Preparing for International Orientation

Welcome to the University of Michigan!

We look forward to working with you as you start your journey as a Michigan Wolverine. Orientation is required for all new first-year and transfer, degree-seeking students. Due to the impact of COVID-19, new undergraduate students enrolling in summer and fall terms will complete orientation remotely.

We realize that an online orientation program is not the same as an in-person experience. Nevertheless, we are committed to providing the best online orientation experience possible. You will have an opportunity to learn about campus, meet with an academic advisor, talk with current students and register for your first semester of classes.  

After you have been admitted to UM and paid the $300 EDR, you will receive an email in mid-May to register for an Advising Date.  You will also receive instructions on how to complete the online orientation modules and placement tests prior to your Advising Date.

Here are a few things to do next:

Make arrangements for your travel documents

You are strongly encouraged to apply for your U.S. student visa as soon as possible after you have received your certificate of eligibility document from the University of Michigan. It may take significant time for visa processing. Please allow at least a month to plan for your travel to the United States. You should plan to obtain your visa and arrive on campus before classes begin.

At International Orientation, you will participate in the mandatory check-in required by the Department of Homeland Security. As part of that check-in, you will need to bring the original AND a photocopy of the following documents:

  • Page 1 of your I-20 or DS-2019
  • Printout of Form I-94 from www.cbp.gov/I94 OR I-94 card (small white card in passport) front side (if you were issued one)
  • F-1 or J-1 visa (except Canadian citizens)
  • Passport picture page

Photocopies must be made after you enter the U.S. Photocopies must be black and white and each photocopy must be on standard letter size paper (8 ½ x 11 inches).

Online Placement Exams - FRESHMEN

Students must complete the online exams before their orientation Advising Date. More information will be available in April.

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.

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.  

Information regarding the online placement exams for Fall Term Freshmen students will be available in April.
 
 
 

 

Online & Proctored Placement Exams - TRANSFERS

The University of Michigan provides two types of placement exams for incoming transfer students: online and proctored (in-person) exams. The Math and Spanish tests and the Directed Self-Placement for Writing are offered online. Students must complete the online exams before their orientation Advising Date

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.

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.

Information regarding the online placement exams for Fall Term Transfer students will be available in April.
 
 
 

 

Take the Wolverine Access Online Tutorials

Wolverine Access is the system that you will use to register for your classes. Your academic advisors at 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:

These tutorials will introduce you to the services available through Wolverine Access, and they will prepare you for course selection and registration.

Accessibility & Testing Accommodations

Students who need to arrange for extended testing time for on-line placement tests must complete the online request form located on the Testing Accommodation Center website.

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.

 

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

A picture of the Michigan Marching Band that reads, Join the Michigan Marching Band. Click here for more information. The URL is also in the text that follows the image.

-- AUDITIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 15th 

Students interested in auditioning for the Michigan Marching Band must submit their audition materials by July 15th, 2020. For more information on auditions, please click on the image above, or visit the link at: https://www.michiganmarchingband.com/join-the-band