Transfer students

Welcome to Wayne State!

The Orientation Leader team is excited to meet you online at one of our upcoming orientation sessions 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 fall 2021 fall students

If you're beginning classes in the fall semester on Wednesday, September 1, these sessions are for you!

Orientation dates for fall students
Date Time Notes
Thursday, April 15 12-2 p.m.  
Friday, April 23 2-4 p.m. Not for College of Education students
Thursday, May 6 12-2 p.m.  
Wednesday, May 26 2-4 p.m.  
Wednesday, June 2 2-4 p.m.  
Thursday, June 24 12-2 p.m.  
Friday, July 16 12-2 p.m. Not for College of Education students
Wednesday, July 21 2-4 p.m. Not for College of Education students

What can I expect from an online 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. Along the way, and thereafter, our Orientation Leaders will be here to engage with you in a variety of ways. You can start by following us on Instagram (@exploreWSU) for information and updates. 

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

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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.


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.

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.