Orientation for Parents and Families

Students move in on campus

Concurrent with the Summer and Fall Freshmen Orientations is a special program for parents and families designed to acquaint you with MSU and its programs, facilities and services.


Orientation Dates 2016


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.


Registration Information

The program includes:

  • A variety of sessions with University staff and faculty members
  • A session with the Assistant Dean of your student's academic college
  • Informal discussions with Student Orientation Leaders

There is a program fee per family (which does not include meals or lodging). Information about the Parent/Family program will be included with the Orientation materials your student will receive.

Schedule subject to change. A final schedule of events will be given at check-in.


Tentative Parent Orientation Schedules

June & July Parent Orientation Program Schedule


9:00-11:00am Check-in at the Strand Union Building
8:30am-12:30pm Campus Tours (leaving every 30 minutes)
8:30am-12:30pm Library Self-Guided Tours
8:30am-12:30pm Fitness Center Tours
9:00am & 11:00am Museum of the Rockies Tours
10:45-11:30am Honors College
11:00am-12:30pm Lunch
12:45-1:30pm Parent/Family Welcome
1:45-2:30pm Orientation Welcome
2:45-3:30pm Residence Life/Living on Campus
3:45-4:30pm Dean of Students
4:30-5:00pm Residence Hall Tours
5:10-6:00pm Pre-Health Professions Advising
5:00-7:00pm Dinner- On Your Own
7:00-8:30pm Parent/Family Reception
7:15-8:00pm ROTC
7:15-8:00pm Pre-Law Advising
7:15-8:00pm Pre-Vet Advising


7:00-8:00am Breakfast
8:00-8:45am Campus Resources for Safety
9:00-10:00am Health Services, Health Advancement and Counseling & Psychological Services
10:30-11:30am Parent Academics 1: Meet Your College Dean Q & A
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-2:00pm Parents Academics 2: Welcome to the Academy- Presented by the Registrar's Office
2:15-2:45pm Financial Aid Information Session
2:15-2:45pm Financial Education
3:00-3:30pm Fee Payment
3:45-4:00pm Cat Card
4:30-5:30pm Extravaganza Information Fair
4:30-5:00pm Disability Services
4:30-5:00pm Veteran Services
4:30-5:00pm Diversity & Inclusion
5:00-5:45pm Student Athlete Session- Required for incoming Division I athletes.
5:00-5:45pm Honors Pre-Registration Session- Required for incoming Honors students.
6:00-7:00pm Dinner


8:00-8:45am From Orientation to Graduation: MSU Support for Your Student
9:00-9:45am Academics: What Your Student Needs to Succeed
9:00am-1:00pm Career Coaching & Academic Advising
10:00-11:30am   Parent/Family Brunch
12:00pm Financial Education Workshop

August Parent Orientation Program Schedule


12:00-1:45pm Check-in for students last names A-K at the Strand Union Building
1:45-3:30pm Check-in for students last names L-Z at the Strand Union Building
3:45-4:30pm Orientation Welcome
4:45-5:30pm Parent/Family Welcome
5:30-7:00pm Welcome BBQ for Students and Families
7:00-9:00pm Parent/Family Social


8:00-9:00am Safety on Campus Panel
9:15-10:15am Counseling & Psychological Services and Health Advancement
10:30-11:30am Meet Your Student's College & Department for a Q & A Session
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-2:00pm Advising Information for Parents
2:15-2:45pm Financial Education 
3:00-3:30pm Fee Payment
3:45-4:30pm Student Health Service
4:30-5:30pm Information Fair
5:30-6:00pm Information Sessions: Honors College, Disability Services, Career Pathways, Diversity Awareness & Athletics


8:00-8:45am From Orientation to Graduation: MSU Support for Your Student
9:00-9:45am Academics: What Your Student Needs to Succeed
10:00-11:30am Parent/Family Brunch
12:00-12:30pm Financial Education
1:15-2:00pm Residence Life/Dining Services Panel