First-Year Orientation

So you’ve decided to come to Michigan? Go Blue!

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 2022. 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: 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, Haley Pepper (