Safety Rules





MSU Friday & MSU Saturday Information and Dates

In order to follow strict social distancing and safety protocols, MSU Friday and MSU Saturday programs have limited capacity. So, we encourage you to sign up early! Please note that you must register in advance for these events. No walk-on registrations will be allowed.


MSU Fridays and Saturdays are half-day programs which offer an in-depth preview of college life at Montana State University. MSU Fridays and Saturdays are free and open to prospective students and families. Prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to connect with faculty and students, learn more about academic facilities, explore campus and meet with MSU Admissions Counselors.


Our Spring 2021 MSU Saturday visit programs will be offered on:

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 (FULL)

Our Summer 2021 MSU Friday visit program will be offered on:

  • Friday, June 18, 2021 (Registration coming soon)



Safety Guidelines

MSU will be taking several safety precautions for MSU Friday and MSU Saturday events, including limiting attendance. To ensure that this event is safe for our visitors, campus and community, we have outlined some guidelines and expectations for this event:

  • Attendees must agree that they have not experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days or been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Attendees will be asked to confirm this when they check in the morning of MSU Saturday.
  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Face coverings are required for all students, faculty, staff and visitors to Montana State University. Masks must be worn at all times. Appropriate face coverings are those that cover the mouth AND NOSE of the wearer. The face mask requirement is supported by guidance from the Board of Regents of the Montana University System, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health's mask requirement, and CDC guidance for public events. The mask requirement is strictly enforced and attendees who are unable or unwilling to wear a mask for the entire event will be asked to leave the event.
  • Attendees must stay with their registered group for the entire event. MSU Saturday has been organized according to strict social distancing and safety protocols. Attendees will stay in assigned groups of 25 people or less for the entire event. Re-entry will be very limited for safety purposes. Using the restroom, grabbing a coat from your car, etc. is acceptable and will not be included in the “no re-entry” guidance. If you leave campus during the MSU Saturday program, we ask that you do not re-join your group.
  • Attendees must agree to abide by social distancing and best practices. MSU Saturday is designed to keep staff, visitors and community members safe. We ask that you practice social distancing while in a group, wear your mask over your mouth and nose for the entire event, regularly wash your hands and use our hand sanitizer stations when available.
  • Please prepare for all weather possibilities and extended walks. This event includes a walking tour of campus and a great deal of walking between academic buildings. We ask that you plan for all weather outcomes and that you wear comfortable walking shoes.



Tentative Schedule of Events

Attendees will be divided into separate groups of less than 25 participants during each program, so your schedule may differ slightly from this sample schedule. All attendees will receive the same information in varying order.

  • 7:45 – 8:00am– Check-in & Packet Pick-up
  • 8:00 – 8:30am – Welcome to MSU Saturday/Schedule Overview
  • 8:30 – 9:00am – "MSU Basics" presentation with MSU Admissions Counselors
  • 9:00 – 9:45am – Campus Tours
  • 9:50 – 10:20am – "Student Engagement" presentation with Office of Student Engagement (OSE)
  • 10:25 – 10:55am – "Living & Dining on Campus" presentation with Residence Life & Dining Services Staff
  • 11:00 – 11:30am – "Academics 101" presentation with Academic Advising Center
  • 11:35am – 12:05pm – "Life Outside the Classroom" presentation with various MSU Staff
  • 12:05pm – Closing Remarks



Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, no. All participants must formally register in advance of the event. MSU Friday and MSU Saturday programs adhere to strict county guidelines for event safety, including capping the number of participants, and we anticipate each event reaching its attendance cap quickly. Thank you for understanding!

Yes; MSU Friday and MSU Saturday will have a limited re-entry guidance. If you need to use the restroom during the event, grab a coat from your car, etc., you will be able to return to the event. If you choose to leave the event/campus early, we ask that you please do not return to campus.

Please prepare for all types of weather and for extended walking across campus among several academic buildings. You may also want to bring a pen to take notes, but this is not required. Most of all, prepare to have fun!

Tour guides will give a full general tour of the MSU campus, including academic buildings, during MSU Saturday. However, these tours will not break off into individual facility tours.

Residence hall tours will not be available during MSU Friday or MSU Saturday and no entry of the residence halls will be allowed. There will be a full "Living & Dining on Campus" presentation during MSU Saturday and we encourage prospective students to visit the Residence Hall website to learn more about the residence halls.

MSU Admissions Counselors will be available at MSU Friday and MSU Saturday programs to answer general questions about areas of study, but unfortunately, representatives from individual colleges or areas of study will not be available for these programs. If you would like to meet with someone from a specific area of study, we recommend scheduling a personalized weekday tour rather than attending an MSU Friday or MSU Saturday program. Please do not register for both visit opportunities as our space is limited in both programs.



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