Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: With the continually shifting situation regarding the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) public health emergency, the University is committed to protecting your health and safety by minimizing potential spread of the disease. Because of this precaution, the University is canceling events in support of the statewide "social distancing" strategy. Work is underway to provide students with virtual opportunities for orientation programming. We encourage you to direct any immediate inquiries to the Orientation Staff email account which is actively monitored:

Welcome to UM-Dearborn!

Orientation provides you with pertinent information to prepare you for the upcoming semester. It is required in order for you to meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

First, you will register for an Virtual Orientation Day (see below) that will be the day you will register for classes.

Orientation is a two-part online experience:

  • Part 1 - New Student Orientation Course - Complete the on the learning platform Canvas at least five days in advance of your scheduled Virtual Orientation Day.
  • Part 2 - Virtual Orientation Day- You will meet with an Academic Advisor to plan your schedule and register for classes.

Once you have attended the Virtual Orientation Day, you will be able to participate in additional online learning sessions throughout the summer. 

Incoming freshmen who do not have Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment Credit are required to take placement exams prior to attending Freshman Orientation. Visit the Freshman Placement Exams page for information and practice math problems.

2020 Virtual Orientation Day

The dates available for Fall Virtual Orientation Day is below. In order to enroll in classes for the Fall 2020 semester, you will need to attend a Virtual Orientation Day. 

  • Wednesday, June 3
  • Tuesday, June 9
  • Thursday, June 11
  • Friday, June 19
  • Wednesday, June 24
  • Wednesday, July 8
  • Tuesday, July 14
  • Thursday, July 16
  • Friday, July 24
  • Tuesday, July 28
  • Wednesday, August 5
  • Monday, August 10
  • Wednesday, August 19
  • Friday, August 21

Most of the above dates will have a morning session from 9 am - 11 am and an afternoon session from 1 pm - 4 pm. You will only need to select one session and be present the entire session. 

Fall classes start Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Orientation Registration Information 

When registering for your Virtual Orientation, please be sure to have the following readily available:

  • Username and password used to complete admissions application.
  • Eight digit UMID

Additionally, be sure to have already created your uniqname. If you have not already done this, our system will not allow you to register for your orientation. Prepare now by obtaining your uniqname. Once you create your uniqname, please allow 24 hours for it to update in our system. 

Technology Requirements

Participating in online orientation will require a computer or tablet with internet capabilities.  If you don’t have access to these technology resources, let us know by emailing us at so we can make alternative arrangements for you.

Go Blue Orientation and Convocation

Go Blue Orientation and Convocation will be held August 26, 27, and 28 in a virtual online format. Join new incoming Wolverines to celebrate the start of the school year and get connected to campus! This pre-semester Go Blue kick-off celebration is one you don’t want to miss!

Registration is now available for Go Blue Orientation & Convocation!

Parent Orientation 

Registration is now open for parents and guardians to sign up to attend. Dates available are July 21 and August 6.

For information, visit Parent Orientation.

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