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Once students officially reply to their acceptance letter and have paid the university deposit, the next step is to register for an Orientation session. If you haven’t, or if you’re not sure if you registered for an Honors Orientation session, please contact the Office of New Student Programs (ONSP). Their contact information is here. If you’re currently signed up, this page will talk about what you need to know for Orientation.

Connect with us and with your cohort on Facebook and Twitter. And be sure to enter the Honors Summer Pic Contest!


You will receive email from ONSP prior to your Orientation date with more information and links to the placement exam portal. Please read that email thoroughly!!! Please complete the online placement exams (except for the self-directed writing placement exam--Honors students are NOT required to complete this one). This link has a great checklist of what you need to do before your Orientation session. It is also very helpful for your academic advisor if you complete the Pre-Orientation questionnaire.


Orientation happens over three days.

Day 1. During your first day, you’ll meet incoming freshman from all over the University and will hear information about a variety of campus offices and services. You will also complete the rest of your placement exams (see link above for more information on placement exams offered).

Day 2. Beginning with lunch on your second day, students will break out to their respective colleges for the academic portion of Orientation. For Honors students, the schedule looks like this:

  • Lunch in the Honors Offices with your Honors Peer Mentors.

  • Meet with the Honors Director.

  • Talk with current Honors students about the structure of the Honors Program and the many course options available at the Honors Academic Info Fair. You will also be able to chat one-on-one with a Math Professor about the many Mathematics options available.

  • Meet one-on-one with your assigned academic advisor. During this 20-30 minute meeting, you will have your questions answered and start to select classes for your Fall schedule.
  • Later that evening, you’ll select courses during the Backpacking Session, led by current Honors students.

Day 3. On the morning of the last day, you’ll meet again with your Honors Advisor, then register for courses. Afterwards, you will meet with your advisor once more to go over your course registration and answer any remaining questions.

Important Note: You complete your schedule here!

Please know that you do not need to come to Orientation with a course schedule planned out. We do encourage students to look over the online LSA Course Guide before coming to Orientation, but Orientation is designed to help you make your schedule, so please don’t feel pressured to know what your schedule is before you get here. Your advisor will be able to help you make good decisions to set you up for success! Come to Orientation with an open mind and intellectual curiosity, and you’ll leave with a schedule that will be a great start to your Michigan Experience!