The start of the fall semester is an exciting time at Wayne State University. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 28 — make a plan now to start the semester off on the right foot!
1. Register for classes
The registration portal is now open, with a mix of class formats available. Detailed information, including instructions, a class search and academic planning tools, are available on the registrar's website.
Your specific school or college may have further guidelines and procedures to follow, so be sure to check their website and your email for updates.
2. Plan to Get Involved
Be sure to mark your calendar for Fall Opening the week of Aug. 21, where a full slate of activities will help you connect with other students and prepare for the semester. Visit the Dean of Students Office website for an up-to-date student activities calendar, student organization membership information and more.
3. Get your textbooks
When possible, buying or renting your textbooks ahead of time allows you to familiarize yourself with the material before the first day of class. Check online to see if your instructor has posted the course syllabus, then shop for class requirements at the Wayne State Bookstore in person or online.
3. Know how to get help with classes
Take time to drop in on your instructors during their office hours, which are usually listed on the class syllabus, to discuss course expectations, ask questions, get feedback, and make connections that could pay off when it’s time for internship referrals and job recommendations. Most students meet their academic advisor and register for classes during orientation, but it’s equally important to stay in touch every semester. Wayne State’s advising experts are your resource for questions about classes, keeping on track for a timely graduation and more. Schedule an advising appointment online.
There are also many free resources available to help students along the way:
- The Academic Success Center offers peer-assisted learning and tutoring, workshops and more.
- Learn Anywhere has tips for being a successful learner in any course format.
- Learning Communities are linked to specific courses that allow you to study, problem-solve, and socialize in small groups of instructors and peers.
- The University Library System offers 24/7 librarian support, citation style guides, and more.
- Technology support and services are available through the C&IT Help Desk. Call, email or stop in for one-on-one help with any WSU IT systems.
6. Take care of your health
Wayne State has a vast network of resources for students’ well-being, including:
- The Campus Health Center for routine, preventative and illness health care services, including vaccines, flu shots, STI testing and more.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for free mental health services.
- The Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center offers cardio and strength-training equipment, an indoor track, a rock-climbing wall, basketball courts, team sports and more.
- The W Food Pantry and Thrift Shop for nonperishable food, toiletries and feminine hygiene items. The Thrift Shop provides gently used garments to any enrolled student free of charge and includes casual and professional options.
7. Connect with the Office of Student Financial Aid/Student Service Center
8. Plan for parking, dining and transit
Fall parking passes are available for students — check the Parking website for information regarding current rates. Fall meal plans are also now available. Wayne State subsidizes four-hour Dart and annual MoGo passes for all students and employees, allowing them to ride DDOT and SMART buses, the QLine streetcar and MoGo bikes for free. Learn more and sign up for free passes at go.wayne.edu/WayneRides.
9. Keep your OneCard handy
Your OneCard will help with verification and building access, as needed on campus. If you need a replacement or new card, visit the OneCard website. WSU has partnered with over 100 local businesses to offer discounts and perks at restaurants, shops and entertainment venues through the Show Your OneCard and Save program.
10. Stay in the know
Wayne State’s free mobile app provides quick access to resources, including your class schedule, grades, the campus map, daily campus dining menus and more. Check your WSU email for the latest information — and follow Wayne State and your school or college on social media.