Five Steps of Wolverine Online Orientation

Only students who have accepted their admission to the spring 2021 term and have received the “U-M: Wolverine Online Orientation Information” email to their Umich email account are eligible to begin completing Wolverine Online Orientation. Information is emailed to students who have paid their enrollment deposit or had it waived starting in April.

Please review the overview of Wolverine Online Orientation page and your “U-M: Wolverine Online Orientation Information” email if you have not done so already. This page is to provide a resource for more information about the 5 Steps of Wolverine Online Orientation and how to complete them. In addition, there are a few other tasks to complete that are included as well, such as How to Submit an Mcard Photo, Learning about Wolverine Access, Updating Your Current Address, and Applying to Marching Band. Please review the tabs below:

Step 1: Register for an Academic Advising Date

Step 1 is to Register for an Academic Advising Date to meet with your Academic Unit. For instructions on how to register to complete Step 1, please see the How to Register page.

Your Academic Advising Date will consist of meeting with an academic advisor, completing any advising activities planned by your Academic Unit, and registering for TERM term classes.

Important things to know prior to registering:

ACADEMIC UNIT

For the purpose of orientation, the school/college/program you were admitted to is referred to as your Academic Unit.

EXPECTATIONS

  • Academic Advising Dates are for students and advisors only, if parents/guests are present, you may be asked to reschedule.
  • The sessions dates available to you are set based on your Academic Unit's availability. You should plan to be available to participate virtually on your Academic Advising Date between 8 am - 6 pm Eastern Time, without other conflicts. While you will not be busy entirely from 8 am - 6 pm, you should not have any other conflicts on your session until you receive your schedule from your Academic Unit. If you are unable to participate in all activities on your Academic Advising Date, it will cause a delay in your registration for classes and you will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • You should also be prepared to be in a distraction-free environment with an electronic device and internet access, if possible.  If you have concerns about accessing a device or internet, please email onsp@umich.edu or call (734)-764-6413 as soon as possible. 

Please be sure to read all the Student Expectations for Wolverine Online Orientation prior to registering.

TIME ZONES

If you are in a time zone other than Eastern, you can note that on your registration. Instructions to update your current address are also included on this page. Please follow the instructions under “Update Your Current Address in Wolverine Access”.

Academic Advising Dates for Spring 2021 are:

  • College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA): April 28, 2021
  • Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP): April 28, 2021
  • LSA Honors Program: April 28, 2021
  • Residential College (RC): TBD
Step 2: Complete the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course

What is the Wolverine Transfer Transition Course?

The Wolverine Transfer Transition Course (WTTC) is a course in Canvas designed to introduce you to the University of Michigan. It is intended to help you navigate the University of Michigan. The course will provide you with information about resources and services that can help you be successful here at Michigan. In addition, you will learn an overview of campus traditions, processes, and culture, so that you will feel like a Wolverine from day one. And because this module is in Canvas, the university’s learning management system, you will have access to this information throughout your first year. If you ever forget something, you can always come back to the course for answers.

 

When Should I Complete It?

It takes approximately 2-2.5 hours to complete. It is recommended to complete the Canvas course AT LEAST 1 week prior to your Academic Advising Date. Failure to complete the course will delay your ability to register for classes. It is also encouraged that you review the Wolverine Transfer Transition Course a few days prior to your session as well.

 

How Do I Access It?

You will have access to the Wolverine Transfer Transition Course AFTER you receive the Wolverine Online Orientation Information email, in April.

To complete the Wolverine Transfer Transition Course, follow these instructions: 

  1. Using an internet browser, navigate to: canvas.umich.edu

*We recommend completing the module on a laptop or desktop computer instead of a mobile device

  1. Log in using your University of Michigan uniqname and password. 
  2. After you have logged in, you will be directed to your Canvas Dashboard. On the Dashboard, look for the course with “ONSP 2021 Orientation" in the title. Click on this course. 
  3. You will be directed to the Wolverine Transfer Transition Course. At the top of the site, you will see the first section, titled “Welcome to Orientation”. Click on this button to begin the course. 
  4. You can navigate through the course by simply pressing the “next” button at the bottom of each screen. Sections that are listed as optional can be skipped over at any time by clicking on “Home” on the top left side of the screen. This will take you to the main menu where you can select your next section manually.
  5. After each section, you must take the quiz for the section and get at least 50% of the questions correct in order to proceed to the next section. 
  6. You do not need to complete the entire course at one time, but you must complete all of the mandatory sections at least one week prior to your Academic Advising Date. Students who do not complete the course will not be eligible to register for classes on their Academic Advising Date.  

If you have any questions about navigating through the Wolverine Transfer Transition Course, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 734-764-6413 or email onsp@umich.edu or complete an Online Orientation Assistance Request Form.

Step 3: Online Placement Exams Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We know online placement exams might sound scary, but they are an important tool used by your academic advisor to help you navigate the different courses and subject areas at U-M. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below and then proceed to learn more about the online placements exams offered and how to take them.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Exams Should I Take?

Here is a quick guide to Transfer Placement Exam Requirements. Below is more detail about the placement exam requirements based on your Academic Unit. Please note that each school/college sets its own requirements and ONSP can not grant you an exception.

Please note that Placement Exam Requirements are set by academic units. ONSP cannot grant you an exception to take a placement. While you may already have transfer or AP credit in a subject, you should still take the online placement exam, unless otherwise noted.

Online placement exams are a tool used by your academic advisor to help guide course registration. Even if you might not plan to continue in a certain subject, the placement is helpful if you change your mind. Some placements exist because of academic degree requirements by your school/college.

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Placement Exam Requirements:

The Math Placement is ENCOURAGED for LSA students who plan to take any Math courses at U-M. Even if you have credit for Calculus I, the Math Placement provides information that the Math Department uses to further place students in the appropriate course at U-M. 

The Directed Self-Placement for Writing (DSP) is REQUIRED for LSA students. Even if you have transfer credit, you must either take the First-Year DSP or Transfer DSP. To determine which DSP you should take, visit the Sweetland Center for Writing's website.

A language placement is REQUIRED for LSA students that have previous experience in a language that they will be continuing to enroll in. Even if you have transfer credit, you should take the language placement if you will be continuing coursework in that language. 

If you have no prior experience, or wish to start a new language to satisfy the LSA Language requirement, you do not need to take the placement and can enroll in the first level course of that language. 

Failure to take placement exams prior to your Academic Advising Date will cause a delay in course registration for that subject and impact the information your Academic Advisor has available to advise you.

Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) Placement Exam Requirements:

The Math Placement is ENCOURAGED for CSP students who plan to take any Math courses at U-M. Even if you have credit for Calculus I, the Math Placement provides information that the Math Department uses to further place students in the appropriate course at U-M. 

The Directed Self-Placement for Writing (DSP) is REQUIRED for CSP students. Even if you have transfer credit, you must either take the First-Year DSP or Transfer DSP. To determine which DSP you should take, visit the Sweetland Center for Writing's website.

A language placement is REQUIRED for CSP students that have previous experience in a language that they will be continuing to enroll in. Even if you have transfer credit, you should take the language placement if you will be continuing coursework in that language. 

If you have no prior experience, or wish to start a new language to satisfy the LSA Language requirement, you do not need to take the placement and can enroll in the first level course of that language. 

Failure to take placement exams prior to your Academic Advising Date will cause a delay in course registration for that subject and impact the information your Academic Advisor has available to advise you.

 

How Do I Prepare?

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. Placement exams are an opportunity to find the right fit of classes for you at U-M. You do not need to study in advance.

 

When Should I Take the Exam(s)?

The sooner the better! Generally, it is recommended to complete placement exams at least two weeks prior to your two-day synchronous orientation experience to guarantee results. Some tests have a shorter turn-around time for results, which are noted below in the "Step 3: How and When to Take the Online Placement Exams" section. Failure to take online placements prior to your two-day synchronous orientation experience may result in delays in registering for classes in that subject area.

Please note not all subjects are available to take online, in advance. In those circumstances, you will work with the department to arrange for placement prior to the term you plan on enrolling in the coursework. This will not impact your ability to register for other classes, in other subjects.

 

Where Can I See My Results?

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.

 

Testing Accommodation 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:

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.

 

How Do I Take The Exams?

Review the information under the tab, "Step 3: How and When to Take the Online Placement Exams" below for information and instructions on how to take each of the online placement exams.

Step 3: How and When to Take the Online Placement Exams

MATH PLACEMENT AND DIRECTED SELF-PLACEMENT FOR WRITING:


MATH PLACEMENT EXAM 

Do I have to take the Math Placement Exam?
Review the Transfer Placement Exam Requirements for information about which placement exams are required by your academic unit.
The Math Placement should be taken regardless of AP or Transfer Credit. Your Advisor will use the placement result and any prior experience in Math coursework to advise on next coursework.

When is it available and when should I take it?
The Math Placement is available to take between April 12th - April 25th. Read the instructions on the Math Placement website prior to taking the test.
Complete the Math Placement at least 3 business days prior to your Academic Advising Date.

How long is the Math Placement?
The standard test time limit is 50 minutes unless an extended time request is made.
Complete a Wolverine Online Orientation Assistance Request Form to request extended time on the Math Placement. 

How do I take it?
Go to the Math Placement website and read the instructions.
Select "Instr" on the left hand side.
Read the information and then select "Take the Placement Test" at the bottom of the page.
You will not be able to take the placement until April 12th.

You will need to have your uniqname and password to access the test.
Enter your uniqname in all lower case letters and without the "@umich.edu"
Using a private window on your browser can help if you receive an error message when trying to log in to the test.

Questions?
Email onsp@umich.edu with questions about the Math Placement. For technical issues, please attach a screenshot of the error message you receive from the test in order to best assist you. ONSP may contact ITS and/or the Math Department as needed to help answer your questions!


DIRECTED SELF-PLACEMENT for WRITING (DSP)

Do I have to take the DSP?
Review the Transfer Placement Exam Requirements for information about which placement exams are required by your academic unit.
The Directed Self-Placement for Writing (DSP) gives you a chance to learn about the types of academic writing most often assigned and valued at the University of Michigan.

Please review the Sweetland Center for Writing Website to determine which DSP you need to take as a Transfer Student.

When is it available and when should I take it?
The DSP is available now on the Sweetland Center for Writing Website.
Submit the DSP at least 5 business days prior to your session. 

How long is the DSP?
The DSP is a writing prompt and may take several hours to write a response.
There is no time limit for writing your essay, however please be mindful that you need to submit the DSP at least 5 business days prior to your session. 

How do I take it?
Follow the instructions for completing the DSP on the Sweetland Center for Writing Website.

Questions?
Email sweetlandinfo@umich.edu for questions about the Directed Self-Placement for Writing.


LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAMS:

Please note that placements are used for placement only and some departments may require a results validation process if you are placing out of a degree requirement.

Do I have to take the Language Placement Exam?
Review the Transfer Placement Exam Requirements for information about which placement exams are required by your academic unit.

Transfer credit is applied differently based on the language department and your Academic Unit’s transfer credit policies. You still need to take a placement regardless of previous credit if you will be continuing in that language. Please visit the website of the language department for more information.

If you have no prior experience in a language you would like to study, you may register for the first course in the language sequence. Otherwise, you should take a language placement test if required by your Academic Unit and/or you plan to continue in that language. 

LSA Students: A student whose first language is not English and who attended a high school where English was not the language of instruction does not need to take a language placement.

When are they available and when should I take it?

Some tests are online and some include virtual interviews. Take your placement test, including any virtual interviews, at least TWO WEEKS prior to your registered academic advising date so that your results can be processed and made available.

You are still be eligible to participate in advising if you cannot complete the language placement 2 weeks in advance, however you may not be able to enroll in the language class until your results are in the system. It is strongly encouraged that students take the language placement exam PRIOR TO their Orientation session. Even if you are unsure that you wish to continue in that language, the placement result will help to have the necessary permissions to enroll if you do wish to continue.

How long are the Language Placements?
Length and process of the placement varies based on the language. Some tests are online and some include virtual interviews. 

For extended time requests and test accommodations, please contact the department of the language directly:

Romance Languages (Spanish, French, Italian): complete a RLL Placement Accommodation request form, you may also email rll.placement@umich.edu with questions

For additional languages, contact the department directly by viewing our language department contacts page.

How do I take the Language Placements?
The process to take the language placements varies based on the language. Please refer to the list of languages available to take a placement in below.
Not all languages will be available to take online in advance as some may be offered as a proctored exam in a later term. You can find more information about other languages from our Language Department websites and contact information page.


French Placement Exam
The French Placement is available through Canvas by request only.
Email rll.placement@umich.edu from your UMICH email to request access


German Placement Exam
The German Placement is available through Canvas.
Click "Self-Enroll" on the German Placement for more information about the test process.


Modern Hebrew Placement 
Email Dr. Adi Raz (adiraz@umich.edu) to schedule a placement interview


Italian Placement Exam 
You will automatically have access to the Italian Placement from your Canvas Dashboard starting in April.
If you do not have prior experience in Italian, you do not need to take the placement.


Spanish Placement Exam 

You will automatically have access to the Spanish Placement from your Canvas Dashboard starting in April.
If you do not have prior experience in Spanish, you do not need to take the placement.


Additional Languages

If you are interested in a language not listed above, please find more information about the Language Departments offered at UM and visit their website for contact informationVisit our language department contacts page.


Questions?
Please contact the department of the language directly for questions. 

Step 4: Academic Unit Pre-Advising Activities

Each academic unit has its own set of mandatory pre-advising activities. Information about these will be included in the last section of the Wolverine Transfer Transition Course (Step 2 of Online Orientation). You will need to have all of these activities completed before your Academic Advising Date. Your school/college may also communicate tasks and information directly, so be sure to check your Umich email regularly.

Academic Unit Pre-Advising and Advising Activities:

Academic Unit Pre-Advising and Advising Activities:

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Pre-Advising Activities: 

Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) Pre-Advising Activities: 

  • Create your UMICH Zoom account
  • Check your UMICH email for an email from Keith Jason (mrjason@umich.edu) with information about your Academic Advising Date

Get Familiar With 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:

Learn How to Use the U-M Course Registration System (Wolverine Access)

Wolverine Access is the portal that you will use to access registration for your classes. Your academic advisors will expect you to already be familiar with this system for advising. There are several online tutorials available to assist you in learning how to navigate Wolverine Access prior to orientation:

Tutorials: 

(Please note: LSA tutorials are often helpful for all students, not just students in LSA.) 

School & College Course Guides: 

These resources and tutorials will introduce you to the course registration process and help to prepare you for course selection and registration.

Step 5: Participation in Your Two-Day Synchronous Orientation Experience

You Academic Unit will communicate to you directly about your assigned activities and time for advising/course registration. It is essential that you check your UMICH email regularly for this information. If you have not received an email from your school/college at least 2 days prior to your advising date, please contact us at onsp@umich.edu. Below is information about how you will receive information about your Academic Advising Date, based on your Academic Unit:

College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) Academic Advising Date Information: 

One week prior to your registered Advising Date, LSA will assign a time and zoom link through the LSA MyAdvising Portal.
Check your UMICH email for information and reminders about your Academic Advising Date.

Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) Pre-Advising Activities: 

Check your UMICH email for an email from Keith Jason (mrjason@umich.edu) with information about your Academic Advising Date.


It is expected that you do not have any other plans scheduled on the day of your Academic Advising Date to be sure you can fully participate in any required advising activities. Activities will likely occur sometime between 8 am and 6 pm Eastern Time. Your academic unit will ask you to reschedule if you are unable to participate in the assigned activities. If you have concerns about time zones, please follow the instructions to update your current address and include time zone on your registration for an Academic Advising Date.

Learn How to Use the U-M Course Registration System (Wolverine Access)

Learn How to Use the U-M Course Registration System (Wolverine Access)

Wolverine Access is the system that you will use to register for your classes. Your academic advisors will expect you to already be familiar with this system for advising. There are several online tutorials available to assist you in learning Wolverine Access prior to orientation:

Tutorials: 

(Please note: LSA tutorials are often helpful for all students, not just students in LSA.) 

School & College Course Guides: 

Submit Your Mcard Photo

The Mcard is your official University of Michigan identification card. You will use it all over campus to identify yourself as a member of the university community. Mcards are printed and distributed by the Mcard Center. At this time, you should submit a photo to be used for your MCard. Your photo can be submitted online at: http://www.finance.umich.edu/treasury/mcard/timesaver.

When campus reopens to in-person activities, you may pick up your Mcard. Due to COVID-19, Mcard Center hours are impacted and subject to change. Please check the Mcard Center website for up-to-date hours before picking up your Mcard.

Mcards will not be mailed. Government issued photo ID (driver's license, state ID, military ID or passport) will be required when picking up the Mcard. If you have any questions, contact the MCard Center at 734-936-2273, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Update Your Current Address via Wolverine Access (for Time Zone Purposes)

Updating your current address will let us know where you are when completing online orientation. This helps your academic unit know what time zone you are in. If you have not already updated your current address, you can do so by:

  • Going to https://wolverineaccess.umich.edu/collection/all/student-wolverine-access
  • Select “Student Business”
  • Log in with your uniqname and password
  • Select the tile “Campus Personal Information”
  • On the “Addresses” tab you should see the addresses the University has on record
  • Use the pencil icon next to the Current Local address to edit it
  • Update your address, press OK and then Save

More instructions can be found at: https://csprod.dsc.umich.edu/htmldoc/eng/dftie/lsaa/htm/cc_ss_updateaddresses.html

For students who will be living on campus, please be sure to update your current address again when you move to campus.

Submit Your Audition for the Michigan Marching Band by July 15 (if applicable)

 

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Students interested in auditioning for the Michigan Marching Band must submit their audition materials online by July 15th, 2021. 

For more information on auditions, please click on the image above, or visit the link directly at: https://www.michiganmarchingband.com/audition

 

Participants With U.S. Military Service

The University of Michigan recognizes the uniqueness of all individuals, especially those who have or who are serving in the military. Veteran and Military Services helps students who have served in the United States military make a smooth transition to the University of Michigan. Staff from Veteran and Military Services would like to meet with you (virtually) prior to, or shortly after, your Academic Advising Date. Please fill out this brief survey and a staff member will be in touch with you to schedule an appointment.