PTV General Information

PTV is a four-day orientation session that takes place in late August, just before fall term begins.  PTV gives you a chance to get to know your classmates as well as other members of the UDM community.

PTV 2016 will take place Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 23 - 26.

PTV schedule summary

PTV kicks off with a Family Mass at 4 p.m. (all are welcome), followed by a picnic at 5 p.m. Family members are invited to both the mass and picnic!
Tuesday Until 9:30 p.m. (check-in times vary, see below) 
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – noon

For more detailed information regarding the schedule throughout the week, please visit the PTV schedule page.

McNichols Campus directions

When you arrive on campus, use the Livernois entrance. Directions to campus. 

Resident students

If you plan to live on campus during the school year, you will check in for PTV during your assigned move-in time. Move-in details have been mailed separately.

Commuter students

If you plan to commute to campus during the school year, check in for PTV at the Fountain Lounge in the Student Center from 2 – 3:45 p.m. You will remain on campus for the day to participate in the scheduled activities.

PTV housing for commuter students

To maximize your experience, we are happy to offer housing to a limited number of commuter students during PTV. Please send your requests to by Aug. 1. If you are granted the temporary housing option, check-in will be held at Shiple Hall from 1 – 2 p.m. For any questions regarding housing, call the Office of Residence Life at 313-993-1230.

Suggested PTV packing list

  • Sleeping bag/bedding
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Bathrobe (optional)
  • Shower shoes/flip flops
  • Personal toiletries
  • Casual attire including gym and service project clothes (see below) 
  • Business casual attire for closing ceremony
  • Alarm clock
  • Small fan

Common Read

Don’t forget about the Common Read selection, Tattoos on the Heart, by Gregory Boyle. During PTV you will participate in discussions about the book.

Service project

As a part of the program, students will spend one morning doing a service project at a social service agency that is doing great things in Detroit. This work often involves gardening or clean-up work; students need to wear clothes that can get dirty. Most importantly, students may not wear open-toed shoes or tank-tops. We suggest students wear gym shoes and shirts with sleeves.

Horizons retreat

Horizons is a three-day, two-night experience away from the distractions and busy-ness of everyday life.

Students will be allowed to move into their residence halls before leaving for the retreat on the Sunday before PTV. We will return to campus in time for the start of first-year student orientation. Horizons itself will take place at an off-campus retreat center. The format of the retreat involves listening, reflecting, small and large group discussions, free time and fellowship-building. For more information and to register, please visit the Horizons page

If you have questions about admissions, financial aid, the tuition payment plan, on-campus housing, SOAR, PTV, academic advising, registering for classes, health services – or anything else –
call your UDM admissions counselor at 800-635-5020.

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