Frequently Asked Questions

How will my freshman student get into classes?
Here at UM we register new freshmen in their Academic Core Courses. These are the classes recommended for their academic major or their area(s) of interest. This way, no matter which Orientation program your student attends, access to the classes required for his or her major isn’t affected. Students will register for additional classes, electives and general education courses, at their on-campus Orientation. In order for us to register students in their Core Courses they must complete their Next Steps and MyAcademics Tasks by the posted deadlines.

How does my freshman access My Academics?
After your student registers for an Orientation, a “Welcome to My Academics” email is sent. This email contains the link to My Academics.  Students use their NetID and password to log in to My Academics.  Please encourage your student to take their time, read each task carefully and watch the helpful videos. One important reminder: even if your student finishes all of the My Academics tasks, we cannot register your student in their Core Courses if the Health Holds are not cleared and the Health Insurance Election has not been made. Instructions for how to take care of these two items are on the Next Steps section of the Orientation web site.

Do we really have to pay an additional $125 for a Summer Orientation?
Yes. Because the campus is mostly closed during the summer, we have to contract with our various campus partners to bring in additional supports, etc. to make that program possible. The Fall Orientation doesn’t have an up-front fee. However, all new students will be charged a $65 Orientation fee regardless of which program you choose, when you pay for your tuition and fees.

When will my student speak with an advisor?
Students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and advisors from their academic departments during Orientation. Encourage your student to make a follow-up appointment to meet one-on-one with their advisor during the first few weeks of classes.

Can my student move into his or her residence hall room early?
Absolutely! The official move-in day is on Saturday, August 29, but students can move in as early Saturday, August 22 for a nightly early arrival fee. This early-arrival fee will be automatically charged to your students’ accounts if they check in early. Also—no need to call and let us know if you are planning to check in any time from August 22 - August 29, just show up to the front desk of the hall (usually open from ~ 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and you can begin the check-in process.