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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a two-part program designed to introduce you to life at EMU and take care of the business of starting your EMU career. Orientation begins in the spring with a one-day Fast Track session and continues in September with First Four—your four-day, welcome week/campus acclimation process, which starts with move-in day and concludes with the start of classes. If you have been admitted to EMU as a freshman, you'll receive registration information by mail. Registering for Fast Track Orientation is the official way to notify us that you've decided to attend Eastern!

Fast Track Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Am I required to attend both Fast Track and First Four?

Yes. Both are essential. Note: if you live outside the mid-west United States and are unable to attend Fast Track in person, please complete the online registration form and you'll receive alternative instructions for academic advising and fall course registration.

Should parents/family attend?

Yes. Our family programs provide valuable information regarding financial, business, academic and community support resources, as well as guidance to help prepare for the transition to college. A maximum of two parents or family members may attend Fast Track (child care is not provided) and up to four guests may attend the first day of First Four.

What do I need to bring to Fast Track Orientation?

  • Your NETID and password.
  • A state-issued ID, i.e. driver's license, state ID or passport. If you don't have a state-issued ID, bring your high school student ID (it must have your photo on it).
  • Any financial aid award and scholarship paperwork you have received from EMU. (Financial aid staff will be at Fast Track to answer your questions.)
  • Copies of advanced placement and international baccalaureate test scores and/or grades from completed dual enrollment or post secondary college credit courses.
  • Foreign language placement test results if applicable.
  • Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, including good walking shoes.

Do I need to bring money?

No. For incoming freshmen, the cost for Orientation is included in the $350 New Student Fee assessed to your student account at the beginning of your first semester at EMU.

How do I change my Fast Track date?

Log into the registration system (use the form on the right side of this page), navigate to the date selection page and choose a different date. Click “Save and continue” to finish your registration change.

How do I confirm that I am registered for Fast Track or verify the date I am registered to attend?

Log into the registration system (use the form on the right side of this page) and navigate to the last page. You will see your chosen Fast Track date.

Do I need to take the Math Placement Exam at Fast Track?

Only students who score between 16–18 on the math portion of the ACT or between 380–519 on the math portion of the SAT (or whichever score is higher) will take the math placement exam at Fast Track. For questions regarding math placement, contact the Math Department at 734.487.4474 or visit the Math Department website.

If your ACT math sub-score is 19 or more, or your SAT math sub-score is 520 or more, you will not take the math placement test during your Fast Track session. These scores indicate that your math placement is college level mathematics, and you'll find out what math course you place in during your Fast Track advising appointment. If at that point you wish to try to place higher than your initial math placement, then you can make arrangements to take the math placement test during walk-in hours. 

What will happen on a Fast Track day?

Fast Track Schedule [PDF]

What if I want to change the number of guests?

You may bring up to two guests with you to Fast Track. If you would like to change the number of guests, log into the Fast Track registration form (located on the right side of this page) and update your guests.

Will my parents or family members stay with me the whole day?

You and your family will be together during several portions of the day, including the general education and academic experience session, the Resource Fair and the Campus/Residence Hall Tour. The remaining portions of the day, you'll have separate schedules. See the schedule of the day [PDF] for more information.

How is placement in the Honors group determined at Fast Track?

If your GPA is 3.5 or higher and your ACT composite is 25 or greater, or if you competed in the Presidential Scholarship Competition, you'll be placed into the Honors group at Fast Track. You'll receive more information about applying to The Honors College and be advised on program requirements and how you can incorporate an Honors College experience. To learn more about the Honors College or to apply, visit The Honors College.

I did not receive my confirmation email, can I have that re-sent?

Yes! Please send an email with your name and the date you have registered to attend Fast Track to orientation@emich.edu, or call our office at 734.487.1208.

I’ve received my admissions letter, but I haven’t received anything about financial aid yet.

If you have questions regarding financial aid, visit the Financial Aid website. Or you may visit Service EMU, our one-stop-shops for questions regarding financial aid, student business services and records and registration, when you attend Fast Track.

My guest or I need special accommodations at Fast Track. How do I let someone know?

Log in to the registration form at the right side of the page and fill out the special accommodations section. If you would like to speak with someone about your accommodations, please call the Orientation office at 734.487.1208.

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Don't have a a my.emich account? Please visit NetID Account Activation.

Orientation is conducted by Campus Life, 345 Student Center, 900 Oakwood Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.487.1208 orientation@emich.edu

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