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New Student Orientation

So you’ve decided to come to Michigan?

GO BLUE!

Welcome to all new students beginning in Fall 2023! We look forward to working with you during your time at U-M. Classes begin on Monday, August 28, 2023.

First Year Undergraduate Student Orientation

First-Year Wolverine Orientation is required for all new first-year degree-seeking students. We’re sure you have a question or two (or twenty) about coming to U-M, and we are ready to help.

To assist students in making a smooth transition to life as a Wolverine, we have designed a hybrid orientation experience in 2023. This means that every student will have virtual and in-person components as part of their orientation experience. These components include:

  1. Virtual Orientation Experience: In May, students and parents will have access to a virtual orientation course designed to set the foundation for the Michigan experience, build familiarity with resources, and prepare students to have a successful academic advising conversation.
  2. Testing, Advising and Registration for Classes: Students will complete online placement exams required by SMTD and participate in a virtual academic advising day with our Academic Advisors.
  3. Welcome to Michigan In-Person Experience: New for 2023, orientation will include a one-day on-campus experienced. Stay tuned for more details! At the end of August, as incoming students arrive on campus, they will participate in a robust day of orientation programming. This orientation day will include opportunities to get to know other new students, become familiar with our campus, participate in small group discussions, and learn more about resources and topics of interest. We will also offer programming for the parents and families of our new students during this time as well. Lastly, please be on the lookout for more information on SMTD’s New Student Welcome celebration.

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

More information can be found through the Office of New Student Programs. If you have any questions, please reach out to our SMTD Undergraduate Orientation Coordinator, Alexa Martinez (alexamz@umich.edu).

Undergraduate Transfer Student Orientation

Orientation is required for all new first-year and transfer, degree-seeking students. 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 U-M and paid the $300 EDR, you will receive an email in mid-May to register for your 1-Day Synchronous Orientation Experience in Wolverine Access.  You will also receive instructions on how to complete the online orientation modules and placement tests prior to registering for classes.

More information can be found through the Office of New Student Programs. If you have any questions, please reach out to our SMTD Undergraduate Orientation Coordinator, Alexa Martinez (alexamz@umich.edu).

Transfer students in music and musical theatre will need to take the Graduate Theory Placement Exam, which will be administered online via a Canvas course. You will receive an email invitation to join the Canvas course, where you will then be able to view the timeline and instructions for completion of the exam.

Graduate Student Orientation

Summer 2023 Orientation Schedule

Welcome to the University of Michigan! New graduate students starting classes in Fall 2023 will complete orientation remotely via a Canvas course. Upon receiving an invitation to the course, you will be able to view and complete your specific requirements and their respective timelines. You will have an opportunity to learn about our campus, meet with a faculty advisor, get to know your future peers and register for your first semester of classes. Exams will open on June 1 and close by the end of June 10. (please be sure to check the Canvas course for exact times exams will open and close)

Important Things To Do Before Summer Orientation

  1. Get your Uniqname; activate your U-M email account.
  2. Have your official final transcript from your most recent degree program (with degree conferred date) sent to U-M.
    • MM & SM students should have their transcripts sent by mail to SMTD or via email to smtd.credentials@umich.edu.
    • MA, MFA, and Doctoral students should have their transcripts sent electronically to Rackham. Read here about how to send transcripts to Rackham.
  3. Start planning your schedule on Wolverine Access. Use the Backpack feature to assemble classes you’re interested in taking.
  4. REGISTER for classes.
  5. Visit the ensembles office page for details about the required repertoire and how to schedule an ensemble audition.
  6. Prepare for Theory and other placement testing
  7. Get your Mcard.

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation for Fall 2023 will take place online.

Undergraduate Orientation

All SMTD international undergraduate students will complete online orientation activities with the Office of New Student Programs as well as SMTD-specific programming.

Graduate Orientation

Graduate students will complete SEVIS processing on campus as part of orientation, and complete the placement tests and programming for all SMTD graduate students online.

Visa Processing

If you are not a U.S. citizen and will need an F-1 visa, the U-M is required by U.S. government regulations to obtain documentation that proves you have adequate financial resources to pay your expenses for the duration of your program. Please select your academic area to learn more about the visa process.

The Fall 2023 semester starts on August 28, 2023. Students should arrange travel so that they arrive no more than 30 days prior to that date.

Undergraduate Students
International undergraduate students will be contacted by the Office of New Student Programs regarding the orientation and visa process.

Graduate Students (MM & SM)
SMTD will prepare the immigration documents separately from your offer of admission after you accept an offer of admission. You will need to submit certified documents of financial support in English. All of the required documents are listed on the Financial Resource Statement. It will be prepared using the U.S. Government SEVIS system. All of this must take place in the summer before the first semester begins.

Graduate Students (MA, MFA, DMA & PhD)
International students in MA, MFA, DMA or PhD programs will be contacted by the Rackham Graduate School regarding the visa process.

Required Documents for All International Students

  1. 2022 Financial Resources Statement
  2. Supporting Financial Documents
    • Most common docs submitted and accepted:
      • Bank statements – must include: account holder’s name, account type, statement date (must be dated within 90 days of submission to IC), include bank letterhead or official stamp, if there is a maturity date it must be before the program start date (08/28/2023).
      • Loans – including sanctioned and pre-approved loans. Must include the exact amount that the account holder will be getting and may include a date of disbursement prior to the program start date (08/28/2023).
    • NOT accepting:
      • Investments
      • Property – no real estate, jewelry etc.
  3. Copy of your passport page with biographical information, photograph, and expiration date

Additional Documents for Students Already Attending School in the USA

We also need the following documents from those students who are currently attending school in the United States:

  1. International Student Transfer-in Form
  2. A copy of your most recent I-20
  3. A copy of your most recent I-94

Required Documents for Students with a Sponsor

  1. Completed and signed  Financial Sponsor Affidavit
  2. Official sponsor bank statements with certified translation into English (must include currency conversion from www.xe.com)

All visa documents must be correct and received by SMTD Admissions no later than May 31, 2023 in order to enroll for Fall 2023 classes.

FAQs

  • Who can I contact with questions about the I-20 process?
  • Once I have my I-20 who should I contact about questions regarding my student visa, SEVIS check-in, etc.?
  • How long will it take to process my I-20? How will I know when it’s ready?
    • Processing for I-20s can take up to six weeks once all materials have been submitted (and corrected). Your will receive an email from the U-M International Center prompting you to create a login for the U-M database, MPassport where you’ll be able to download your I-20. You must have a U-M uniqname in order to create an MPassport login after receiving the invitation link.

Other Resources for International Students
The U-M International Center

U.S. Department of State

Ensemble Auditions

Please visit the ensembles page for more details about audition repertoire and how to schedule an audition.

Request for Private Lessons

Every student who takes a private lesson for credit must fill out an individual studio assignment request form.

Questions?

SMTD Undergraduate Orientation Coordinator – Alexa Martinez (alexamz@umich.edu)

SMTD Graduate Orientation Coordinator – Lauren Sutherland (laursuth@umich.edu)

U-M Office of New Student Programs (Undergraduates) – onsp@umich.edu