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We are very excited for you to start your academic career at Montana State University! Orientation is your introduction to academic and non-academic life at Montana State University. All new students are required to attend an Orientation session.

Students accepted for admission to MSU will receive Orientation materials at the following times:

  • Students admitted for Fall Semester-after March 1st
  • Students admitted for Spring Semester-after November 1st
  • Students admitted for Summer Session-after March 1st

Learn more:

Orientation Dates 2017

Spring  January 9-10
Summer Session May 15
June 26
Summer June 12-14*
June 26-28*
July 10-12*
August 23-25

*Students attending these sessions are REQUIRED to stay on campus for the duration of Orientation.


Orientation Registration Information

All new students are required to attend an Orientation, except for students registering for summer courses. Please see below for more information.

Starting school in the fall?

Freshmen who will be starting school fall semester will need to register for one of the three summer Orientations (June or July) or the fall Orientation (August).

  • Students attending the June or July Orientation are required to stay on campus and pay a $135 non-refundable meals and lodging fee.
  • Students attending the August Orientation will move directly into their housing accommodations for the fall semester upon arrival to campus. There is no meal and lodging fee associated with this Orientation.

You will be able to register for Orientation online through your Admissions Checklist in early March. In order to register, go to www.montana.edu/myinfo, then 'Log into MyInfo' with your Student ID number and password, then click on 'Undergraduate Admissions Checklist'.

Starting school in the spring?

Freshmen starting school in the spring semester will need to register for Orientation to be advised for spring semester classes. Information regarding spring Orientation will be sent to you in early November.

Starting school in the summer?

Freshmen that start school during a summer session will not need to attend an Orientation for summer school. Students will be mailed information on course registration. *Please note that freshmen taking summer courses will still need to register for an Orientation during June, July or August to register for fall courses.

All new freshmen pay a one-time New Student Fee of $65. This fee is included on the fee statement of the first semester in which a student attends MSU.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Orientation Office at (406) 994-2827, toll-free at (888) MSU-CATS or via email at orientation@montana.edu.

Specialized Orientations

Veteran Orientation

Contact the Veteran Support Center at (406) 994-3661 or vets@montana.edu for information or to register.

Non-Traditional Student Orientation

The Non-Traditional Orientation is designed to meet the needs of incoming non-traditional aged students who are attending college for the first time. This program is by invitation only. Eligible students will be notified.


Tentative Orientation Schedules

June & July Orientation

Students are required to attend all Orientation meetings as directed by Student Orientation Leaders.


9:00-11:00am Orientation Check-in at the Strand Union Building
9:00-11:30am Math Placement Testing
8:30-11:30am Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement
8:30-11:00am Campus Tours (leaving every 30 minutes; last tour departs at 10:30am)
8:30-11:00am Library Self-Guided Tours
8:30-11:00am Fitness Center Tours
9:00am & 11:00am Museum of the Rockies Tour
10:00-10:45am Honors College
12:00-1:45pm Meet your Orientation Leader & Lunch
2:00-2:40pm Orientation Welcome
2:45-3:30pm Meet Your Dean of Students
3:30-5:00pm Residence Life/Living on Campus
5:10-6:00pm Financial Aid/Fee Payment
5:10-6:00pm Pre-Health Professions Advising
5:10-6:00pm Office of Activities and Engagement & Associated Students of MSU
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
6:45-7:45pm Root Beer Floats at the MSU Library
7:15-8:00pm ROTC
7:15-8:00pm Pre-Law Advising
7:15-8:00pm Pre-Vet Advising
7:15-8:00pm Outdoor Recreation
8:15-9:30pm The Price is Right: Financial Education Workshop
10:00pm Introduction to the MSU Fitness Center: Open Gym
10:00pm Orientation Information Tables- A place to stop by and ask questions.
10:30pm Late Night Movie
11:30pm Fraternity & Sorority Life


7:00-8:00am Breakfast
8:00-9:15am Academics 1: Introduction to Your MSU Degree
9:30-10:30am Academics 2: Registrar's Office Introduces You to the Tools You Need to Succeed!
10:30am-12:00pm College Expectations and Beyond: Shaping You Signature Student Experience
12:00-1:15pm Lunch
1:30-1:50pm Academic Department Head Meetings
2:00-4:30pm Academics 3: Meet with an Academic Advisor
3:00-5:30pm Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement
4:00-5:30pm Extravaganza Information Fair
4:30-5:00pm Disability Services
4:30-5:00pm Veterans Services
4:30-5:00pm Diversity & Inclusion
5:00-5:45pm Student Athlete Session: Required for incoming Division I student athletes.
5:00-5:45pm Honors Pre-Registration Session: Required for incoming Honors College students.
5:30-6:45pm Dinner with your Orientation Group
7:00-8:45pm Choices Play:Performed by Student Orientation Leaders
8:45-10:00pm Academics 4: Review and Schedule Preview
10:00pm  MSU Live in the SUB: Bowling, Billiards, Photo Booth, Bingo & a Movie in the Procrastinator Theater
10:00pm Orientation Information Tables: A place to stop by and ask questions.


7:00-8:00am Breakfast
8:00-8:45am Exit Meeting with Orientation Leader
9:00am-1:00pm Course Registration
9:00am-12:00pm Career Coaching and Academic Advising

August Orientation

Students are required to attend all Orientation meetings as directed by Student Orientation Leaders.


9:00am & 11:00am Museum of the Rockies Tour
11:00am-3:30pm Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement
12:00-3:00pm Math Placement Testing
12:00-3:00pm Campus Tours Departing Every Hour at 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm
12:00-3:00pm Check-in for Orientation at the Strand Union Ballrooms
3:45-4:30pm Orientation Welcome
4:45-5:30pm Dean of Students
5:30-7:00pm Welcome Picnic for all Students, Families & Friends: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 12 and under.
6:30-7:00pm Honors College
7:15-8:30pm Academics 1: Your Introduction to your MSU Degree
8:45-9:45pm The Price is Right: Information on money management and paying for college


8:00-9:30am College Expectations: Your Building Blocks to Success
9:30-10:30am Academics 2: Preview the Advising Tools You Will Use Everyday
10:45-11:05am Academic Department Head/Director Meetings
Following Morning Department Meetings Academics 3: Meet an Academic Advisor
5:15-5:45pm Disability Services
5:15-5:45pm Veterans Services
5:15-5:45pm Pre-Vet Advising
5:15-5:45pm Office of Student Engagement
5:15-5:45pm Diversity & Inclusion
5:15-5:45pm Pre-Health Professions Advising
5:15-5:45pm ROTC
5:15-6:00pm Student Athletics: Required for incoming NCAA athletes
5:15-6:00pm Honors Pre-Registration: Required for incoming Honors students
7:00pm Residence Life Community & Your Residence Hall Floor Activities


8:30am-3:00pm Career Coaching: Students can meet with a career coach to discuss professional pathways.
8:30am-3:00pm Course Registration
12:45pm Campus Tour
1:45-2:30pm Financial Education Workshop: Information for navigating student loan debt and staying financially sound
 2:45-3:30pm  Financial Aid & Fee Payment

Spring Orientation


8:00–8:45am Check-in
8:10–8:20am Campus Tours Departing every 5 minutes
9:00am Welcome to MSU and Program Overview
9:30–11:30am Registration Meeting
12:00pm Writing Survey
12:00–2:00pm Math Placement Exam
2:00pm Assistant Dean Meetings
3:00pm Academic Department Meeting
4:00pm Group Scheduling


8:00–10:00am Course Registration