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, do not need to register for Orientation. Information regarding spring Orientation will be sent to you prior to the start of the spring semester.

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 - 11 am Check-in
11 am 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
2:15 pm Welcome
3:00 pm Assistant Dean Meetings
4:15 pm Special Interest Sessions:
  • Financial Aid
  • Honors Program
  • Jobs and Careers
  • Writing Survey
5:30 pm Dinner - Miller Dining Hall
6:30 pm Registration Meeting
8:45 pm Residence Life/Hall Tours
10:30 pm Evening Entertainment
   

Tuesday

7:00 am Breakfast - Miller Dining Hall
8:15 am Academic Department Meeting
9:30 am College Expectations Session
11:00 am Math Placement Exam
12:00 pm Lunch - Miller Dining Hall
1:00 pm Group Scheduling
4:00 pm Advisor Meetings
5:00 pm Dinner - Miller Dining Hall
6:15 pm Student Athlete Information Session
6:15 pm Honors Pre-Registration meeting
6:15 pm Army and Airforce ROTC Info Session
6:30 pm Fraternity/Sorority Community Info Session
6:30 pm Disability Services Info Session
6:30 pm Veterans Info Session
7:15 pm Issues Play
9:30 pm MSU LIVE
   

Wednesday

7:00 am Breakfast - Miller Dining Hall
8:00 am Exit Meeting with Orientation Leader
9:00 am Information Fair - This is your opportunity to check out some of MSU's great clubs, groups, organizations and services.
9:00 am - 1:00pm Course Registration
   

August (View June & July or Spring)

Wednesday

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

10:00-11:30 am
Noon - 1:30 pm
Campus Tours Departing every 10 minutes.
11:00 am
1:00 pm
Museum of the Rockies Tour
11:00 am
1:00 pm
Facility Tours and Information Sessions
12:15 pm Student Welcome (for student last names A-K)
1:00 pm Introductory Meeting with Orientation Leader (for student last names A-K)
1:30 pm Assistant Dean Meetings (for student last names A-K)
2:15 pm Student Welcome (for student last names L-Z)
3:00 pm Introductory Meeting with Orientation Leader (for student last names L-Z)
3:30 pm Assistant Dean Meetings (for student last names L-Z)
4:45 pm Special Interest Sessions:
  • Financial Aid
  • Honors Program
  • Jobs and Careers - There is a Difference
  • Writing Survey
5:30 pm Welcome Picnic
7:00 - 9:00 pm Registration Meeting
   

Thursday

8:15 am Academic Department Meeting
9:30 am College Expectations Session
11:00 am Math Placement Exam
1:00 pm Group Scheduling
4:00 pm Advisor Meetings
5:00 pm Greek Life Info Session
5:00 pm Army and Air force ROTC Info Session
6:30 pm Information Sessions:
  • Disability Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Student Athletes
   

Friday

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

Spring (View June & July or August)

Monday

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

Tuesday

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Course Registration