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Orientation is required for all new first-year and transfer, degree-seeking students and will be completed online this year. The Office of New Student Programs looks forward to working with you as you start your journey as a Michigan Wolverine. 

Please check your U-M email account regularly after May 1 for your invitation to register for Wolverine Orientation.  You will also receive instructions on how to complete the online orientation modules and placement tests prior to meeting with your academic advisor.

Wolverine Orientation & Placement Exams

Wolverine Orientation & Placement Testing

All incoming first-year students are expected to complete placement exams in mathematics, chemistry, the Directed Self-Placement for Writing, and selected languages are available online to take prior to your Academic Advising Date. All tests are placement in University of Michigan courses only. Advisors use the information from the placement exams in conjunction with information from your transcripts and your prior course experience. Students are not expected to study or prepare in advance for the placement exams. 

Placement exams are mandatory if: 


Five Steps of Wolverine Online Orientation 

Wolverine Online Orientation consists of five steps:

  1. Register for an Academic Advising Date in Wolverine Access
  2. Complete the Wolverine First-Year Transition Course in Canvas
  3. Complete online placement exams (if required by your academic school/college)
  4. Complete your academic school/college pre-advising and advising activities
  5. Online participation in your registered Academic Advising Date, which includes academic advising and course registration for Fall Term courses.

Each step of Wolverine Online Orientation may take several hours to complete so be sure to plan accordingly. The Office of New Student Programs will email you to your UMICH email when registration for an Academic Advising Date is open and you should register for a date as soon as possible. 

Steps 2 - 4 should be completed 2 weeks in advance of your registered Academic Advising Date to ensure you are prepared to register for courses. Failure to complete steps 2 - 4 in advance could delay your course registration. 

If you have questions, concerns, or have trouble completing any of the steps above, don’t hesitate to contact our partners in the Office of New Student Programs at or 734-764-6413.


Wolverine Online Orientation & Placement Exams

Wolverine Online Orientation invitations will be sent via email to all students who have paid their enrollment deposits, beginning in late/mid-May. The Orientation invitation will be sent to your UMICH email account. You will not be able to access Wolverine Online Orientation registration until your uniqname and Kerberos password have been created, and once created, it can take up to 24 hours before your uniqname is activated in the system. 
Register for an Academic Advising Date
You must have your uniqname and password in order to proceed with the registration process; please note that it can take 24-48 hours for your enrollment payment to process and for the activation of your uniqname. The online registration system does not go live until early-May when the email invitations are sent. Once you receive your Wolverine Online Orientation invitation via email, follow the instructions in the email and register for orientation: 
  • Go to: and log in using your uniqname and password
  • Select: “Student” tab, followed by “Undergraduate Orientation”
  • Select: “Register for an Advising date" in your Orientation Center to begin the registration process 

If you have questions about orientation, please call ONSP at (734) 764-6413 or email at


Math Placement, Chemistry Placement and Directed Self-Placement for Writing:

Math Placement Exam

The standard test time is 50 minutes unless an extended time request is made and approved by the Testing Accommodation Center. It must be completed at least 3 business days prior to your Academic Advising Date. 


Chemistry Placement Exam 

Self enroll in the Canvas link. Standard test time is 60 minutes unless an extended time request is made and approved by the Testing Accommodation Center. It must be completed at least 10 business days prior to your Academic Advising Date. 


Directed Self-Placement for Writing

There is no time limit for writing your essay. Submit your essay at least 5 business days prior to your Academic Advising Date. 


Language Placement Exams 

If you have no prior experience in a language you would like to study, you may register for the first course in the language sequence. Otherwise, you should take a language placement test if required by your academic unit and you plan to continue in that language. Please refer to the placement exam chart for requirements. A student whose first language is not English and who attended a high school where English was not the language of instruction does not need to take a language placement.

NOTE: Not all languages will be available to take online in advance of your Academic Advising Date as some may be offered as a proctored exam in the Fall term. You can find more information about other languages from our Language Department websites and contact information page.

Some tests are online and some include oral interviews. Take your placement test, including any virtual interviews, at least TWO WEEKS prior to your registered academic advising date so that your results can be processed and made available.

Placement information for a language not listed above:

If you have experience in a language that is not listed above, you will need to work directly with the department of that language for information on how to complete placement. Some languages will offer placement by appointment only, online or for an in-person test at a later date. Review websites and contact information for the different language departments offered at the University of Michigan. You will still be able to proceed with academic advising even if you can not take one of these placements ahead of time.

Summer Bridge Parent Orientation

Parents & Families

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not offer an in-person parent orientation program this year. Please refer to our communication and events page for more information on upcoming virtual events that assist both parents and students in learning more about our scholars' summer experience.

Thank you for supporting your scholar's decision to attend the University of Michigan. We believe that parents and family members are an important source of encouragement and support as scholars enter the university. 

We encourage you to participate in the Summer Bridge Scholars Program Parent Orientation program which will provide you with information to help you support your scholar during his or her transition to Michigan. 

If you have questions please feel free to contact us at