request for Final Fall Orientation" in the subject line.  Briefly describe the reason you need to attend Final Fall Orientation, and attach supporting documentation (e.g., airfare e-ticket, letter from camp, letter from employer, etc).

Spaces in the Final Fall Orientation are filled on a case-by-case basis. If approved, you will receive written confirmation of your assigned orientation date. Your confirmation letter will include information specific to the Final Fall Orientation Program regarding check-in, parking, and what to bring to orientation.

Special Accommodations

If you have a condition that might affect your participation in orientation, ONSP can coordinate most arrangements you may need while you are on campus for your session. Please note: participants may 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.

Transfer Post-Orientation Checklist

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 post-orientation checklist for transfer students to help remind you of important things to accomplish before classes begin. Items in BOLD are required; all others are recommended.