First-year students

Welcome to Wayne State!

We are excited to see you engage online in our orientation programs. During Online 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 2021 admits

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. When you schedule your orientation, please take into consideration that although this program will be offered online, your advisors may want to meet with you remotely on the day of your orientation program. Please take this into consideration when you are selecting your date.

Orientation reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and we are unable to take your reservation once a date is full. Dates will be posted for students admitted for the winter 2021 in October.

What can I expect from an online orientation?

1. Information will be provided to you regarding Wayne State academic, mental, social and physical support through our learning management system, called Canvas. Approximately two days after you make an reservation for orientation, we will upload a list to Canvas giving you access to a Pre-Orientation Online module (you would have had this as part of your orientation process anyway!). Log into Canvas using your Wayne State accessID (e.g ay4959) and password (you would create this on your own).

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 approximately one to two weeks before your designated orientation date. This email also includes how to register for classes. At this time, you will be added to an Online Orientation course through Canvas.

3. Join us on the day of your designated orientation date for a virtual program. You will receive a link to 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. You can start by following us on Instagram (@exploreWSU) for information and updates as well. 

5. If you ever need anything, please reach out to our office at, call Katie Rawlings at 313-577-2219 or Zak Krug at 313-577-2420.

Warriors vote

You're joining a community where we respectively discuss civic engagement initiatives and opportunities. During the Orientation Program, you'll have the opportunity to register to vote

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 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.    

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.