What you need to know

  • First year students

    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 orientation@wayne.edu 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 orientation@wayne.edu for answers.

  • Transfer students

    Welcome to Wayne State!

    The Orientation Leader team is excited to meet you at one of our upcoming orientation sessions designed for transfer students. We look forward to seeing you and making your transition to Wayne State as smooth as possible.

    The transfer orientation program is more than advising and registration. You'll learn about campus resources, how to navigate the university successfully and network with students, faculty and staff. 

    Transfer students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor prior to an orientation session. However, we will have advisors available during orientation to help develop your plan of work, discuss transfer credit and register for your first semester of classes at Wayne State.

    Orientation sessions

    Please note that orientation reservations are set based on your intended major. If you do not see your major listed, please write to the orientation office to update your intended major with the university. Orientation sessions are scheduled for noon-5 p.m. You are expected to attend the entire program. Make your reservation now.

    Students admitted for Spring/Summer 2018

    Thursday, April 26

    Students admitted for Fall 2018

    Thursday, April 26
    Thursday, May 24
    Wednesday, June 6
    Friday, July 13
    Tuesday, July 17
    Tuesday, July 24
    Friday, August 3
    Friday, August 24

    What will I do during the orientation program?

    • Check-in, eat lunch, take your OneCard (student ID) picture
    • Browse our student success resource fair for information on academic support offices and departments
    • Meet other incoming transfer students
    • Hear from our financial aid office, Transfer Student Success Center, Dean of Students Office
    • Participate in a conference-style setting where you get to choose which offices you'd like to hear from
    • Learn about the diverse university of which you are a member
    • Meet with an academic advisor (if you haven't already done so)
    • Register for classes/adjust your schedule as needed
    • Take a tour of campus (optional)

    Are you pre-med, 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 orientation@wayne.edu at least 10 days prior to your orientation date so that we can make arrangements with 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.

  • International and Canadian students

    International students

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

    You can 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.

    Testing

    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.

    Special accomodations

    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 orientation@wayne.edu at least 10 days prior to your orientation date so that we can make arrangements with our Student Disability Services for accommodations. With advanced notification, we can ensure that appropriate accomodations are in place for you.

    Matriculation fee

    Students will automatically be 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.

    Canadian students

    New Student Orientation is all about your success. This exciting day provides you with valuable information about succeeding at Wayne State. During orientation, you'll meet other incoming students and register for classes.

    As a Canadian student, you can attend a regular orientation session date found in 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. 

    Testing

    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.

    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 orientation@wayne.edu at least 10 days prior to your orientation date so that we can make arrangements with our Student Disability Services for accommodations. With advanced notification, we can ensure that appropriate accomodations are in place for you.

    Matriculation fee

    Students will automatically be 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.