MSU Debut is a collection of co-curricular events and activities at the beginning of each semester with the goal of engaging students and showcasing the best of our campus community. This series of events equips students for a successful transition to Montana State University, empowers them to contribute to the Bobcat community, and fosters inclusion, integrity, and belonging.

Get Involved. Get Connected.
Own Your Experience.


Freshman Students in an "M" formation on the football field



welcome new and returning bobcats

Fall 2023 Events


Saturday, August 19th 

Strand Union Activity Fair  
Strand Union Building
Free Bowling, Billiards, Movie, yard games, awesome music and MSU Bookstore promotions

Sunday, August 20th 

Food Truck Rodeo  
Romney Oval
Students snag free food from local food truck vendors and get to know peers on the lawn!

Tuesday, August 22nd 

Freshman 1st meal
Bobcat Stadium 
A delicious and iconic meal to welcome 1st year Bobcats

M Photo 
Bobcat Stadium and 
First year students gather to create the iconic M Photo to kickstart the year 

Brick Breedan Field House
Celebrate your MSU beginning featuring best-selling author Stephanie Land 

Wednesday, August 23rd 

1st Day Welcome Tents  
Multiple Locations Around Campus
Meet us around campus to get oriented and be welcomed into the campus community! Happy first day of classes! 

Ice Cream Social- Hosted by the President 
Malone Centennial Mall
Time, TBD
Come grab a frozen treat and celebrate the begining of classes! 

Thursday, August 24th 

Headphone Disco - Brought to you by Hush Concerts  
Strad Union Ballrooms
Listen to 3 local student DJs on your own headset and dance the night away with your friends

Friday, August 25th 

Multiple Locations Around Campus 
Get to know some of the opprutnities to engage in and around campus, meet student clubs and organizations, and see the community surrounding MSU! 

Wednesday, August 30th 

Campus Game Night  
Strand Union Ballrooms
Come hang out and learn a new board game or enjoy the classics! If virtual is more your style, join a video game or try VR!

Thursday, August 31st 

Bobcat Prowl Treasure Hunt  
All across campus
Time, TBD
An interactive cross-campus activity! Seek out "treasures", learn about awesome campus resources, and win amazing prizes!

Friday, September 8th

MSU Debut Outdoor Concert  
Romney Oval 
Grab some friends and have a blast at our free outdoor concert as we enjoy the last taste of summer - artist announcement coming soon!  

Saturday, September 16th 

Service Saturday  
Multiple Locations Around Campus and The Community
Volunteer to give back to your community! Opportunities to get involved span campus and the surrounding areas!

Sunday, September 17th 

Rockin the M  
Bridger Foothills Trail
Help us repaint the iconic College M - A tradition that has spanned over 100 years!


Contact Us


Chris Pruden
Student Engagement and Leadership Advisor
Office of Student Engagement

      Chris Pruden 


Dear MSU Students, 

We want to welcome you to your new home!  MSU Debut is the official beginning of your experience as a Bobcat! During MSU Debut you will have opportunities to connect with other incoming students, returning students, faculty, and staff who are excited to welcome you into the Bobcat community.

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty during this time due to COVID-19. We want to reassure all of you that we are working very hard to make sure that our events this fall are valuable to a variety of incoming and returning students. Although many of these events may look a bit different, there will still be many opportunities to make connections and find a sense of belonging on campus. 

We are excited to welcome all incoming students to the Bobcat Family and we look forward to you being a part of MSU Debut!

Go Cats!




We strive to ensure MSU Debut events are equal and accessible to all. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Disability Services at: 406.994.2824 or visit their WEBSITE for more information.