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

Spring  January 12-13
Summer Session May 18
June 29
Summer 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.

 

Orientation Registration Information

All new students are required to attend an Orientation Session, 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 Orientation Programs (June or July) or the fall Orientation Program (August).

  • Students attending the June or July Orientation programs are required to stay on campus and pay a non-refundable $100 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 and click on 'My Info', 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 Schedules

June & July (View Spring or August)

Monday

9:30 - 11am Check-in
11am 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
12-12:45pm Lunch
12:45-2:15pm "What's Up" Meet your Orientation Leader
2:15pm Welcome
3:00pm Assistant Dean Meetings
4:15pm

Special Interest Sessions:

  • Financial Aid
  • Honors College
  • Jobs and Careers
  • Writing Survey
5:15pm Dinner
6:30pm Registration Meeting
8:45pm Residence Life/Hall Tours
10:30pm Evening Entertainment
   

Tuesday

7:00am Breakfast
8:15am Academic Department Meeting
9:30am College Expectations Session
11:00am Math Placement Exam
11:30am Lunch
1:15pm Group Scheduling
4:00pm Advisor Meetings
5:00pm Dinner
6:00pm Honors College Pre-Registration meeting
6:00pm Air Force ROTC Information Session
6:00pm Army ROTC Information Session
6:15pm Student Athlete Information Session
6:30pm

Information Sessions:

  • Greek Life (Fraternity and Sorority Life)
  • Disability Services
  • Veteran Services
  • Pre-Law
7:15pm "Life Choices" Play
9:30pm MSU LIVE
   

Wednesday

7:00am Breakfast - Miller Dining Hall
8:15am Exit Meeting with Orientation Leader
9:00am Information Fair - This is your opportunity to check out some of MSU's great clubs, groups, organizations and services.
9:00-11:00am Course Registration
   

August (View June & July or Spring)

Wednesday

10:00am - Noon Check-in for student last names A-K in the Strand Union Building Procrastinator Theater Lobby.
Noon-2:00pm Check-in for student last names L-Z in the Strand Union Building Procrastinator Theater Lobby.

Parent check-in is from 10:00am-2:00pm outside south entrance of the Strand Union Building.

10:00-11:30am  Campus Tours Departing every 10 minutes.
11:00am
1:00pm
Museum of the Rockies Tour
11:00am
1:00pm
Facility Tours and Information Sessions
12:15pm Student Welcome (for student last names A-K)
1:00pm Introductory Meeting with Orientation Leader (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 Introductory Meeting with Orientation Leader (for student last names L-Z)
3:30pm Assistant Dean Meetings (for student last names L-Z)
4:45pm

Special Interest Sessions:

  • Financial Aid
  • Honors College
  • Jobs and Careers - there is a difference!
  • Writing Survey
5:30pm Welcome Picnic
7:00-9:00pm Registration Meeting
   

Thursday

8:15am Academic Department Meeting
9:30am College Expectations Session
9:20 or 11:00am Math Placement Exam
1:00pm Group Scheduling
4:00pm Advisor Meetings
5:00pm

Information Sessions:

  • Greek Life (Fraternity and Sorority Life)
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Army ROTC
  • Student Athlete
6:15pm

Honors College

6:30pm

Information Sessions:

  • Disability Services
  • Veteran Services
  • Pre-Law
   

Friday

8:00am-Noon Advising (For students who need additional help)
8:30am-4:00pm Course Registration
   

Spring (View June & July or August)

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