Newly admitted students

Congratulations on your admission to Wayne State University. Now what? Follow the checklist below to make sure you're prepared for your first day of classes.

Congratulations and welcome to Wayne State University!

Which one are you?

  • First-year

    Enrollment deposit

    As a first-year student admitted for the fall semester, you will need to pay a $50 enrollment deposit to secure your spot as a Warrior. If you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have a zero EFC (estimated family contribution), you will be contacted about a deferred enrollment deposit option.

    Accept your offer of admission

    Log in to your admitted student portal to let us know you’re ready to become a Warrior.

    Apply for financial aid

    The free application for Federal Student Aid is your first step when applying for loans, grants or scholarships. Log on to FAFSA and use the WSU school code 002329 when applying. Once you’ve submitted the FAFSA, check your aid status on Academica

    Register for Orientation Part 1

    You'll connect with other new students, discuss academic advising, and register for classes during this mandatory, on-campus event. Sign up for a session that fits your schedule, and remember to contact your academic advisor in advance to determine if you should consider course placement testing. 

    Save the date for Orientation Part Two (O2) which takes place just before the start of fall classes (classes begin on Tuesday, August 30). Orientation Part Two is a celebration of the new academic year and includes New Student Convocation and FestiFall. Attendance at Orientation Part Two is required for incoming first-year students.

    Live on campus

    Learn how living on campus can offer added convenience and enhance your Wayne State experience by creating a home away from home.

    Set up your WSU account

    By logging into Academica, you can access all of your student information, including your Wayne State email account. Be on the lookout for important information about orientation, housing, financial aid and upcoming events on campus.

    Take a campus tour

    Experience the life of a Warrior and our unique campus through our many tour options. Visit with us in-person, virtually or on a self guided tour. Please note that all visitors must successfully complete the Guest Campus Screener prior to their arrival.

    Share your Warrior pride

    Show the world you are proud to be a Wayne State Warrior — use one of our custom cover photos or post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #WarriorStrong. 

  • Transfer

    Accept your offer of admission

    Log in to your admitted student portal to let us know you’re ready to become a Warrior.

    Enrollment deposit

    As a transfer student admitted for the fall semester, you will need to pay a $50 enrollment deposit to secure your spot as a Warrior.

    Set up your WSU account

    By logging into Academica, you can access all of your student information, including your Wayne State email account. Be on the lookout for important information about orientation, housing, financial aid and upcoming events on campus.

    Reserve your place at orientation

    Sign up for an on-campus orientation session to ensure a smart start. You’ll learn about campus resources and how to successfully navigate the university, as well as network with students, faculty and staff. 

    Apply for financial aid

    The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is your first step when applying for loans, grants or scholarships. Use the WSU school code 002329 when applying. Once you’ve submitted the FAFSA, check your aid status on Academica.

    Meet with your academic advisor to schedule classes

    It is important to connect with your academic advisor as soon as you are admitted. Many transfer students will need to take upper division courses that fill quickly once registration begins. Find your academic advisor or schedule an appointment online as soon as possible.

    Submit your final transcripts

    If you are still in your current semester at another institution, be sure to have your updated transcripts sent to WSU upon completion of the semester so we can update your transfer credit information.

    Review your transfer credit evaluation

    You will be notified via WSU email when your evaluation is complete. To see it, log in to Academica using your AccessID and password. Under Student Resources, click on Degree Works to view your Degree Worksheet, which shows all of your degree requirements.

    Live on campus

    Learn how living on campus can offer added convenience and enhance your Wayne State experience by creating a home away from home.

    Consider placement testing

    After reviewing your transfer credit evaluation, determine whether placement exams in English, math, biology or chemistry will be required. Schedule your tests at least two weeks prior to your orientation date.

    Share your Warrior pride

    Show the world you are proud to be a Wayne State Warrior — use one of our custom cover photos or post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #WarriorStrong. 

  • International

    Accept your offer of admission

    Log in to your undergraduate application portal to let us know you’re ready to join the Wayne State family.

    Enrollment deposit

    International students admitted for the fall semester will need to pay a $50 enrollment deposit to secure their spot as a Warrior.

    Start checking your WSU email

    We will be sending you important information about orientation, housing and financial aid. Log in to Wayne Connect.

    Review your I-20/DS-2019

    Check your status and pay the SEVIS fee. The SEVIS fee is $200 USD for F-1 students and $180 USD for J-1 students. Remember to print your receipt, as you will need it at the border. If changes are necessary, email I20unit@wayne.eduIf you have not applied for an I-20/DS-2019, visit the OISS site to learn more about applying for your F-1/F-2 visa or your J-1/J-2 visa. Remember to include all supporting documents. Transfer students should complete the Transfer In Clearance form

    Apply for a student visa

    Locate the U.S embassy or consulate in your country and follow the instructions provided for applying. Students from all countries except Canada are required to submit an online nonimmigrant visa application (Form I-160) and schedule a visa interview. When you go to your visa interview, bring your SEVIS receipt, WSU admit letter, I-20/DS-2019 form, documents showing financial support and your passport.

    Canadians entering the U.S. are visa-exempt

    Canadians may apply for the F-1/J-1 status admission directly at the U.S port of entry. Bring your I-20/DS-2019 form, SEVIS receipt, documents showing financial support and your passport. A cash processing fee of $6 USD will be required when you enter the U.S via bridge or tunnel.

    Check out on-campus housing

    Housing applications are available beginning in February. Visit the housing website for more information.

    Plan your arrival

    Arrive to campus no more than 30 days before the start date on your I-20/DS-2019. Please note that you may not receive your paper form I-94 at the port of entry. If this occurs, visit U.S Borders and Customs to learn how to obtain your I-94 number.

    Schedule orientation

    You are invited to attend orientation. Choose a date and time that work best for you.

    Learn about placement testing

    Prior to orientation, visit our testing website to determine whether placement exams in English, math or science will be required. You are required to meet the university’s English proficiency requirement, indicated by minimum scores of 79-80 TOEFL IBT and IELTS 6.5. If you do not meet the university English proficiency requirement, you must apply to the university’s English Language Institute.

    Register for classes

    Get detailed registration instructions and sign up as early as possible to ensure course availability.

    Sign up for OISS check-in

    All international students must check in with the Office of International Students and Scholars when they arrive on campus. Sign up for a mandatory New International Student Check-in.

    Purchase health insurance

    Health insurance is mandatory for international students. Visit the student insurance website to enroll and pay for yours. This is a requirement for the duration of your time at Wayne State.

    Share your Warrior pride

    Use one of our custom cover photos on Facebook or Twitter to tell the world you're proud to be a Wayne State Warrior.

  • Veterans
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    Accept your offer of admission and scholarships

    Log in to your admitted student portal to let us know you're ready to become a Warrior.

    Enrollment deposit

    Veterans admitted for the fall semester will need to pay a $50 enrollment deposit to secure their spot as a Warrior.

    Start by checking your WSU email

    We will be sending you important information about orientation, housing and financial aid. Log in to Wayne Connect.

    Apply for financial aid

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be available at fafsa.gov beginning Jan. 1. Use the WSU school code 002329 when applying. You can check your financial aid status on Academica after you apply.

    Review your transfer credit evaluation

    You will be notified via WSU email when your evaluation is complete. To see it, log in to Academica using your AccessID and password. Click on the Student tab, then on STARS for degree audit. You can then log in using your AccessID and password and select Transfer/PvEd.

    Check out on-campus housing

    Housing applications are available beginning in February. Visit the housing website for more information.

    Register for orientation

    You will sit down for a personalized academic advising session and register for classes. Sign up for orientation.

    Learn about placement testing

    After reviewing your transfer credit evaluation, determine whether placement exams in English, math, biology or chemistry will be required by visiting the testing website. We recommend taking tests at least two weeks prior to your orientation date.

    Submit your final transcripts

    WSU must have proof of graduation before you can start classes. Be sure your transcripts are sent to the Undergraduate Admissions office once you have graduated.

    Get assistance activating your VA Educational Benefits

    The GI Bill ® provides educational benefits to veterans and their dependents. You can explore your benefits or contact our Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence for assistance.

    Attend an Informational Meeting

    We have monthly informational meetings for our new incoming veteran, military and dependent students.

    Share your Warrior pride

    Use one of our custom cover photos on Facebook or Twitter, and tell the world you're proud to be a Wayne State Warrior.


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