Freshman Orientation

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

Freshman orientation begins with the Office of New Student Programs (ONSP), and continues with SMTD. Once your enrollment deposit is credited to your account, you will receive information from ONSP which will include details about how to register online for your orientation session. You must register and receive confirmation from ONSP in order to participate in orientation.

During the two-day program, students complete necessary procedures for class registration, including placement exams and academic advising. The first day of orientation begins with some general U-M information. Students then meet with SMTD staff, advisors, and current students on the afternoon of day one and the morning of day two. All students will meet with academic advisors prior to registering for classes, and Music and Musical Theatre students will take theory and piano placement exams.

2020 Summer Orientation Sessions

The university is currently evaluating how Orientation will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will communicate with our incoming students and update this page as we learn more.

July 23-24

June 10-11
June 15-16
June 18-19
July 13-14
July 20-21

Musical Theatre
July 1-2

Theatre & Drama
July 14-15

Final Fall Orientation

There will be a final orientation offered the week before the start of classes for all students who are unable to attend an orientation session in June or July. The 2020 Final Fall orientation will take place from August 26-27.

New SMTD Undergraduate Student Welcome Ceremony – required for all incoming undergraduates

All incoming SMTD undergraduate students are invited to attend the New Undergraduate Student Welcome Ceremony that will be held in Britton Recital Hall in the Moore Building on Thursday, August 27 beginning at 6:30pm.

Due to space limitations only incoming SMTD students can attend this event in person, but the event will be live-streamed for parents and friends so that all may share the experience.

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.