What to Expect at Wolverine Online Orientation this Summer and the Fall Semester


Each year, orientation serves to help all incoming students effectively transition to Michigan Ross and the University of Michigan by introducing the community and opportunities available.

Incoming students are able to learn about campus and university culture, meet with an academic advisor, talk with current students, and register for classes. 

As this experience moves to a remote format in 2020 due to the pandemic, Wolverine Online Orientation will still cover the same topics and information. It will also maintain the same level of personal interaction to ensure students are set up for success while at Ross and U-M. While it might not be the same as an in-person orientation, the university has designed this online experience to be as engaging and informative as possible. As a nice bonus, you don’t have to leave your couch to participate in it.

Wolverine Online Orientation will consist of recorded and live sessions and include five steps that must be completed at the university level before students can register for classes: 

  1. Register for an Academic Advising Date in Wolverine Access.
  2. Complete the Wolverine Transfer Transition Course in Canvas.
  3. Complete online placement exams (these are encouraged at Ross).
  4. Complete your academic school/college pre-advising and advising activities.
  5. Participate online in your registered academic advising date, which includes academic advising and course registration for fall term courses.

Read more about those steps and how to complete them here

Incoming Ross students will also spend time online with a Ross advisor and at least one Ross Academic Peer Advisor (RAPA) during an advising appointment. Academic advisors will help guide students on next steps and answer individual questions with the goal of laying a foundation for a successful first semester schedule. Our RAPAs, who are all current Ross students, will be able to share personal observations and answer questions. This could entail what makes a good transition to college, what mistakes to avoid, how to find a “home” within the big university, and many other topics on the mind of a new Wolverine.  

Resources at Michigan Ross

Once school starts, Ross students will have access to continued support. Each student is assigned a peer mentor as part of the BA100 core course. This older student will be available to answer questions and provide firsthand insight on life at Ross. Students will also have an academic advisor who will be a constant relationship throughout all four years. 

In addition, Ross has a variety of academic resources available to students for assistance in quantitative courses. And the clubs at Ross and U-M provide a way to connect with peers who share social, career, and athletic interests. 

Planning for a public health-informed, in-person fall semester

U-M leaders are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to deliver a public health-informed fall semester on our campus. The university is working to plan for a gradual return to normal activity with guidance from the federal and state governments and U-M public health experts. Ross remains committed to excellence and students can expect a rigorous academic experience regardless of the program delivery format. New students may want to discuss online AND in-person course experiences available at U-M during orientation. Conversations with RAPAs and advisors will help new students orient for success as we navigate the fall term.

We look forward to meeting all new Ross students this summer and seeing you soon.