Orientation for Transfer Students
Welcome to the Bobcat Family!
We are very excited for you to join us for the continuation of your college career! Orientation/Class Registration is your introduction to academic and non-academic life at Montana State University. Transfer students are required to complete Orientation/Class Registration to register for their first semester courses. Through Orientation/Class Registration, students will have the opportunity to:
- Register for semester courses
- Connect with your Academic Advisor
- Engage with MSU course planning and class registration systems
- Learn how to use University services and resources
Start Term of Summer 2023
Information regarding Summer 2023 Orientation/Class Registration will be available here soon. Registration for Summer 2023 Orientation opens February 15, 2023.
Freshmen students starting in the summer and intending to continue in the fall will need to complete a formal Orientation/Class Registration session during the summer term before registering for their summer and fall course schedules. Please register for an available Orientation/Class Registration session that occurs before the start of the summer course you intend to take.
Non-degree seeking freshman students that are only taking classes at MSU for the singular summer term do not need to complete a formal Orientation/Class Registration program to register for their summer courses. These students can contact the Academic Advising Center at (406) 994-3532 to discuss their summer course schedule and register for classes. Please note that if you decide to continue taking classes at MSU during the fall semester, you will be required to complete a formal Orientation/Class Registration program.
Start Term of Fall 2023
Information regarding Fall 2023 Orientation/Class Registration will be available here soon. Registration for Fall 2023 Orientation opens February 15, 2023.
All incoming freshman are required to participate in one of our Orientation/Class Registration sessions. During Orientation/Class Registration, students will meet their Academic Advisor and register for their Fall semester courses.
The Orientation Office will arrange lodging for the nights you are required to stay on campus. If you need additional lodging outside of those required nights, please see available options here. If you cannot, or prefer not, to stay on campus during your Orientation/Class Registration session, please register for the August Orientation, which takes place at the end of August prior to the start of the fall semester.
The full Orientation/Class Registration program requires a non-refundable Program Fee that directly covers a student's on-campus lodging for the two nights spent on campus of in-person Orientation/Class Registration and the six meals starting with lunch on the first day and ending with breakfast on the third day. It also helps cover additional programmatic costs such as student Orientation Leader pay, online pre-Orientation maintenance, mailings, etc.
Start Term of Spring 2024
More information regarding Spring Orientation/Class Registration will be available soon.
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 [email protected].
Please see our Orientation/Class Registration Frequently Asked Questions for additional questions.
Incoming transfer students who are active duty or former active duty veterans, national guard or reserve members, and dependents of veterans that are using VA Educational Benefits can register for a specialized Veteran Orientation through your Undergraduate Admissions Checklist on MyInfo. Contact the Veteran Support Center at (406) 994-3661 or [email protected] for more information.
College of Nursing Students
College of Nursing students who are attending classes on another campus should participate in Orientation on that campus. Please contact the College of Nursing at (406) 994-3783 or [email protected] if you have questions about your requirements.
Non-degree Seeking Students
Incoming non-degree seeking students are not required to complete a formal Orientation/Class Registration session before registering for their semester courses. These students can contact the Academic Advising Center at (406) 994-3532 to discuss their course schedule and register for classes. Please note that if you decide to pursue a degree at MSU, you will be required to complete a formal Orientation/Class Registration program.
Students cannot register for classes until all MSU immunization requirements are met. For more information on these requirements, please contact Student Health Partners Medical Services or visit the FAQ guide.
Tel: (406) 994-2311 • Fax: (406) 994-2504 • Email: [email protected]
At Montana State University, we traditionally use ACT/SAT and/or college-level credit to place students into appropriate Math and Writing courses. Be sure that you have submitted any and all placement materials (ACT, SAT, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment transcripts, etc.) that you have to the Office of Admissions prior to your Orientation/Class Registration session to make sure that the courses you are placed into reflect your abilities and will keep you on the right track toward graduation.
We are not requiring test scores for incoming students and have alternative methods of math and writing placement for students who do not have ACT/SAT scores and/or college-level credit. Students will be contacted ahead of their Orientation/Class Registration session if they do not have ACT/SAT scores and/or college-level credit and need to take any placement exams.
Mathematics prerequisites are strictly enforced in math, statistics and science courses.
- If you have passed a math course at another university that fulfills the prerequisite for the course you would like to register for, it will be reflected on our Transfer Equivalences webpage.
- To determine your math level, go to the Mathematics Prerequisite Flowchart. You will be allowed to register for the appropriate math course based on your ACT or SAT scores, if submitted to MSU, or transfer credits from another institution. You will need to take the appropriate math course based on this placement.
- If you have any questions regarding mathematics or statistics prerequisites, contact the Department of Mathematical Sciences at [email protected].
Fill out a housing application through your Undergraduate Admissions Checklist on MyInfo. If you plan on living off campus, you must fill out a Housing Exemption Request Form. Submitting a Request for Exemption from the First Year Live-In Requirement is not a guaranteed approval to be exempt from this university requirement. If you have any questions, please contact University Student Housing at [email protected].
Attendance Confirmation/Fee Payment
You semester bill will be generated after you have completed Orientation/Class Registration. You can access your semester bill in your MyInfo account. If you have any questions regarding attendance confirmation/fee payment, please contact Student Accounts at [email protected].
Payments can be made in the following ways:
- Online through MyInfo: "Log into MyInfo" by entering your NetID and password, then click on "Electronic Billing and Payment."
- By mail: Mail a check and/or money order with a copy of your online bill to MSU Student Accounts, P.O. Box 172640, Bozeman, MT 59717.
If you have a zero balance due to your costs being paid from other sources such as financial aid, you still need to confirm your attendance. You can do so by contacting the Student Accounts Office or through MyInfo by clicking on the "confirm" button at the bottom of your online bill.
The Office of Disability Services strives to provide access to all college programs, services, activities and facilities for students with disabilities. This includes encouraging self-advocacy for students and connecting them with resources and support services across campus to help them achieve their personal best. If you would like further information on the Office of Disability Services and the resources and services they provide, please visit the Office of Disability Services website.
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.