Orientation for Freshman Students

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We are very excited for you to start your academic career at Montana State University! Orientation is your introduction to academic and non-academic life at Montana State University. All new students are required to attend an Orientation session.

Students accepted for admission to MSU will receive Orientation materials at the following times:

  • Students admitted for Fall Semester-after March 1st
  • Students admitted for Spring Semester-after November 1st
  • Students admitted for Summer Session-after March 1st

Learn more:

Orientation Dates 2016

Spring  January 11-12
Summer Session May 16
June 27
Summer June 13-15*
June 27-29*
July 11-13*
August 24-26

*Students attending these sessions are REQUIRED to stay on campus for the duration of Orientation.

 

Orientation Registration Information

All new students are required to attend an Orientation, except for students registering for summer courses. Please see below for more information.

Starting school in the fall?

Freshmen who will be starting school fall semester will need to register for one of the three summer Orientations (June or July) or the fall Orientation(August).

  • Students attending the June or July Orientation are required to stay on campus and pay a $130 non-refundable meals and lodging fee.
  • Students attending the August Orientation will move directly into their housing accommodations for the fall semester upon arrival to campus, so there is no meal and lodging fee associated with this Orientation.

You will be able to register for Orientation online through your Admissions Checklist in early March. In order to register, go to www.montana.edu/myinfo, then 'Enter Secure Area' with your Student ID number and password, then click on 'Admissions Checklist'. For detailed instructions on logging into My Info go to www.montana.edu/admissions/myinfo.shtml.

Starting school in the spring?

Freshmen who will be starting school spring semester, will need to register for Orientation to be advised for spring semester classes. Information regarding spring Orientation will be sent to you in early November.

Starting school in the summer?

Freshmen that start school during a summer session will not need to attend an Orientation for summer school. Students will be mailed information on course registration. *Please note that freshmen taking summer courses will still need to register for an Orientation during June, July or August to register for fall courses.

All new freshmen pay a one-time New Student Fee of $65. This fee is included on the fee statement of the first semester in which a student attends MSU.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Orientation Office at (406) 994-2827, toll-free at (888) MSU-CATS or via email at orientation@montana.edu.

 

Tentative Orientation Schedules

June & July Orientation

Monday

8:30am-12:15pm Placement Testing
9:00 - 11:00am Check-in
8:30am-12:30pm Campus Tours (leaving every 30 minutes)
12:00pm-1:30pm Meet your Orientation Leader & Lunch
1:45-2:30pm Orientation Welcome
2:45-3:30pm Student Success & Life at MSU
3:45-5:00pm Residence Life/Living on Campus
5:10-6:00pm Honors College
5:10-6:00pm Financial Aid/Fee Payment
5:30-6:30pm Dinner
6:45-11:30pm Evening Activities & Entertainment

Tuesday

7:00am Breakfast
8:00-9:00am Advising Session 1: Introduction to Academics
9:15-10:45am Advising Session 2: Tips & Tools
11:00am-12:30pm College Expectations
12:30-1:15pm Lunch
1:30-1:50pm Department Head Meetings
2:00-4:30pm Advising Session 3: Course Selection
4:00-5:00pm Finalize Your Orientation Checklist
4:30-5:30pm Information Fair
5:30-6:00pm Information Sessions: Honors College, Disability Services, Veteran Services, Career Pathways, Diversity Awareness & Athletics
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
7:15-9:30pm CatCourse & DegreeWorks Review
9:30-11:00pm Evening Activities & Entertainment
   

Wednesday

7:00am Breakfast
8:00-11:00am Exit Meeting with Orientation Leader
8:00am-1:00pm Course Registration

August Orientation

Wednesday

10:00-2:30pm Placement Testing
12:00-1:45pm Check-in for students last names A-K in the Strand Union Building
1:45-3:30pm  Check-in for students last names L-Z in the Strand Union Building
3:45-4:30pm Orientation Welcome
4:30-5:15pm Dean of Students
5:30-7:00pm Welcome BBQ for Students & Families
8:00-10:00pm Evening Activities

Thursday

8:00-9:00am Advising Session 1: Introduction to Academics
9:15-10:45am Advising Session 2: Tips & Tools
11:00-12:30pm College Expectations
12:30-1:15pm Lunch
1:30-1:50pm Department Head Meetings
2:00-4:30pm Advising Session 3: Pick Your Classes
4:30-5:00pm Finalize Your Checklist
4:30-5:30pm Information Fair
5:30-6:15pm Information Sessions: Honors College, Disability Services, Career Pathways, Diversity Awareness & Athletics
 6:15-7:15pm Financial Education  

Friday

9:30am-4:00pm Course Registration
9:30am-4:00pm Placement Testing
   

Spring Orientation

Monday

8:00–8:45am Check-in
8:10–8:20am Campus Tours Departing every 5 minutes
9:00am Welcome to MSU and Program Overview
9:30–11:30am Registration Meeting
12:00pm Writing Survey
12:00–2:00pm Math Placement Exam
2:00pm Assistant Dean Meetings
3:00pm Academic Department Meeting
4:00pm Group Scheduling
   

Tuesday

8:00–10:00am Course Registration