Orientation for Transfer Students

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We are very excited for you to join us for the continuation of your college career! Orientation is your introduction to academic and non-academic life at Montana State University. Transfer students will have two options for completing an Orientation. The first option is for you to complete an individual orientation. The second option will be to attend a formal transfer orientation just prior to classes starting.

Students accepted for admission to MSU will receive Orientation materials, which will outline the details for both options, 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:

Visit the Office of Admissions website for more information on transferring to MSU.

Specialized Orientations

Veteran Orientation

Contact the Veteran Support Center at (406) 994-3661 or vets@montana.edu for information or to register.

Non-Traditional Student Orientation

The Non-Traditional Orientation is designed to meet the needs of incoming non-traditional aged students who are attending college for the first time. This program is by invitation only. Eligible students will be notified.

 

Fall Semester Registration Information (Go to Spring Schedule)

Transfer students can register for courses by choosing one of the following options:

Option 1:

The first way to complete the Orientation process is by visiting campus and completing the Transfer Student Checklist (included in the Orientation information we mailed you) on your own. This option requires you to spend one weekday on campus between mid-April and mid-August and meet with an advisor. You cannot complete this option over the phone. You MUST come to campus. To register for this option, please mark "Option 1" online through the Undergraduate Admissions Checklist. Then, complete each step on the checklist in the order listed. In order for your Orientation to be considered complete, you are responsible for each item on the checklist.

Option 2:

The second way to complete the Orientation process is to attend the Transfer Student Orientation Program. To register for this option, please mark "Option 2" online through the Undergraduate Admissions Checklist. A confirmation will be emailed upon receipt of your completed registration. Please review the Transfer Option 2 Checklist to assure everything is completed by Orientation.

All new transfer students pay a one-time New Transfer Student Fee of $50. This fee is included on the fee statement of the first semester in which a student attends MSU.

Tentative Fall Orientation Schedule

August 2017

8:00-9:00 am Orientation Check-in
8:00-10:00am Math Placement Exam
10:00-10:15am Welcome to MSU and Program Overview
10:30-11:30am Academic Tools- Preview the Advising Tools You'll Use Everyday
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch on Your Own
12:30pm Meet Your Department Head
Following Department Head Meeting Departmental Advisor Meeting & Plan Your Fall Schedule
 
After meeting with your departmental advisor, you will be able to complete your course registration online.
2:00pm Course Registration Begins
5:00-7:00pm Welcome Picnic for all students, families & friends- $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 10 & under.
6:30-7:00pm Honors College
   
 

Spring Semester Registration Information (Go to Fall Schedule)

Transfer students can register for courses by choosing one of the following options:

Option 1:

Visit campus and complete the Transfer Student Checklist  on your own. This option requires you to spend one weekday on campus between mid-November and early January and meet with an advisor. You cannot complete this option over the phone. You MUST come to campus. In order for your Orientation to be considered complete, you are responsible for each item on the checklist. This option has limited availability.

Option 2:

Attend the Transfer Student Orientation Program on Monday, January 9.

All new transfer students pay a one-time New Transfer Student Fee of $50. This fee is included on the fee statement of the first semester in which a student attends MSU.

Tentative Spring Orientation Schedule

Monday, January 9, 2017

8:00–8:45am Check-in
8:10–8:20am Campus Tours Depart every 5 minutes
9:00am Welcome to MSU and Program Overview
9:30am Registration Meeting
10:30am Assistant Dean Meetings
Following Asst. Dean Meeting Departmental Advisor Meetings

After meeting with your departmental advisor, you will be able to complete your course registration.
12:00–2:00pm Course Registration