Orientation - Fall 2020

Fall 2020 New Student Orientation will be held online until August 7th. All International Students must  check in with the Office of International Programs and attend the Immigration session Tuesday, August 18th from 6 to 7:30 PM in Norm Asbjornson Hall Room 165. Orientation is mandatory for all students and the immigration session is required for all International Students that arrive on campus.  

First day of fall semester classes is Monday, August 17, 2020.


Montana State University requires all degree-seeking students to attend orientation. This year it is being offered online and make-up sessions will be offered in person if you do not complete orientation by August 7th. Orientation must be complete before students can register. Please visit the Orientation website for more information.                       

It is important that you apply for housing as soon as possible. If you are an undergraduate students, please apply on the Residence Life Office website. If you are graduate student, please apply on the Family & Graduate Housing website. Only freshmen are required to live in the dorms. If you are not a freshman and if you are interested in off-campus housing options, we suggest you arrive at least 2 weeks before orientation.

If you have reserved a room in the residence halls or wish to reserve one, you may report to the Residence Life Office in the Miller Complex on campus to get information on accommodations. This office is open from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

If you plan to live off-campus, you will need to stay in a local hotel until you find an apartment. You can find local accommodation by utilizing websites such as Kayak.com, Priceline.com, and Hotels.com, to name a few.

Once you have your flight itinerary, please fill out the Airport Pick-Up Request Form. We will arrange for a representative from MSU to greet you at the airport and assist in getting you on your shuttle to campus. Please make sure to reserve a plane ticket to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). This service is free.                        

You WILL NOT be allowed to register for classes until all MSU immunization requirements are met and the Student Health Service checks and clears your records. Therefore, it is critical that you take care of meeting these requirements and return the Montana State University Health History Form as far in advance of orientation and registration as possible.

Required immunizations include two (2) MMRs (measles, mumps, rubella) and completion of Montana State University’s Tuberculosis Screening Form. Forms for reporting this information can be found online at http://www.montana.edu/health/immunization.html