Welcome to the Bobcat Family!

Parent/Family Orientation

Concurrent with your student's freshmen Orientation/Class Registration program is a special program for parents and families designed to acquaint you with MSU and its programs, facilities and services. Enjoy this opportunity to learn about everything Montana State University can offer your new Bobcat!

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
  • Sessions detailing resources available for your student's success
  • Social evening with other Bobcat parents and MSU staff
  • A parent and family brunch connecting you with other parents and MSU administrators

Parents may pick and choose which sessions they would like to attend based on interest during the Parent/Family Orientation. A tentative sample schedule will be provided to registered parents ahead of the Parent/Family Orientation session. A final schedule will be provided at check-in.

Parents interested in attending the Parent/Family Orientation can register along with their student online. There is a non-refundable $50 Program Fee associated with the Parent/Family Orientation. If your student has already registered and you would like to register later, please contact the Orientation Office at [email protected]. Please include your student's full name. If you are planning on staying in Bozeman during the Parent and Family Orientation Program, there are a variety of off campus lodging options.

Bobcat Parent and Family Program

The Bobcat Parent and Family Program supports parents and families as their students navigate the MSU campus. This includes programs such as Parent & Family weekend, activities, webinars, email updates and more. Click here for more information on the Bobcat Parent and Family Program.



Questions? We're here to help.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! You can email our staff at [email protected], or call us Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm MT at 1-888-MSU-CATS.