Montana State University

Orientation Information & Dates for Parents and Families

Students move in on campus

Concurrent with the Summer and Fall Freshmen Orientation Programs is a special program for parents and families designed to acquaint you with MSU and its programs, facilities and services.

 

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

There is a $40 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.

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

 

Tentative Orientation Schedules

June & July Orientation Program Schedule (View August)

Monday

9:30 - 11:00 am Check-in
11:00 am Presentations on ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program, ASMSU and the Office of Activities and Engagement, Study Abroad and tours of the fitness facility, the library and the Museum of the Rockies
12:00 pm Museum of the Rockies Tour
1:30 pm Parent/Family Welcome
2:15 pm Student Welcome
3:00 pm Assistant Dean Meetings
4:15 pm Walking Tour of Campus/University Honros program/Jobs and Career/Info Sessions
5:00 pm Dinner - Miller Dining Hall ($8.75) or on your own
   

Tuesday

7:00 am Breakfast - Miller Dining Hall ($6.75) or on your own
8-8:30 am What to Expect: The College Years
8:30 am Financial Aid Information Session
9:00 am Fee Payment Information Session
9:45 am Academic Department Meetings
11:00 am The Nitty Gritty of College Life
Your chance to find out what MSU is like from a current student's perspective.
11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch - Miller Dining Hall ($7.75) or on your own
12:05 pm Cat Card information Session
1:00 pm Student Health Services Information Session
1:45 pm What MSU is Doing to Help Your Student Succeed
Making the transition from high school to university can be very difficult. Come learn about the transition process (for your students and YOU), including services and support available to make the first year (and beyond) a rewarding experience.
2:15 pm Campus Resources for Safety
MSU offers many services to ensure your student has a safe and healthy MSU experience.
3:00 pm MSU Bookstore information Session
3:30 pm Residence Halls - An Educational Experience
Slide Show and residence hall tours.
5:00 pm Dinner - Miller Dining Hall ($8.75) or on your own
6:15 pm College Debt: What Can Your Family Afford
6:15 pm Student Athlete Information Session
6:30 pm Choose from the Following: Fraternity/Sorority Community Info Session, ROTC Info Session, Disabillity Services Info Session
7:30 pm Parent and Family Reception

   

Wednesday

8:00 am Parent/Family Breakfast - Our treat! (Advice from Freshman Orientation Staff)
9:00 am Information Fair
This is your opportunity to check out some of MSU's great clubs, groups, organizations and services.
   

August Orientation Program Schedule (View June & July)

Wednesday

10:00 am - 2:00 pm Check-in outside south entrance of the Strand Union Building.
10:00 - 11:30 am
Noon - 1:30pm
Campus Tours Departing every 10 minutes.
11:00 am
1:00 pm
Museum of the Rockies Tour
11:00 am
1:00 pm
Facility Tours and Information Sessions
12:15 pm Student Welcome (for student last names A-K)
1:00 pm Parent/Family Welcome (for student last names A-K)
1:30 pm Assistant Dean Meetings (for student last names A-K)
2:15 pm Student Welcome (for student last names L-Z)
3:00 pm Parent/Family Welcome (for student last names L-Z)
3:30 pm Assistant Dean Meetings (for student last names L-Z)
4:45 pm Student Health Services Information Session
4:45 pm Honors Program and Jobs and Careers Information Sessions
4:45 pm Jobs and Careers Information Session
5:30 pm Welcome Picnic - (Available for purchase)
6:30 pm What to Expect: The College Years
A guide to parenting your college student.
8:15 pm Parent and Family Reception
   

Thursday

8:30 am MSU Libraries Information Session
8:45 am MSU Bookstore Information Session
9:00 am What MSU is Doing to Help Your Student Succeed
9:45 am Academic Department Meetings
10:45 am The Nitty Gritty of College Life
Your chance to find out what MSU is like from a current student's perspective.
11:30 pm Lunch - on your own
1:00 pm Financial Aid
1:30 pm Fee Payment Information Session
2:00 pm Cat Card Information Session
Everything you've ever wanted to know about the MSU Student ID!
2:15 pm Academics: What Your Student Needs to Succeed
2:45 pm Campus Resources For Safety Information Session
4:00 pm Residence Halls - An Educational Experience
Your student's life on campus. Slide show and residence hall tours.
5:00 pm MSU Fraternity/Sorority Information Session
5:00 pm Air Force ROTC Information Session
5:00 pm Army ROTC Information Session
6:30 pm College Debt: What can your family afford
6:30 pm Disability Services Information Session
6:30 pm Veteran's Information Session
6:30 pm Student Athlete Information Session
   

Friday

9:00 am Parent/Family Breakfast - Our treat! (Advice from Freshman Orientation Staff)
   

Questions or Additional Help?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Orientation Office: orientation@montana.edu (406) 994-2827 (888) 678-2287 (toll free)

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