The University of Michigan-Dearborn conducts orientation programs for newly admitted first-year (freshmen), transfer students, and parents of incoming students. These programs focus on academic expectations, requirements at UM-Dearborn, and various aspects of campus life. The programs also make students aware of existing services available to them: counseling; tutoring; academic advising; life/work planning; and social and cultural activities. Registrations for a student’s first semester of classes takes place as part of the Orientation process. After admission to the University, students receive information about the Orientation process. It is expected that all new students, freshmen and transfers, will attend Orientation.
Newly admitted students may be required to take one or more placement exams. Placement exams are used to assess the level of class into which a student should enroll. Placement exams should be taken well in advance of orientation or meeting with their academic advisor. Placement exams in Mathematics, and Foreign Language are offered. Placement exams are not used as a basis for awarding credit.