Orientation for Freshman Students
The safety of our students and families is MSU’s top priority. With the ever changing environment due to COVID-19, MSU is closely monitoring our new student programs including Orientation. Students are encouraged to register for Orientation now to save their place at MSU. In the event that we are no longer able to hold an in-person Orientation this summer, MSU will refund any fees that were paid for the room and board costs associated with the MSU summer Orientation programs. We hope this will provide a sense of security in deciding to register for the session of your choosing. To stay up-to-date on our virtual campus visit programs, and how our office is responding, please visit our COVID-19 resources page.
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 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 January 14th
- Students admitted for Spring Semester-after November 1st
- Students admitted for Summer Session-after January 14th
- January 9-10, 2020
- June 8-10, 2020*
- June 22-24, 2020*
- July 6-8, 2020*
- August 26-28, 2020
*Students attending these sessions are required to stay on campus for the duration of Orientation.
All new students are required to attend an Orientation before they can register for classes, except for students registering for summer courses. Please see below for more information.
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.
Parents are invited to participate in a separate but concurrent Parent Orientation program while their student independently completes their required Orientation program. These sessions are optional for paent and family members to attend, with more information available on the Parent & Family Orientation website.
Orientation registration for new students attending MSU in the fall of 2020 is now open.
For more information on your Orientation session, including a tentative schedule of events, please select the semester you plan to enroll at Montana State University.
All students attending a Freshman Summer Orientation Program (programs in June and July) are required to stay on campus. The Orientation Office will make arrangements for your housing for Monday and Tuesday evening. If you will be arriving early or staying late and need on-campus housing before Monday night or after Tuesday night, please make your reservations online through the on-campus housing website. Please remember that you only need to do this if you need housing before or after Orientation. The Orientation Office will take care of your reservations for Monday and Tuesday night during orientation.
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 Orientations are required to stay on campus, and pay a $175 non-refundable fee, a portion of which covers meals and lodging for the session.
If you will be arriving early or staying late and need on-campus housing before Monday night or after Tuesday night, please make your reservations online through the on-campus housing website. Please remember that you only need to do this if you need housing before or after Orientation.
- 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 spring. 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'.
Please note that sessions and timeslots listed below are subject to change. For a complete list of all programming, please refer to the official schedule provided at your Orientation session. A final, official copy will also be provided digitally prior to your Orientation session if you have registered.
Tentative Schedules, 2020
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.
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 email@example.com.
Contact the Veteran Support Center at (406) 994-3661 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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