Welcome to the Bobcat Family!

Orientation registration for new students attending MSU in the fall of 2020 is now open. Please read the information below for more information on the program, including how to register.

We are very excited for you to start your academic career at Montana State University! Orientation/Class Registration is your introduction to academic and non-academic life at Montana State University. All new students are required to attend an Orientation/Class Registration session. Through our online program, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Register for fall semester courses
  • Connect with your Academic Advisor
  • Engage with MSU course planning and class registration systems
  • Learn how to use University services and resources

Click or tap on one of the options listed below to learn more.


Sessions & General Information

Explore session options and general program information.

Orientation Registration Info

Learn how to register for an Orientation session.

Specialized Orientation Sessions

Discover information about veteran and non-traditional student programs.


Parent & Family Information

Explore what resources MSU can offer parents of new Bobcats.

Next Steps for Students

Learn what to do after you register for Orientation.

Additional Information

Discover information on placement, immunizations, and more.

Sessions & General Information

Our Orientation programs are currently in the process of transitioning toward an online delivery format for the summer of 2020. We will be posting information and updates here as they become available. Please check this page regularly throughout the spring for more information.

Fall 2020

All incoming freshman are required to participate in one of our Orientation/Class Registration sessions. During Orientation, students will register for their fall 2020 semester courses. We strongly encourage you to participate in a June or July Orientation/Class Registration session, allowing you to get registered for classes well before the fall semester begins. 

Available sessions:

  • FULL - Session #1: June 3-12
  • FULL - Session #2: June 17-26
  • FULL - Session #3: July 1-10
  • Session #4: July 22-August 7*
    *two weeks to provide additional time for academic advising

In an effort to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, MSU has canceled our in-person summer sessions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of our in-person Orientation/Class Registration, we will be transitioning to an online Orientation/Class Registration program.

Orientation/Class Registration will be hosted on MSU's virtual learning platform, Brightspace LE (D2L), and is organized into six modules that allow students to progress through online content at their own pace. Through learning experiences, live webinars, and interactive discussion panels with our Orientation Leaders, incoming students will have an opportunity to complete the modules listed below. 

  • Module 1 - Welcome to Orientation: The ins-and-outs of our online session.
  • Module 2 - Academics 101: Understand the structure of your degree programs.
  • Module 3 - Academics 102: Learn how to utilize MSU technology to register for courses.
  • Module 4 - Paying for School: Understand how to confirm your bill.
  • Module 5 - Academic Advising: Learn about Academic Advising at MSU.
  • Advising Appointment: Connect with an Academic Advisor in your area of study. Students will not be able to schedule an appointment with their Academic Advisor until they complete Modules 1-5.
  • Module 6 - Next Steps in Becoming a Bobcat: Connect with resources and support services.

We will send detailed instructions and a tutorial about how to log in to Brightspace LE (D2L) on the Monday before a student's registered Orientation/Class Registration session. Students will be able to view the course and access course content on the start date of their registered Orientation/Class Registration session.

Please see our Orientation/Class Registration Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Summer 2020

Freshmen that start school during a summer session will not need to attend an Orientation to register for summer courses. *Please note that freshmen starting in the summer and intending to continue in the fall will need to complete a formal online Orientation during June, July or August before registering for fall courses.

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.

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Orientation Registration Information

All new students are required to attend an Orientation before they can register for classes. For students starting in the summer, please see the "Summer 2020" in the section above.

To register for Orientation, click the Register Now button below. This will take you to a page which provides instructions on how to access your MyInfo student portal and register for Orientation.



Orientation registration for new students attending MSU in the fall of 2020 is now open.

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Specialized Orientations

Veteran Orientation

Register for Veteran Orientation through your Undergraduate Admissions Checklist on MyInfo. Contact the Veteran Support Center at (406) 994-3661 or vets@montana.edu for more information.

Non-Traditional Student Orientation/Class Registration

The Non-Traditional Student Orientation/Class Registration Program 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. The Non-Traditional Student Orientation/Class Registration Program for students starting in fall 2020 will take place online from July 1-10, 2020.


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Next Steps for Future Bobcats

Follow these steps, in addition to completing each item on your Undergraduate Admissions Checklist, to prepare for the start of school in August.

  1. Register for Freshman Orientation/Class Registration.
  2. Secure housing for the fall semester by submitting a housing application. Find the housing application online at the Residence Life Housing Portal. For any questions regarding housing, please contact Residence Life at reslife@montana.edu.
  3. Submit Immunization Records. See “Additional Information” for further instructions.
  4. Upon high school graduation, request all final, official high school and/or college transcripts, along with official AP/IB scores, be sent to MSU. Transcripts can be sent by mail to MSU Admissions Office, P.O. Box 172190, Bozeman, MT 59717, or by secure electronic delivery service such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse or Credential Solutions to msuadmissionstranscript@sympa.montana.edu.
  5. Visit the Parking Services webpage for information on university parking. For questions regarding parking accommodations, please contact Parking Services at parkingservices@montana.edu.
  6. Submit your Cat Card photo by downloading the GET Mobile app and following the instructions on the CatCard website. For questions regarding CatCards, please contact MSU CatCard at (406) 994-2273.
  7. Pay your first semester bill. Your fall semester bill will be created on or after July 15th, once you have completed Orientation/Class Registration. To view your Student Accounts bill, log in to MyInfo and select “Electronic Billing and Payment.” For questions regarding your bill, please contact Student Accounts at (406) 994-1991.

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Additional Information

Placement Process

At Montana State University, we use ACT/SAT and/or college-level credit to place students into appropriate Math and Writing courses. Be sure that you have submitted any and all placement materials (ACT, SAT, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment transcripts, etc.) to the Office of Admissions prior to your Orientation/Class Registration session to make sure that the courses you are placed into reflect your abilities and will keep you on the right track toward graduation.


Students cannot register for classes until all MSU immunization requirements are met. For more information on these requirements, please contact University Health Partners Medical Services or visit the FAQ guide.

Tel: (406) 994-2311 • Fax: (406) 994-2504 • Email: immune@montana.edu

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services strives to provide access to all college programs, services, activities and facilities for students with disabilities. This includes encouraging self-advocacy for students and connecting them with resources and support services across campus to help them achieve their personal best. If you would like further information on the Office of Disability Services and the resources and services they provide, please visit the Office of Disability Services website.


Visit the Parking Services webpage for information on university parking. For questions regarding parking accommodations, please contact Parking Services at parkingservices@montana.edu.


Questions? We're here to help.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! You can email our staff at orientation@montana.edu, or call us Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm MT at 1-888-MSU-CATS.