Orientation for Parents and Families

Students move in on campus

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.


Orientation Dates 2015


June 8-10*

June 22-24*

July 13-15*

August 19-21

*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

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.

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)


9:00-11:00am Check-in
11:00am and 12:00pm Museum of the Rockies Tours
11:00am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-1:45pm Parent/Family Welcome
2:00-2:45pm Student Welcome
3:00-4:00pm Assistant Dean Meetings

Walking Tour of Campus

Information Sessions:

  • Honors College
  • Career Planning
5:00pm Dinner - Hannon or Harrison Dining Halls ($8.75) or on your own


7:00am Breakfast - Hannon or Harrison Dining Halls ($6.75) or on your own
8:00-8:45am Dean of Students
8:45-9:00am Cat Card
9:00-9:15am MSU Library
9:15-9:30am MSU Bookstore
9:45-10:45am Academic Department Meetings
11:00-11:30am "Nitty Gritty" Meet with Orientation Leaders and see the MSU student's perspective.
11:30-12:15pm Lunch - on your own
12:30-1:15pm Student Health Services
1:15-1:45pm Counseling and Psychological Services and Health Advancement
1:45-2:00pm Break- check out the MSU/Bozeman Community Fair
2:00-2:30pm Financial Aid
2:30-3:00pm Fee Payment
3:00-3:15pm Break- check out the MSU/Bozeman Community Fair
3:15-4:45pm Residence Life: Living on Campus

Information Sessions:

  • Disability Services
  • Veterans Services
  • College Debt
  • Pre-Law
  • Student Athletes
5:00-7:00pm Dinner- Harrison or Hannon Dining Halls ($8.75) or on your own
7:00-8:30pm Parent/Family Reception


8:00-8:45am Campus Resources for Safety
8:45-9:15am From Orientation to Graduation: MSU Support for Your Student
9:15-9:45am Academics: What Your Student Needs to Succeed
10:00-11:30am   Parent/Family Brunch

August Orientation Program Schedule (View June & July)


10:00am-2:00pm Check-in outside south entrance of the Strand Union Building.
10:00-11:30am Campus Tours Departing every 10 minutes.
Museum of the Rockies Tour
Facility Tours and Information Sessions
12:15pm Student Welcome (for student last names A-K)
1:00pm Parent/Family Welcome (for student last names A-K)
1:30pm Assistant Dean Meetings (for student last names A-K)
2:15pm Student Welcome (for student last names L-Z)
3:00pm Parent/Family Welcome (for student last names L-Z)
3:30pm Assistant Dean Meetings (for student last names L-Z)
4:45pm Student Health Services Information Session
4:45pm Honors College Information Session
5:30pm Welcome Picnic - (Available for purchase)
7:00pm Parent and Family Reception


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

Information Sessions:

  • Greek Life (Fraternity and Sorority Life)
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Army ROTC

Information Sessions:

  • College Debt: What can your family afford?
  • Disability Services
  • Veteran Services
  • Student Athletes
  • Pre-Law


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