Frequently asked questions about orientation

What will I do at orientation?

You will meet with academic advisors, academic success specialists, student leaders and others. During the program, you will receive your OneCard, learn how to navigate Wayne State and discover the many exciting academic programs and student activities here. You will leave your new campus at the end of the day as a registered Wayne State student.

Do I have to attend orientation?

Based on the importance of learning about the university environment, the Board of Governors at Wayne State requires all entering students to attend New Student Orientation.

Students who are admitted directly to the following professional schools or colleges do not attend the general New Student Orientation sessions. Please contact the school or college directly for further information:

  • College of Nursing — 313-577-4082
  • Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences — 313-577-1716
  • School of Social Work — 313-577-4409

Will I meet with an academic advisor at orientation?

Yes. You will meet with an experienced advisor who will review your degree plan and help you choose your courses.

What should I bring with me to orientation?

  • Photo Identification.
  • Placement and/or qualifying exam results.
  • AP exam results.
  • CLEP results

Will I receive information about Financial Aid?

Yes. However, we encourage you to stop by the Welcome Center and talk with an advisor on any weekday. For questions, please call 313-577-3378.

Will I take placement and/or qualifying exams at orientation?

No. You will need to take your placement exams at least three weeks prior to your orientation session. For information on the exams, please visit the testing website and click the appropriate link under the New Student heading, or call Testing, Evaluation and Research at 313-577-3400.

Can I still attend orientation if I have not taken my placement exams?

Yes, but you will NOT be allowed to register for a chemistry course until you have received your results.

Will I take a tour inside the residence halls at orientation?

During orientation, you will see the locations of the residence halls and eat lunch in one of the dining halls. There will be an opportunity for students who wish to tour a residence hall room to do so.

Do parents participate in Orientation?

In coordination with the freshman and transfer orientation dates, we offer a parent track. 

Is there someone I can email if I have other questions?

Yes. Send an email to