Soon you'll be at MSU!

We're looking forward to welcoming you soon at MSU. Before you come there are some important steps to take for a smooth transition.

Important dates

Spring 2016 International Student Orientation (MANDATORY - MUST ATTEND) Friday, January 8th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Ballrooms B & C in Strand Union Building)

8:30am  Check-in in Ballrooms B & C, Strand Union - breakfast provided
Noon Lunch in Strand Union – Union Market, courtesy of OIP

International Student Orientation will continue throughout the day until approximately 4 pm.

Detailed schedules will be given to each student on Orientation Day.

Orientation programming for new students at the A.C.E. Language Institute, for new undergraduate and graduate students will continue throughout the week.

Classes begin on Wednesday, January 13th.

See you at orientation!

Things to do before coming to MSU

  • Confirmation  
  • Airport Pick-up  
  • Housing  
  • Health Matters

1. Confirm your attendance

MSU does not require a deposit but by courtesy, please fill out the confirmation form whether you're attending MSU or not. We would greatly appreciate it.

2. Request an airport pick-up

Once you have your flight itinerary, please fill out the Airport Pick-Up Request Form. We will arrange for a representative from our office to greet you at the airport. Please make sure to reserve a plane ticket all the way to Bozeman (BZN). This service is free.

NOTE: We can only guarantee airport pick- up to students who send their arrival information at least one week prior to arrival. If you have not sent your information in advance, or if your flight is delayed, you may need to call a taxi to transport you. The taxi can be called upon your arrival at the airport at 406-388-9999. 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 to 5pm weekdays. If you plan to live off-campus, you will need to stay in a local hotel until you find an apartment. Please refer to your welcome booklet for suggested hotels. Those nearest to campus are the Lewis & Clark Motel on Main Street and the Royal 7 Motel on North 7th Ave.

3. Apply for housing

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 aren't a freshman and if you're interested in off-campus housing options, we'd suggest you arrive at least 2 weeks before orientation.

4. Health Records

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/Registration as possible.

Required immunizations include two (2) MMRs (measles, mumps, rubella) and completion of MSU’s Tuberculosis Screening Form.  Forms for reporting this information can be found online at