First-year students

Congratulations on your decision to attend Wayne State University and become part of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College. Now that your senior year of high school is coming to an end, many of you have started to look ahead to placement exams, New Student Orientation, and other important details to help you successfully make the transition from high school to college.

You may have received our Honors Orientation Freshman (PDF) guide in the mail. 

Honors Orientation

You will take part of New Student Orientation over the summer, where you will register for classes and get more information before starting your college career. While you will be a part of the regular orientation group for most of the day, there will be a special Honors Orientation session during the morning. You, along with other Honors students, will be given a brief presentation about the Honors College, University Honors and honors courses.

If you cannot attend orientation, you are still a part of the Honors College, but you will need to make sure you include HON 1000 in your fall schedule.

Registering for Honors sections

Each Honors section has a section number that begins with 5 (500, 501) and a gray bar identifying it as Honors.

As an Honors student, you will be able to register for an Honors section unless there is a Department Permission block on the course. If there is, you will need to contact that specific department to get permission to take the course.

If you try to register for an Honors class and receive an error message, send an email with your name, WSU AccessID and the five-digit course reference number to; your request will be handled or you will be referred to the department offering the class.

Useful websites

The following websites will be indispensable as you navigate Wayne State University.

  • University Housing As an incoming freshman, you may request to be grouped with other Honors students. Be sure to request an Honors floor on your application.
  • Honors Student Association (HSA) - The HSA was created to network Honors students from various academic disciplines across WSU. The organization also serves to provide Honors students with the opportunity to get involved in diverse social, academic and service activities.
  • Academics¬† Our catalog of courses and major requirements.
  • Schedule of Classes The times and days classes are offered as well as any notes or pre-requisites.
  • Academica Your portal to all things WSU, including registration and orientation.
  • University Advising Center (UAC) Chock full of academic goodness, this website has information about the University General Education Requirements and a Student Success Handbook that includes links to help you select a major.
  • Wayne State University's Home Page From here, you can click on Academic Programs and find links to all schools and colleges, then to the departments for information on their majors. You may even find majors you've never heard of or thought of.