The 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. 

Registeration for the W.O.W. 2014 Trip is now closed!

Please contact the Office of Admissions and Orientation if you have questions about the event at 313-593-5100.

Date: August 18-21, 2014
Location: Mattawan, MI 
Investment: $295 all inclusive

In its sixth 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.

The mandatory pre-trip meeting is scheduled for August 4 to cover everything you need to prepare for the trip.  You will meet the current students and University staff that will be joining you in this experience.  Bring your enthusiasm and excitement; this will be one adventure you won't soon forget!  If you have any questions, email

W.O.W. Scholarship 

The scholarship deadline for applications has passed. Recipients will be sent notifications during the week of July 21, 2014.

Photos from previous W.O.W. Trips

Wolves.Orientation.Wilderness.Outdoor Adventure


Trip Leaders

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

2014 W.O.W. Trip Important Dates

  • February 18 - August 1 - Online Registration
  • July 14 - Scholarship Application Due - deadline has passed.
  • July 21 - Scholarship Recipients Notified
  • August 4 - Pre-Trip Meeting/Registration Payment Due
  • August 18 - 21 - W.O.W. Trip