Next steps

Before Orientation

Set up your WSU account.

This is your gateway to your university email account, course registration and academic tools. Locate your AccessID and temporary password in your admitted student portal. Your temporary password is the nine-digit number on that page. Using this information, log in to Academica. You will be asked to change your temporary password at this time and set up a challenge question for security purposes.

Check on the status of your financial aid.

Once you apply for financial aid (using school code 002329), you can check on the status of your award and view any notifications from the Office of Student Financial Aid on Academica. Once you log in to Academica, click on Student Resources, Financial Aid and choose the menu item you would like to review. Follow up on all requests from WSU so that your financial aid award is disbursed on time.

Make your orientation reservation.

If you have already made an orientation reservation, you do not need to make a new reservation. All of our online activities will be based on the orientation date you reserved.

If you have not made an orientation reservation, please do so. Transfer students and first-year students have different sign up pages so be sure you click the correct reservation page. When signing up for your orientation program, check to be sure we have the correct major listed for you. If you have changed your major, please call us at 313-577-2219 or email us to make the update official. Please update your major at least one week before your scheduled orientation date so we ensure that you receive course recommendations from the appropriate academic advisor.

Complete the Pre-Orientation Prep online course.

About one week after reserving your spot for orientation, log in to Canvas with your AccessID and password to review pre-orientation information. We will review some of this information during the on-campus program; including the Voices for Change student training.

Review placement exam information.

Wayne State uses your SAT/ACT scores to determine placement into appropriate math, biology and English courses. If you feel that your score does not accurately reflect your ability, you may want to consider taking a placement exam. Students who plan to take a chemistry course their first semester must take the chemistry placement exam prior to registration. Questions about which tests you need to take, if any? Contact your academic advisor.

You can check the Testing website's COVID-19 update page to find out where/when placement tests will be offered this summer.

Upload a photo for your WSU OneCard ID.

You don't have to wait until your orientation session to take a student ID picture. You can submit an approved photo from home, then the OneCard and Parking Service Center will mail your OneCard to you upon course registration. Once you log in to Academica , click on University Resources, Access OneCard Account, and then Upload Your OneCard Photo.

Double check that your major is correct

In all emails we send you, we will include your major on file with the University. Please make any changes to your major well in advance of your orientation date. This will ensure that you receive correct advising and registration information from your academic advisor. Email us with any changes to your major.

Check in with Student Disability Services.

"Disabilities" can take many different forms and we want to be sure we support your educational goals when you're a student at Wayne State. You can reach out to our Student Disability Services team before you attend orientation and before you start classes to find out what types of academic accommodations may be available to you. If you are coming to Wayne State from high school, your IEP does not carry over automatically. If you are coming to Wayne State from another college or university, your accommodations do not automatically carry over. You must register with our Student Disability Services office in order to receive academic accommodations. We are here to help you, but we don't know if you need help until you ask.

First-Year Students: Take the College Student Inventory (CSI) questionnaire.

This gives you the opportunity to share your background and thoughts on a variety of topics and is sent to your Wayne State email account.