Wayne State University

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Newly admitted

Congratulations on your admission to Wayne State University! Now what? Make sure you dot your "I's" and cross your "T's" with the checklist below so you're prepared for your first day of classes on campus.

Incoming freshmen

  • Grab a magnet and place your admission letter right in the middle of your refrigerator for all to see. We bet your family is proud!
  • Test out your AccessID and password on Pipeline to make sure you can login. You'll use Pipeline a lot while you're at school here.
  • Schedule a campus tour. If you haven't seen Wayne State with your own eyes, how can you love it as much as we do?
  • Apply for financial aid. The sooner you apply, the better your chance of receiving aid. Keep checking the Financial Aid tab in Pipeline to view the most up-to-date information regarding your aid.
  • Consider living on campus in one of our residence halls or apartments. They include cable and Internet connections, laundry facilities and all the food you care to eat (depending on what meal plan you select). Submit your application online.
  • If you have met the eligibility requirements to attend a WSU scholarship event, look for your invitation from after the first of the year.
  • You must register for Orientation. Check out dates and times and pick one that works for your intended major.
  • We'll use your ACT score and subscores to place you in to the appropriate math, English and biology courses. If your major requires chemistry or you feel that you would like to take a placement exam, check the testing website for information on scheduling placement exams. If you need to take exams, we recommend scheduling them at least two weeks prior to your Orientation session so you'll have your results.
  • Once you've applied for financial aid, check your snail mail for your financial aid award letter, which could include grants, scholarships, loans or work-study funding. Pay close attention to this letter and follow any instructions it gives.
  • If you are starting classes in the fall semester, participate in Orientation Part II. It will get your school year off to the right start. You'll meet other students, become more familiar with campus, pick up new study skills and learn what we expect of you. It's fun; it's required.

Transfer students

  • We hope you're just as excited to start classes at Wayne State as we are to have you here - welcome!
  • Make sure your AccessID and password work properly by logging in to Pipeline. You'll use Pipeline to accept any financial aid awards, view your transfer credit evaluation and register for classes.
  • Review your transfer credit evaluation through STARS for degree audit. Be sure to log in with your Pipeline information.
  • Check to see if you need to take a qualifying/placement exam for English, math or chemistry. You may already have credit for these courses but double-check the testing website to make sure.
  • Register for new student orientation. It's required of all entering transfer students.
  • Attend your Orientation session. That's where you'll meet with advisers and register for classes.
  • Don't forget to send us your updated transcripts if you decide to take some more classes at your transferring institution. We want to make sure you get credit!

International and Canadian students

In addition to the appropriate information above, be sure you've been in contact with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). You must complete a check-in process with OISS before you start classes. They'll make sure all of your visa paperwork is complete and help you make a successful start here at Wayne State.