Orientation programs

Orientation group

The first year at college begins a whole new stage of life — not just for you, but for your parents too! That's why UDM offers both a freshman orientation program and a parent orientation program.

Freshman orientation

UDM's two-part freshman orientation program is required for all freshmen who will be starting classes in the fall term.  The program will provide you with tools, information and experiences to help make your time at UDM successful. Freshman orientation has two phases:

  • SOAR
    Student Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR) is Phase I of freshman orientation. It's a two-day session scheduled in June or July. You'll become familiar with campus life by staying on campus overnight, touring UDM buildings, meeting with your academic advisor and registering for classes you'll take during your first semester at UDM. Register for SOAR and find out more.
  • PTV
    Prologues, Transitions & Viewpoints (PTV) is Phase II of freshman orientation.  It is a four-day session that takes place in late August, just before fall term begins. You'll get to know classmates, faculty and other members of the UDM community by sharing experiences both on campus and off, including a day-long introduction to some of the social and cultural environments of Detroit. Find out more about PTV.

Parent orientation

Because college is a financial and emotional investment for the whole family, UDM offers a special orientation program just for parents of entering students. The one-day parent program will help you with your transition to becoming a college parent and equip you with the resources necessary to help your student achieve success at UDM. Register and learn more about parent orientation.