Why is TOP necessary?

At SVSU, we feel it is important for students to become familiar with academic requirements, important deadlines, and the University calendar. We also want to help students find their way around campus and introduce them to academic support services and extracurricular opportunities. During orientation transfer students will complete mandatory placement testing requirements, review their transfer credit evaluation, receive academic advising, schedule classes, and have the opportunity to meet with financial aid advisors.

Is TOP mandatory?

Yes, attending a TOP is MANDATORY for all new transfer students.

When will I receive information about TOP?

After you have applied and been accepted to SVSU, you should receive a TOP invitation. Included will be information on the TOP program and detailed instructions on how to reserve your TOP date.

Will I get the TOP day I want?

TOP days are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. When students register for a TOP, they will select from the remaining available dates.

Is there an orientation session for my parents?

Due to the low number of parents interested in attending a parent orientation on transfer orientation dates SVSU does not offer a Parents Orientation Program on TOP dates. However, transfer parents are welcome to attend the brief welcome session and attend to any campus business or questions independently afterward while the student completes testing and advising.

How many students attend each TOP?

There are approximately 40-50 students per TOP session.

What accommodations are made for those with special needs?

If you will need services to fully participate in orientation such as large print, interpreting services, braille, extended time for placement testing, assistance filling out forms or assistance reading forms, please call the Admissions Office at 989.964.4202 or 1.800.968.9500 ext. 4202 or email orientation(at) . SVSU is committed to provide equal access to all university services, programs, and activities. See information on policies, procedures, resources, and forms available to current students .

Who can I contact for further information?

If you have any questions, please call the Admissions Office at 989.964.4202 or 1.800.968.9500 ext. 4202  or email orientation(at)