PTV: Prologues, Transitions, and Viewpoints

A group of orientation student leaders gather on McNichols Campus for the PTV program.

PTV 2022: August 23-26

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    Program Description

    Prologues, Transitions, and Viewpoints is a three-day orientation comprised of the following activities: 

    Prologues is a unique program focusing on academics and emphasizing interaction, integration and connection with faculty. You will be introduced to Detroit Mercy professors from various disciplines who will discuss academic success in college. Next, you will attend special sessions to hear from faculty in your specific major. The time spent alongside members of the University's faculty will help prepare you for the rigors of academic work.

    Participation in Transitions will give you a good foundation to begin collegiate life by developing personal identity and interpersonal relationships with current Detroit Mercy students and the University community. You will participate in activities to create awareness of personal value and a sense of community and connectedness.  We want our students to be successful and this starts with a solid transition to college.

    Viewpoints is an introduction to Detroit's remarkable social and cultural environments. The program will help you begin to understand the needs of the city and its residents and ways you can develop the leadership skills necessary to address those needs. You will spend a few hours engaged in service learning at one of several Detroit social services agencies, such as Focus:HOPE, Crossroads, the Catholic Worker or Habitat for Humanity.

    You will then take a guided walking tour of Detroit's downtown area and its landmarks. You will learn how the city has begun a residential and commercial revitalization process that will take Detroit into the future. 

    Reservations are not necessary as all freshmen will participate.  


Commuter Students

Students planning to commute to campus during the school year will check-in for PTV on August 23 between 8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. and will remain on campus for the day to participate in the scheduled activities. Check-in will be located outside in the Kassab Mall area near the Student Fitness Center.

Temporary Housing for Commuter Students

A limited number of residence hall rooms are available for commuter students who are interested in staying on campus during PTV (at no extra charge). Students interested in staying on campus for the week will need to complete a PTV Commuter Housing Request Form, which will open in early August. Students granted temporary housing will check-in with their belongings at Shiple Hall between 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. after their official check-in the morning of August 23.

See McNichols Campus Map & Directions

Residential Students

Students planning to live on campus during the school year will check-in for PTV during their assigned move-in time. Residential students will receive move-in details via their Detroit Mercy student email account.   

First-Year Convocation

Tuesday, August 23

To kick off PTV, students and their families will take part in First-Year Convocation. This event formally marks the beginning of the college experience. The program features a student processional, introduction to key administrators and a keynote speaker.  Students should plan to dress casually.  A picnic for all guests will be served following the ceremony.


Students will follow one of two PTV schedules based on their school/college. 

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    Red Schedule

    For students in the following schools/colleges:
    -College of Engineering & Science
    -School of Architecture & Community Development

    The Red Schedule will be available in early August.


    Blue Schedule

    For students in the following schools/colleges/departments:
    -College of Business Administration
    -College of Liberal Arts & Education
    -College of Health Professions
    -Department of Dental Hygiene
    -McAuley School of Nursing
    -Student Success Center

    The Blue Schedule will be available in early August.


    Find My School/College

    Use the list below to find your major and the associated school/college. 

    School of Architecture and Community Development (Red Schedule)

    College of Business Administration (Blue Schedule)
    Business Administration
    5-Year Accounting
    5-Year Business Administration
    6-Year Law - Business Administration

    College of Engineering & Science (Red Schedule)
    Architectural Engineering
    Civil Engineering
    Electrical Engineering
    Engineering - Undeclared
    Mechanical Engineering
    Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering
    5-Year Civil Engineering
    5-Year Electrical Engineering
    5-Year Mechanical Engineering
    5-Year Robotics & Mechatronic Systems Engineering
    6-Year Architectural Engineering

    Computer Science
    5-Year Computer Science to Software Engineering
    6-Year Law - Mathematics

    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Pre-Physical Therapy
    Pre-Physician Assistant
    Science - Undeclared
    5-Year Biochemistry to Environmental Engineering
    5-Year Biology to Environmental Engineering
    5-Year Chemistry to Environmental Engineering
    5-Year Physician Assistant
    6-Year Law - Biology
    6-Year Law - Chemistry
    6-Year Pharmacy
    7-Year Dental

    College of Liberal Arts & Education (Blue Schedule)
    Addiction Studies
    Communication Studies
    Criminal Justice
    Developmental Psychology
    Financial Economics
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Political Science
    Religious Studies
    Pre-Social work
    5-Year Criminal Justice
    5-Year Criminal Justice to Intelligence Analysis
    5-Year Cybersecurity
    5-Year Economics
    5-Year Financial Economics
    5-Year Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    6-Year Law - Economics
    6-Year Law - English
    6-Year Law - Political Science

    Student Success Center (Blue Schedule)
    Academic Interest and Major Exploration
    Health Exploration Program

    Department of Dental Hygiene (Blue Schedule)
    Pre-Dental Hygiene

    College of Health Professions (Blue Schedule)
    Health Information Management and Technology
    Health Services Administration

    McAuley School of Nursing (Blue Schedule)


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    Attire/Packing List

    First-Year Convocation Attire

    Students can dress casually.

    Service Project Attire

    Students will live out the Detroit Mercy Mission by spending a morning at a social service agency committed to doing positive things in Detroit. Since the service projects often involve gardening, clean-up work or even painting, students need to wear clothes that can get dirty along with gym shoes. Students may not wear open-toed shoes, sandals or flip-flops. Finally, some of the sites do not allow tank-tops, so please bring a shirt with sleeves.

    Packing List for Commuter Students Staying in the Residence Halls

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

Contact Us

Orientation Questions

PTV Office
Facebook: Detroit Mercy Orientation
Instagram: @detroit_mercy_orientation
Twitter: @DetMercy1stYear

Enrollment Questions

Admissions Office
Phone: 313-993-1245

Residence Life Questions

Residence Life Office
Phone: 313-993-1230