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We are very excited for you to start your academic career at Montana State University! Orientation is your introduction to academic and non-academic life at Montana State University. All new students are required to attend an Orientation session.

Students accepted for admission to MSU will receive Orientation materials 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:

Orientation Dates 2018

Spring  January 8-9
Summer June 11-13 
June 25-27 
July 16-18*
August 22-24

*Students attending these sessions are REQUIRED to stay on campus for the duration of Orientation.

 

Orientation Registration Information

All new students are required to attend an Orientation, except for students registering for summer courses. Please see below for more information.

Starting school in the fall?

Freshmen who will be starting school fall semester will need to register for one of the three summer Orientations (June or July) or the fall Orientation (August).

  • Students attending the June or July Orientation are required to stay on campus and pay a $135 non-refundable meals and lodging fee.
  • Students attending the August Orientation will move directly into their housing accommodations for the fall semester upon arrival to campus. There is no meal and lodging fee associated with this Orientation.

You will be able to register for Orientation online through your Admissions Checklist in early March. In order to register, go to www.montana.edu/myinfo, then 'Log into MyInfo' with your Student ID number and password, then click on 'Undergraduate Admissions Checklist'.

Starting school in the spring?

Freshmen starting school in the spring semester will need to register for Orientation to be advised for spring semester classes. Information regarding spring Orientation will be sent to you in early November.

Starting school in the summer?

Freshmen that start school during a summer session will not need to attend an Orientation for summer school. Students will be mailed information on course registration. *Please note that freshmen taking summer courses will still need to register for an Orientation during June, July or August to register for fall courses.

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 orientation@montana.edu.

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.

 

Tentative Orientation Schedules

June & July Orientation

Students are required to attend all Orientation meetings as directed by Student Orientation Leaders.

Monday

9:00-11:00am Orientation Check-in at the Strand Union Building
9:00-11:00am Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement
9:30-10:30am Honors College Information Session
10:30-11:00am

Pre-Vet Information Session

Pre-Health Professions Advising at MSU

11:30am-1:15pm What's Up? Meeting, Lunch and Campus Tour
1:30-2:00pm Orientation Welcome
2:10-2:40pm Placement Precursor Meeting
2:45-3:45pm Academics 1 (Engineering, Letters & Science, Nursing and University Studies)
3:45-5:00pm Math Placement Exam (Engineering, Letters & Science, Nursing and University Studies)
5:00-6:30pm Dinner with Your Orientation Group (Engineering, Letters & Science, Nursing and University Studies)
2:40-4:00pm Math Placement Exam (Agriculture, Arts & Architecture, Business and Education, Health & Human Development)
4:30-5:30pm Academics 1 (Agriculture, Arts & Architecture, Business and Education, Health & Human Development)
5:30-7:00pm Dinner with Your Orientation Group (Agriculture, Arts & Architecture, Business and Education, Health & Human Development)
7:15-8:15pm Living on Campus: Life at MSU
8:15-8:45pm MSU Bookstore Presentation
8:15-9:30pm Life Outside the Classroom
9:30pm Introduction to the MSU Fitness Center- Open Gym
10:00pm Orientation Information Tables- A Place to Stop by and Ask Questions.
10:30pm Late Night Movie
11:30pm Fraternity and Sorority Life

Tuesday

7:00-8:00am Breakfast
8:15-11:00am

Academics 2: Registrar's Office Introduces You to the Tools You Need to Succeed!

College Expectations and Beyond: Shaping Your Signature Student Experience

Paying for School (Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Financial Education)

11:15am-12:00pm Meet Your Dean of Students (Agriculture, Arts & Architecture, Education, Health & Human Development and Engineering)
11:15am-12:15pm Lunch (Business, Letters & Science, Nursing and University Studies)
12:00-1:00pm Lunch (Agriculture, Arts & Architecture, Education, Health & Human Development and Engineering)
12:30-1:15pm Meet Your Dean of Students (Business, Letters & Science, Nursing and University Studies)
1:30-1:50pm Academics Department Head/Director Meetings
2:00-4:30pm Academics 3: Meet with an Academic Advisor
4:00-5:30pm Extravaganza Information Fair
4:30-5:00pm Inclusion at MSU
4:30-5:00pm Honors Pre-registration Meeting: Required for incoming Honors students
4:30-5:00pm Veteran Services: Required for Veterans and dependents of Veterans receiving GI Bill benefits
4:30-5:00pm Disability Services
4:30-5:15pm Student Athletics: Required for Incoming NCAA Student Athletes
5:30-6:45pm Dinner with your Orientation Group
7:00-8:45pm Choices Play:Performed by Student Orientation Leaders
8:45-10:00pm Academics 4: Review and Schedule Preview
10:00pm  MSU Live in the SUB: Bowling, Billiards, Photo Booth, Bingo & a Movie in the Procrastinator Theater
10:00pm Orientation Information Tables: A place to stop by and ask questions.

Wednesday

7:00-8:00am Breakfast
8:00-8:45am Exit Meeting with Orientation Leader
9:00am-1:00pm Course Registration
9:00am-1:00pm Academic Advising and Troubleshooting
10:00am-3:00pm Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (make-up) and Career Coaching
12:00pm Financial Education Workshop
12:00-3:00pm Residence Life Open House

August Orientation

Students are required to attend all Orientation meetings as directed by Student Orientation Leaders.

Wednesday

10:30am-3:00pm Orientation Check-in at the Strand Union Building
11:00am-2:30pm Math Placement Meetings (every 30 minutes)
11:00am-2:00pm Math Placement Test
3:45-4:30pm Orientation Welcome
4:45-5:30pm Meet Your Dean of Students
5:30-7:00pm Welcome Picnic for all Students, Families & Friends: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 12 and under.
6:30-7:00pm Honors College
7:15-8:30pm Academics 1: Your Introduction to Your MSU Degree
8:30-10:00pm Office of Student Engagement Event

Thursday

8:15-9:00am College Expectations: Your Building Blocks to Success
9:10-9:55am Academics 2: Preview the Advising Tools You Will Use Everyday
10:05-10:50am Paying for School
11:00-11:20am Academic Department Head/Director Meetings
Following Morning Department Meetings Academics 3: Meet an Academic Advisor
2:30-3:30pm Honors Pre-Registration Meeting (option 1)
5:15-5:45pm Disability Services
5:15-5:45pm Veterans Services: Required for Veterans and dependents of Veterans receiving GI Bill benefits
5:15-5:45pm Pre-Vet Advising
5:15-5:45pm Office of Student Engagement
5:15-5:45pm Diversity & Inclusion
5:15-5:45pm Pre-Health Professions Advising
5:15-5:45pm ROTC
5:15-6:00pm Student Athletics: Required for Incoming NCAA Athletes
7:30pm Freshman Convocation

Friday

8:00-9:00am Honors Pre-Registration Meeting (option 2)
8:00am-4:00pm Career Coaching: Students Can Meet with a Career Coach to Discuss Professional Pathways
8:00am-4:00pm Course Registration
12:45pm Campus Tour
1:45-2:30pm Financial Education Workshop
2:30-3:00pm Pre-Law Advising at MSU

Spring Orientation

Monday

8:00–8:45am Check-in
8:10–8:20am Campus Tours Departing every 5 minutes
9:00am Welcome to MSU and Program Overview
9:30–11:30am Registration Meeting
12:00pm Writing Survey
12:00–2:00pm Math Placement Exam
2:00pm Assistant Dean Meetings
3:00pm Academic Department Meeting
4:00pm Group Scheduling
   

Tuesday

10:00am–1:00pm Course Registration