Welcome to the Bobcat Family

Concurrent with the Summer and Fall Freshmen Orientations is a special program for parents and families designed to acquaint you with MSU and its programs, facilities and services. Enjoy this opportunity to learn about everything Montana State University can offer your new Bobcat!

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Orientation Dates

Parent Registration Info

Parent Session Schedules

Parent & Family Program

 


Orientation Session Dates

Spring 2020

  • Jaunary 9-10, 2020

Fall 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.

Registration Information

The program includes:

  • A variety of sessions with University staff and faculty members
  • A session with the Assistant Dean of your student's academic college
  • Informal discussions with Student Orientation Leaders
  • Sessions detailing resources available for your student's success
  • Social evening with other Bobcat parents and MSU staff
  • A parent and family brunch connecting you with other parents and MSU administrators

There is a $50 program fee per family (which does not include meals or lodging). Information about the Parent/Family program will be included with the Orientation materials your student will receive.

Parents interested in attending the Parent/Family Orientation can register along with their student online. If your student has already registered and you would like to register later, please contact the Orientation Office at (406) 994-2827 or orientation@montana.edu.

Schedule subject to change. A final schedule of events will be given at check-in.



Tentative Parent Orientation Schedules

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.

All sessions included in the parent Orientation program are optional. Students are required to attend all of the sessions listed in their schedule.

June & July Orientation

August Orientation

 

June & July Parent Orientation Program Schedule

Monday

9:00-11:00am Check-in at the Strand Union Building
9:00-10:30am Campus Tours (departing every 30 minutes)
9:30-10:30am Honors College Information Session
10:30-11:00am

Pre-Vet Information Session

Pre-Health Professions Advising at MSU

11:00am-2:00pm Lunch on Your Own - Strand Union Building or Miller Dining Commons ($10)
12:15-12:30pm Parent/Family Welcome
12:30-1:15pm Dean of Students
1:30-2:00pm Orientation Welcome
2:10-3:00pm Living on Campus
3:00-3:30pm Family Q & A with ResLife Panel
3:30-4:30pm

Majors and Academic Advising at MSU

3:45-4:45pm

Health Services Information Session

5:15pm Parent/Family Reception - Light hour 'dourves and beverages.
6:15-7:00pm Dinner on Your Own - Miller Dining Commons ($11)

Tuesday

7:00-8:00am Breakfast on Your Own - Miller Dining Commons ($8)
10:15-11:30am Parent Academics 1: Meet Your Student's College Dean Q & A
11:45am-12:30pm Parents Academics 2: Registrar's Office Introduces Tools for Academic Success
11:30am-2:00pm Lunch on Your Own - Strand Union Building or Miller Dining Commons ($10)
1:00-4:00pm Write a Letter to Your Student
1:00-2:00pm Paying for School
2:05-2:25pm MSU Bookstore
2:30-2:50pm Cat Card: MSU Student ID
3:00-4:00pm Campus Resources for Safety
4:00-5:30pm Campus Information Fair
4:30-5:00pm Inclusion at MSU
4:30-5:00pm Disability Services
4:30-5:00pm Veteran Services: Required for Veterans and dependents of Veterans receiving GI Bill benefits
5:00-5:45pm Student Athletics: Required for incoming NCAA Athletes
5:00-7:00pm Dinner on Your Own - Miller Dining Commons ($11)
After 5:00pm Self-Guided Walking Tour of Bozeman or Open Gym Night

Wednesday

8:00-9:00am From Orientation to Graduation: MSU Support for Your Student
9:00-9:45am Academics: What Your Student Needs to Succeed
10:00-11:30am  Parent/Family Brunch - Included in Registration Cost
12:00pm Financial Education Workshop
12:00-3:00pm Residence Life Open House

 

August Parent Orientation Program Schedule

Wednesday

10:30am-3:00pm Orientation Check-in at the Strand Union Building
10:15am & 1:45pm Museum of the Rockies Tours (departing from the museum)
3:45-4:30pm Orientation Welcome
4:45-5:30pm Parent/Family Welcome
5:30-7:00pm Welcome Picnic for all Students, Families and Friends: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 12 and under
6:30-7:00pm  Honors College
8:30-10:00pm Office of Student Engagement Event

Thursday

7:00-8:00am Breakfast
8:00-9:30am Parent Academics 1: Meet Your Student's College Dean Q&A
9:45-10:30am Parents' Guide: Winding Road
11:05am-12:00pm Parent Academics 2: Preview the Advising Tools Your Student Will Use Everyday
11:00am-1:00pm Lunch on Your Own
1:00-2:00pm Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Advancement and Health Services
2:15-3:15pm Paying for School
3:00-3:30pm Fee Payment
3:15-3:45pm Cat Card: MSU Student ID
4:00-5:15pm Campus Resources for Safety
5:15-5:45pm Disability Services
5:15-5:45pm Veteran Services: Required for Veterans and dependents of Veterans receiving GI Bill benefits
5:15-5:45pm Pre-Vet Advising
5:15-5:45pm Office of Student Engagement
5:15-5:45pm Diversity and Inclusion
5:15-5:45pm Pre-Health Professions Advising at MSU
5:15-5:45pm ROTC
5:15-6:00pm Student Athletics: Required for incoming NCAA Athletes
7:30pm Freshman Convocation

Friday

8:00-8:45am From Orientation to Graduation: MSU Support for Your Student
9:00-9:45am Academics: What Your Student Needs to Succeed
10:00-11:30am Parent/Family Brunch
12:45pm Campus Tour
1:45-2:30pm Financial Education: Information for Navigating Student Loan Debt and Staying Financially Sound

2:30-3:00pm

Pre-Law Advising at MSU
 


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.