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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 Part One sessions - One-day and Overnight Programs

Whether you're interested in spending the night on campus or not, all of the orientation programs below fulfill your Orientation Part One attendance requirement. 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. The one-day 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.

One-day Orientation Programs

Saturday, May 13
Saturday, May 20
Friday, June 2
Wednesday, June 7
Wednesday, June 14
Wednesday, June 28
Thursday, July 13
Friday, July 21
Wednesday, July 26
Wednesday, August 23

Overnight Orientation Programs

Considering living on campus? Want to spend a little more time meeting other new students? Join us for one of two overnight orientation programs. Space is limited to 100 students per session and we cannot accommodate students once these dates fill up. Students who make a reservation for an overnight orientation, fulfill the Orientation Part One attendance requirement and are expected to spend the night on campus in the Towers Residential Suites.

Pre-Med at Wayne - June 9 and 10

Interested in pursuing a pre-medicine path? Learn how the pre-med curriculum works with your major requirements to fulfill graduation and medical school requirements. Meet other pre-med students and find out how the Pre-Med and Health Science Center can help you learn to succeed. If you are unable to attend this program, make a reservation for a one-day orientation program and schedule a Freshman Check-up session to follow.

The Successful Learner - July 11 and 12

Learn more about the support services offered through the Academic Success Center (ASC). All students will hear from the ASC during orientation, but overnight students will delve deeper into becoming a motivated, independent learner. This session includes self-reflection assessments and meet-and-greet opportunities with our peer-assisted learning staff.

What will I do during Orientation?

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

  • Meet with your school/college or program and academic advising team

  • Meet other incoming students and current students

  • Hear from key student success resources available on-campus

  • Participate in a study skills workshop with the Academic Success Center

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

  • Register for classes

  • Take a tour of campus (optional)

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.

Pre-med students who do not attend the pre-med overnight should make a reservation for a one-day orientation program, followed by a Pre-Med Check Up 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.