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 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. Make your reservation today.

Orientation sessions for summer and fall 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. Each orientation session is scheduled from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. You are expected to attend the entire program. Please take this time frame 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.

One-day Orientation Programs

Saturday, May 19
Friday, June 1
Friday, June 8
Tuesday, June 12
Wednesday, June 20
Friday, June 22
Wednesday, June 27
Wednesday, July 11
Friday, July 20
Wednesday, August 1
Wednesday, August 22

Overnight Orientation Program

Thursday, July 26 - Friday, July 27

What will I do during Orientation?

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

  • Meet with your school/college and advising team

  • Meet other incoming students and current students

  • Hear from key student success resources available on-campus

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

  • Register for fall classes

  • Take a tour of campus (optional)

Overnight Orientation

Considering living on campus? Want to spend a little more time meeting other new students? Join us for the overnight program on Thursday, July 26 through Friday, July 27. Space is limited to 150 students for this overnight experience. 

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.    

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 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 for answers.