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Students at orientation.


Resident Students

Students who are planning to live on campus during the school year will check-in for PTV during their assigned move-in time. Move-in details have been mailed separately.

Commuter Students

Students who are planning to commute to campus during the school year will check-in for PTV between 2-3:30 p.m. and will remain on campus for the day to participate in the scheduled activities. Check-in will be located in the Student Center on the McNichols Campus.

Housing for Commuter Students

A limited number of residence hall rooms are available for commuter students who are interested in staying on campus during PTV (at no extra charge). For questions or to reserve temporary housing for PTV week, contact the Office of Residence Life at or 313-993-1230. Students granted temporary housing will check-in at Shiple Hall between noon-2 p.m.

Packing List/Suggested Attire

  • Sleeping bag/bedding
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Bathrobe (optional)
  • Shower shoes/flip flops
  • Personal toiletries
  • Casual attire including gym and service project clothes (see below)
  • Business casual attire for closing ceremony
  • Alarm clock
  • Small fan

Service Project

As a part of the PTV program, students will have a chance to personally become a part of the Detroit Mercy Mission by spending one morning doing service at a social service agency that is doing positive things in Detroit. Because the work often involves gardening, clean-up work or even painting, students need to wear clothes that can get dirty. Students may NOT wear open-toed shoes, sandals or flip-flops. Gym shoes or casual shoes work very well. Finally, some of the sites do not allow tank-tops, so please bring a shirt to wear that has sleeves.

First-Year Convocation

At the end of PTV, students will take part in the First-Year Convocation. This event formally marks the beginning of the college experiences and officially welcomes the freshman class to Detroit Mercy. Students should plan to wear business casual attire to First-Year Convocation.

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