W.O.W. 2014 ParticipantsThe Wolverines. Orientation. Wilderness. (W.O.W.) Program is an optional four-day outdoor adventure/college prep experience for incoming students. The trip will assist you in getting to know your future classmates - and yourself - a little better.  Learning from University faculty, staff, and current students, you will gain valuable insight into life at UM-Dearborn.  The trip is designed to be challenging, informative, and FUN!  This is a great opportunity for personal growth, making new friends, and learning what it takes to earn a Michigan degree. 

W.O.W. Registration

Registration for the W.O.W. 2015 Trip:

Online registration runs from February through August 2015.

Register by July 31!

Please contact the Office of Admissions and Orientation if you have questions about the event at 313-593-5100 or at orientation@umd.umich.edu.

Date: August 16-19, 2015
Location: Jackson, MI
Registration Fees:

Early Bird Registration Deadline

July 20, 2015


Regular Registration Deadline

July 31, 2015


(W.O.W. refund policy.)

In its seventh year, the W.O.W. trip continues to grow and provide an unforgettable adventure for incoming students.

This four-day, three-night adventure will include transportation to/from the site, lodging, all meals, and unlimited opportunities to have fun through team and leadership building opportunities. In addition to a fun experience, this adventure will also engage you in active discussion with your peers and group leaders.  The objectives of the W.O.W. trip are to not only create instant bonds between fellow classmates, faculty and staff at the University, but to remove you from your comfortable environment to challenge you in ways that will help better prepare you for college life.

By connecting with other incoming students, current students, and University faculty and staff, you will have the opportunity to share your hopes and fears about starting college around the campfire.  Learn first-hand from faculty, staff and current students a skill set that will prove invaluable during your college experience.  Attend W.O.W., make life long memories, and gain skills and friendships that will endure long after you earn your Michigan degree.

W.O.W. Scholarship 

Scholarships are available for the W.O.W. experience. 
Download the 2015 scholarship application.

2014 W.O.W. Gallery


Trip Leaders

The trip will be chaperoned by UM-Dearborn staff members from the Orientation and Enrollment Management and Student Life departments.  Current student counselors and professional facilitators will also participate with you in this adventure.