First-year students

We are excited to meet you as you begin your college journey! During New Student Orientation, 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.

Orientation sessions for winter 2023 students

The first day of winter classes is Monday, January 9, 2023!

Please note that orientation reservations are set based on your intended major. If you do not see your major listed, write to the orientation office to update your intended major with the university.

We are excited to welcome you to campus for your orientation session! Students and guests will complete the Campus Daily Screener on the morning of their program. We have a limited number of virtual orientation programs for those students who are unable to attend the in-person orientation program, so be sure to reserve your in-person orientation session soon!

Orientation reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and we are unable to take your reservation once a date is full.

Make your reservation now!

In-person Orientation dates
Noon to 4 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18
Friday, Dec. 16


Online (Virtual) Orientation dates
Noon to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 8
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023


What can I expect from orientation?

1. Information will be provided to you regarding Wayne State academic, mental, social and physical support through our learning management system, called Canvas

2. If you were admitted under the test-optional admissions pathway and/or have not submitted ACT or SAT test scores to Wayne State for admissions purposes, you must take placement exams and assessments before you can register for English, math, biology or chemistry courses. Your advisor is a great resource and will help guide you to which placement exams you will need to take.

2. Advising and registration support will be provided through our incredible academic advising team within each school, college and department. You can expect to receive an email to your Wayne State account from your academic advisor prior to your designated orientation date. This email also includes how to register for classes.

3. Join us on the day of your designated orientation date for your program. For students and guests joining us in person, you must complete the Campus Daily Screener on the morning of your program. For students joining us online, you will receive a link to both your personal email account on file with the university and your Wayne State email account with information on how to join the program at a designated time.

4. Along the way, and thereafter, our Orientation Leaders will be here to engage with you in a variety of ways.

5. If you ever need anything, please reach out to our office at or 313-577-9019 - we're happy to help!

Student orientation expectations

  • We expect you to read, understand and respond to all information from Wayne State University.
  • We expect you to set up and check your new Wayne State email account on a regular basis.
  • We expect you to fully engage in your orientation experience, which means showing up and participating in the orientation programs and all activities associated with the programs.
  • We expect you to respect your peers, faculty and staff of the university.

Are you pre-med, pre-physician assistant, 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 no offer a specific orientation for pre-med students, there will be an opportunity to connect with the pre-med advising office at first-year student orientation. If you are unable to attend the Pre-Med session at orientation, plan to attend a pre-med freshman check up. The schedule can be found on the Pre-Med and Health Science Center website

Canadian and international students

As an undergraduate international student, we want to make sure you are well prepared for academic success at Wayne State.

You should attend a regular orientation session date found on the appropriate First-year student or Transfer student page on this site. In addition to attending a regular orientation session, you also must schedule a check-in session through the Office of International Students and Scholars.


Appropriate placement into English, mathematics, biology and chemistry courses is an important first step to academic success. If you did not submit ACT or SAT scores with your admission application, YOU MUST take designated placement exams in English, math and biology before you can take these courses at Wayne State. We recommend taking the exam(s) at least two weeks prior to your scheduled orientation session. Contact the Testing Office to schedule your exams.

Have you received your I-20?

If you have not received your I-20 in the mail from the Office of International Students and Scholars, be sure that you have submitted all financial documents to the university. Your I-20 will not be issued unless that information is turned in. Check your application status page to ensure you have submitted your financial documents to the university.

All students

Special accommodations

Please note that online orientation activities include extensive computer use. 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 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 associated with orientation, graduation and commencement. 

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