First Year Orientation

You must attend an orientation session in order to register for classes.

So you’ve decided to come to Michigan? Go Blue! 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 much different than 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, get to know your future peers and register for your first semester of classes. We’re sure you have a question or two (or twenty) about coming to U-M, and we are ready to help.

After you have been admitted to UM and paid the $300 Enrollment Deposit, 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. If you have any questions, please reach out to our SMTD Undergraduate Orientation Coordinator, Rachel Dion (

New SMTD Undergraduate Student Welcome Ceremony

All incoming SMTD undergraduate students are invited to attend the New Undergraduate Student Welcome Ceremony. Due to health and safety measures made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic, the August 2020 New Undergraduate Student Welcome Ceremony will be held virtually. Details will be announced here and via email once plans are formalized.

Living Arts

Living Arts is an interdisciplinary residential community in Bursley Hall on the U-M North Campus that brings together 115 undergraduates in the arts, architecture, engineering, and other fields to explore innovation, creativity and collaboration. Living Arts strives to provide an open, playful environment that encourages students to generate and pursue creative new ideas. The program offers weekly classes and monthly workshops by distinguished faculty and working professionals from the fields of engineering, architecture, visual arts, film, music performance and composition, dance, and theater. All Living Arts students take an interdisciplinary class together and work on collaborative projects. In addition, Living Arts provides mentorship by older students and support for Living Arts students to create their own programming and events.