Winter International Orientation Overview

Winter Orientation 2021 will be TBA (to be announced). Orientation is required for all new students. 
The purpose of orientation is to provide students with a smooth and helpful transition to the University of Michigan.

All new freshmen admitted to Winter Term, and all new transfer students who did not attend a December Transfer Orientation, must attend Winter Orientation in January, prior to the start of Winter Term classes.

While at Winter Orientation, students complete all necessary steps to attend the University of Michigan for the Winter Term, including placement testing, group and individual academic advising, and course registration. Students leave orientation with their Winter 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

Dates for Winter Orientation 2020 will be TBD. Orientation is a 2-day program, and students should plan to be in orientation activities from 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m on day 1 and from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on  day 2.

Information about Winter Orientation is emailed in November to the UMICH email accounts of all students who have paid their enrollment deposit.

Program Check-In

Check-In Time

Check-in for the Winter Orientation program will be from 8:15-9:00 a.m. at the Michigan Leauge located at 911 N. University Ave. Check-in will be on the second floor in the Vandenburg room.

Check-In Procedures

Check-in takes place between 8:15-9:00 a.m. on TBA on the second floor of the Michigan League, in the Vandenburg Room. The Michigan League is located at 911 North University Ave between S. Thayer St and Fletcher St. Upon entering the Michigan League, take the stairs or elevator to the second floor and follow the signs for check-in.

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.

In addition, F-1 and J-1 visa holders will participate in the International Center Mandatory Check-In during the orientation program. Students should bring the original and a photocopy (black and white) of the following immigration documents:

  • Your passport (pages containing your picture, passport validity and U.S. visa)
  • I-20 (page 1) or DS-2019 (page 1)
  • Print out 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)

Copies must be made after you have entered the U.S. and should be on 8.5 x 11" paper. 

Program Schedule

The program schedule is dependent upon your academic school or college. The schedule below is a general guide of orientation activities. You will receive your individual schedule when you check-in for orientation. The program will last until approximately 6:30 p.m. on day 1 and varies on day 2 depending on your school or college. Attendance at all sessions of orientation is mandatory. Classes begin on TBA.

Winter Orientation Schedule -  Day 1
(Schedule is subject to change)

Check in

Welcome Meeting

Campus Safety

Navigating Campus & Ann Arbor

Central Campus Tour 

Lunch on your own

Money at Michigan

Break/Travel to International Center presentation

International Center Presentation & Mandatory Check-in for F-1 or J-1 Visa Holders*

 

*International Student Mandatory SEVIS Check-in

All international students must attend this check-in. At Winter 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).

 

Winter Orientation Schedule - Day 2
Students will meet with academic advisors and register for classes on Day 2. Schedules will be unique for each student. Students should plan to be available all day from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for advising and school/college activities. 

Program Fees

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

Lodging

Students who have residence hall contracts may move into their assigned residence hall on TBA. Students should plan to move in on early, so that you are settled and ready to participate in the orientation program.

Please Note: Meal service will be limited.

We are unable to provide housing to students without U-M residence contracts during orientation. If you do not live in a residence hall, or if you need to stay overnight before the residence halls open, please make arrangements at a local hotel prior to your arrival on campus. For hotel information, visit www.visitannarbor.org.  

If you are staying in a hotel prior to orientation, we recommend that you leave your luggage at the hotel until you are able to move into your residence hall. Unfortunately, there is no space to store luggage on campus.

Placement Exam Overview

Placement exams in chemistry (freshmen only), mathematics, some languages, and the Directed Self-Placement for Writing will be available to take online prior to 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

Students must complete these exams before attending orientation if required by your academic unit (see below). 

 

Determining Which Placement Exams to Take: 

For more information, and to access the online exams, please go to the "Online Placement Exams" section via the Preparing for Orientation link - information available in November.

Current students who are looking to take a langauge placement exam should review the following schedule of available language placement exam dates - available in November.

**Students who need to arrange for extended testing time on the on-line placement exams should complete the online form on the Testing Accommodation Center website to request it.

Directions and Parking

Check-in for Winter Orientation 2020 will be at the Michigan League located at 911 N University Ave.

For students who drive to orientation, parking will be available at the Maynard St. Parking Structure, located at 324 Maynard St., 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 put money in the meter throughout the day. An interactive campus map is available online.

 

Driving Directions to Michigan League

From the North (Flint)

  • US-23 South to M-14 West (exit 45)
  • M-14 West to Exit 3 - Downtown Ann Arbor
  • Exit turns into Main Street
  • Take Main Street 0.7 miles to Depot St.
  • Turn left on Depot St.
  • Turn right on N. State St.
  • Turn left on E. Huron St.
  • Turn right onto Fletcher St.
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your right at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher and N. University Ave.

From the East (Windsor, Detroit and Airports)

  • I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • North (right) on State Street
  • Take State Street approximately 3 miles.
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your left at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher St. and N. University Ave.

From the South (Toledo)

  • US-23 North to I-94 West (exit 35)
  • I-94 to State Street (exit 177)
  • North (right) on State Street
  • Take State Street approximately 3 miles
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your left at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher St. and N. University Ave.

From the West (Jackson)

  • I-94 East to State Street (exit 177)
  • North (left) on State Street
  • Take State Street approximately 3 miles.
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your left at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher St. and N. University Ave.

 

Driving Directions to the Maynard St. Parking 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)
  • Take Main Street 0.7 miles to Depot St.
  • Turn left on Depot St.
  • Turn right on N. State St.
  • Turn right on E. William St.
  • Turn left on Maynard St.
  • The Maynard Street Parking 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 3 miles; turn left at stop light onto 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; turn left at stop light onto 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; turn left at stop light onto William St. 
  • Take William St. one block to Maynard St.
  • Turn right (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking structure will be on your left. 
Accessible Accommodations

The Office of New Student Programs can coordinate accessible accommodations such as extended testing time; testing assistance; and, vision, hearing, and mobility accommodations. 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 need to rent one for the day.  In addition, you are welcome to bring to campus what you may already utilize to ensure you are able to participate in 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 Orientation date.

**Students who need to arrange for extended testing time on on-line exams should visit the Testing Accommodation Center's website to do so.

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. 

Freshmen and Transfer Student Checklists

Please take a moment to review the checklist below that ONSP has created to assist you.

New Student Checklist