Frequently Asked Questions
When will I receive orientation information?
Orientation information is mailed out beginning in February. Students admitted after February will receive orientation information within a few weeks of being admitted.
Do I have to go to orientation?
Yes, orientation is a required event that first-year students must attend.
What is the difference between my Admissions Officer and Academic Advisor?
An Admissions Officer helps you through the process of being admitted to Madonna University and is your first point of contact until you have made the decision to attend the university.
As a first-year student, you are assigned to an Academic Advisor from the Office of Academic Advising who will meet with you at some point during the two weeks prior to your New Student Orientation. This meeting is called your Pre-Orientation Advising Appointment. Your Academic Advisor will help you select courses for your first semester and answer any questions you have at that time. During your first semester at MU, you will be assigned to your permanent Academic Advisor (usually a faculty member in the major program you choose) and they assist you during the rest of your time at MU.
Why do I have to meet with an advisor before Orientation?
An Academic Advisor is very similar to a high school guidance counselor who helps students select your courses. At the college level, an Academic Advisor will help you to review your academic record and assist you with registration for your first semester courses at MU. They are also able to provide guidance and support so you are prepared for your first semester. All first-year students are required to meet with an Academic Advisor before attending the New Student Orientation to ensure students are registered for courses they need, to demystify the registration process, and alleviate any stress it may cause new students. This also provides the opportunity for you to receive individual attention from your advisor and have any questions answered prior to Orientation.
What if I can’t meet with my advisor before my chosen Orientation?
If you are unable to meet with an Academic Advisor in the two weeks prior to your Orientation, you need to sign up for a different Orientation date. The Pre-Orientation advising appointment is a very important part of your transition to Madonna University and it needs to occur before you attend Orientation. If you need to change your Orientation date, contact the Office of the First-Year Experience at 734-432-5417.
What should I wear to orientation?
Orientation is a casual event – no need to dress up! Please feel free to dress comfortably.
Can I bring parents or guests with me to orientation?
Yes! Parents and guests are encouraged to come with you to orientation. During orientation, there is specific programming for parents and guests so they can get their questions answered regarding you starting at Madonna University. Make sure when you RSVP for orientation, you include the number of guests that will be attending with you so we can plan accordingly.
Where can I stay overnight if I am coming to orientation from far away?
You have a few different choices for this. If you are interested in staying at the Residence Hall on campus, you may contact Tanisha McIntosh, Director of Residence Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-432-5755. If you are interested in staying in a hotel, there are many in the area.
When will I receive my financial aid award package?
The Office of Financial Aid is in the process of processing award packages. If you have a question about your Financial Aid status, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and let them know you are an incoming first-year student. Each student is assigned their own Financial Aid Officer to handle your case. Find out who your officer is by contacting the office at 734-432-5663 or email@example.com.
When do I pick my courses?
You will select your courses during your Pre-Orientation Advising appointment. This appointment will take place at some point during the two weeks prior to the New Student Orientation that you attend during the summer.
Don’t I need to hurry to pick my courses? Won’t they fill up?
No! As a first-year student, you will be part of a Collaborative Studies cluster of courses built specifically for first-year students. We work very hard to ensure there are enough choices for you that also make sense for your needs and goals. There will always been enough space for the number of first-year students we are accommodating.
How many courses should I take?
We recommend first-year students only take 13 to 15 s.h. (semester hours), which translates to about three to five courses. This may not seem like a lot, but college courses are different than high school classes; they meet for longer amounts of time and require significantly more work outside of class.
Do I have to get parking pass?
No! Parking is free at Madonna University!
How do I get information or questions I have about the Residence Hall answered?
Contact Tanisha McIntosh, Director of Residence Life, at 734-432-5755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I have a car on campus during my first year?
Yes, first-year students can have a car on campus – plus, parking is free!
When do I buy my books? How do I know what books to buy?
College is different from high school in the fact that you have to purchase your books for each course! You are able to purchase your books a few weeks before courses start. During the College Prep Days extended orientation program, we take you to the bookstore and help you navigate the process of purchasing your books. All you have to do is bring your schedule with you to the bookstore and the books are laid out in alphabetical order by subject. Professors provide the Bookstore with a list of books required for their courses so that information is available when you purchase your books.
What kind of computer should I have?
Technology Learning Services has a list of recommended specifications for student computers.
Do you have wireless internet on campus?
Wireless internet is available all over campus and in the Residence Hall. It can be accessed by logging in with the same information you use to log in to your student email (my.madonna.edu).
Who do I contact if I have other questions?
If you have any questions regarding any aspect of your first year at Madonna University, you can contact the Office of the First-Year Experience at 734-432-5417.