Transfer Student Orientation
Winter Orientation - January 6-7, 2014
As a new student at U-M, you are required to attend orientation. Transfer students are required to attend a 1-day Transfer Orientation program in December if it is offered by your academic school/college. If you are unable to attend a program in December, or if your academic school/college does not offer a program in December, you will be required to attend the 2-Day Winter Orientation on Monday, January 6 - Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
How to Sign Up for Orientation
If you are a newly admitted transfer student for the winter term, and have already paid your $200 enrollment deposit, you should will receive an email to your University of Michigan email address (email@example.com) in mid-November with instructions for signing up for Transfer Orientation.
Upon receiving your email invitation, you will be instructed to carefully read through the Online Orientation Information (OOI). This OOI will give you complete details about the orientation program. To view the Online Orientation Information, please visit http://wolverineaccess.umich.edu. Click on “Undergraduate Orientation”.
If you have not paid your $200 enrollment deposit, you will receive the email invitation approximately 1-2 weeks after the enrollment deposit has been recorded by the University.
Winter Orientation Program & Check-In
During Winter Orientation, you will have the chance to learn about the University of Michigan's resources, meet other new students, explore campus on a guided tour, meet with your academic advisor, pick up your M-Card, and register for Winter Term classes. New transfer students cannot register for Winter Term classes prior to attending Orientation.
A complete schedule of orientation events will be provided to you when you check-in for orientation. The program will be completed by 5:00 p.m. each day. Students should plan on being available for the entire day on BOTH days of the program.
Check-in for the Winter Orientation will be on Monday, January 6 from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. at the Angell Hall Posting Wall. However, placement exams in French, Russian, Hebrew, Italian, German, and Latin occur prior to check-in. If you are required to take one of these languages, your arrival time will be prior to the check-in time. Carefully read the Online Orientation Information (OOI) to determine if you need to take a language placement exam prior to orientation check-in.
Check-in for the Winter Orientation will be on the ground floor of Angell Hall, at the “Posting Wall”. Angell Hall is located at 435 S. State Street between S. University Ave. and E. William St. Follow the signs to the “Posting Wall” for check-in. You should check-in between 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
A campus map is available online at: http://www.umich.edu/~info/mapsAndDirections.html#anchor_centralCampus
The program will last until approximately 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 6 and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7. Attendance at all sessions of orientation is mandatory. Classes begin on Wednesday, January 8.
Language Placement Exam Information
Placement exams in mathematics and some languages are administered prior to and/or during orientation for transfer students. All tests are for placement in University of Michigan courses only. Placement exams are mandatory if:
The University of Michigan provides two types of placement exams for all incoming students: online and proctored (in-person) exams. The Math test and the Spanish test are offered online, and students will complete these exams before attending orientation. Complete details about how to take the online placement exams is in the Online Orientation Information (OOI). To view the Online Orientation Information, please visit http://wolverineaccess.umich.edu. Click on “Undergraduate Orientation”.
Other language tests are proctored on campus prior to orientation check-in. Proctored language placement exams in French, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Latin, and German will be administered at 10:00 a.m. on January 6, prior to orientation check-in.
If you are taking a language placement exam in the languages listed above, you should go directly to the placement exam location (see below) by 10:00 a.m. (sharp!). Upon completing your exam, you should eat lunch and then check-in to the orientation program at 12:15 p.m.
Language exams begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp! Do not be late! Late arrivals will not be allowed to take these exams and will have to make alternate arrangements to do so following the completion of their orientation program, and failure to complete the placement exam may prevent you from registering for certain language classes. Please be sure to allow yourself enough time to travel in inclement weather.
Language Placement Exam Locations:
French = Angell Hall, Auditorium A
Hebrew and Russian = Angell Hall, Auditorium B
Italian = Angell Hall, Auditorium C
German = 1500 North Quad, Language Resource Center
Latin = 2115 A Angell Hall
Determining if You Must Take Placement Exams
The language placement exam in Spanish is administered online prior to orientation. Language placement exams in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, and Russian are offered before official check-in for the orientation programs. You must determine whether or not you need to take a language placement exam prior to orientation, because if you do need to take the language exam, it will need to be done before the orientation check-in and may impact your arrival time in Ann Arbor.
What to Bring
You will receive a student handbook and packet of campus-related information at orientation. You will also receive information specific to your academic school or college when you meet with your academic advisor at orientation. You should bring the following:
There is a $103 required orientation fee which must be paid separately from tuition. This fee will be billed to your student account in January. Students will be asked to sign a waiver upon arrival acknowledging that the fee will be billed to their student account. Please do not send this fee in advance.
We cannot provide accommodations during your orientation program. If you need overnight accommodations before or after your orientation program, you will need to make your own arrangements at an area hotel.
Students who have residence hall contracts may move into their assigned residence hall between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 5. If you are attending the January orientation program, be sure to move in on Sunday so that you do not miss any of the orientation on Monday. Please Note: Meal service in the residence halls will not begin until Monday morning, January 6.
Please note: 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. We cannot accommodate luggage at orientation.
Participants with Disabilities
ONSP will coordinate any arrangements you may need while on campus for orientation, such as extended time testing and testing assistance, wheelchair assistance, etc. Mark the appropriate box when registering for orientation, and a member of our staff will contact you prior to your program to discuss your needs. You should also contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, to make plans and arrangements for your school-year needs.
Preparing for Winter Orientation
Orientation will be a busy – and possibly overwhelming – day. In order to make the most out of your orientation experience, you should do the following things before coming to orientation:
If you have any questions, contact the Office of New Student Programs at (734) 764-6413.