August 18, 2023

Tips to prepare for a successful semester

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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:

6. Take care of your health

Wayne State has a vast network of resources for students’ well-being, including:

7. Connect with the Office of Student Financial Aid/Student Service Center

Avoid the beginning of the semester rush and check in with the Office of Student Financial Aid or Student Service Center with any questions or concerns now!

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

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.

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