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Freshman orientation details

Welcome to Wayne State!

The Orientation Leader team is looking forward to meeting you and making your transition to Wayne State as smooth as possible. During the two-part orientation process, you'll learn about campus resources, what it takes to be a successful student, connect with your academic advisor and register for your first semester of classes. The program is planned with your success in mind. Make your reservation today.

Orientation Part One sessions

Please note that orientation reservations are set based on your intended major. If you do not see your major listed, please write to the orientation office to update your intended major with the university. Orientation sessions are scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. You are expected to attend the entire program.

Orientation Part One dates:
Saturday, May 21
Friday, June 3
Wednesday, June 8
Wednesday, June 15
Wednesday, June 22
Saturday, June 25
Wednesday, June 29
Wednesday, July 13
Saturday, July 23
Wednesday, July 27
Wednesday, August 10
Friday, August 26

What will I do during Orientation Part One?

  • Check-in, enjoy continental breakfast, take your OneCard (student ID) picture

  • Browse our student success resource fair for information on academic support offices and departments

  • Meet other incoming students

  • Hear from our financial aid office, police department, Dean of Students Office

  • Participate in a study skills workshop with the Academic Success Center

  • Learn about the diverse university of which you are a member

  • Meet with your school/college and academic advising team

  • Register for classes

  • Take a tour of campus (optional)

Are you pre-med, pre-law or pre-dental?

If you answered YES to this question, please note that none of the programs above are considered majors at Wayne State. You must choose a major from our list of programs and follow the prerequisite coursework for the respective program. While we do not offer a pre-med orientation session, the Pre-Med and Health Science Center offers "Check-ups" throughout the summer to learn about pre-med preparation and course planning.      

Orientation Part Two (O2)

The second part of your orientation process takes place on August 29 and 30. During O2, you'll rejoin the entire freshman class for two days of learning about the campus you now call home. You'll participate in student success workshops, join in on Warrior traditions and be a part of New Student Convocation and FestiFall - your official, presidential welcome to Wayne State! You'll receive more information regarding O2 once you've attended your Orientation Part One program.

Special accommodations

Please note that orientation activities include extensive computer use and walking. If you have a mobility limitation, hearing impairment, or disability that limits your ability to read information or register for classes online, please write to us at orientation@wayne.edu at least 10 days prior to your orientation date so that we can make arrangements with our Student Disability Services. With advance notification, we can ensure that appropriate accommodations are in place for you.

Matriculation fee

All incoming students are billed a $250 matriculation fee at the time tuition and fees are assessed, regardless of orientation program attendance. This fee covers the costs of orientation, graduation and commencement. 

Let us know if you have any questions about getting started at Wayne State. Email orientation@wayne.edu for answers.