Transfer students

You know how to be a student. Let us show you how to be a Warrior.

The Orientation Leader team is excited to meet you during an upcoming orientation session designed for transfer students. We look forward to 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 answer general questions regarding your plan of work, discuss transfer credit and register for your first semester of classes at Wayne State.

Orientation sessions for spring/summer and fall 2023 students

The first day of spring/summer classes is Friday, May 5, 2023.
The first day of fall classes is Monday, August 28, 2023.

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.

We're excited to welcome you to campus for your orientation session! While we have two different program formats for you to fulfill your orientation requirement, you only need to attend one program. Yes, orientation is required for all incoming students, including transfer students.

Orientation reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and we are unable to take your reservation once a date is full.

Make your reservation now!

On-campus Orientation programs

In-person Orientation dates
Noon to 4 p.m.

Date Notes
Thursday, April 13 Recommended for spring/summer students
Wednesday, May 24 Recommended for spring/summer students
Friday, June 9  
Friday, July 14 Not available for Education students.

Online Orientation

Online (Virtual) Orientation dates
Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Date Notes
Thursday, April 20 Recommended for spring/summer students; not available for Education students.
Friday, April 28 Recommended for spring/summer students
Tuesday, June 27 Not available for Education students.
Wednesday, July 19  


What can I expect from orientation?

1. Information will be provided to you regarding Wayne State academic, mental, social and physical support through our learning management system, called Canvas

2. Advising and registration support will be provided through our incredible academic advising team within each school, college and department. By the date of your orientation session, you will have received communication from your academic advisor about the advising and registration process.

3. Join us on the day of your designated orientation date for your program. For students joining us online, you will receive a link to both your personal email account on file with the university and your Wayne State email account with information on how to join the program at the designated time.

4. Along the way, and thereafter, our Orientation Leaders will be here to engage with you in a variety of ways.

5. If you ever need anything, please reach out to our office at, call the Orientation Office at 313-577-9019.

Student 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-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.

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 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 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.