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First-year student 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 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 for winter 2017 are scheduled from noon-5 p.m. You are expected to attend the entire program.

Orientation dates for students admitted in winter 2017:
Thursday, December 8
Friday, December 16
Wednesday, December 21
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What will I do during Orientation?

Check out our winter schedule for details.

  • Check-in, enjoy lunch, 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, you can attend an information session or schedule an appointment with the Pre-Med and Health Science Center to learn about pre-med preparation and course planning.      

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.