First-Year New Student Orientation
Welcome to the UM Family!
We are so excited you chose to become a Grizzly! Here's some information to help you get started with your transition to campus.
The New Student Orientation experience extends far beyond course registration. It provides you an opportunity to become engaged with your classmates and your community, to gain the necessary tools to become a successful student and to understand your new responsibilities as a UM student, as well as gain insight into some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Be sure to complete the Pre-Orientation Checklist!
Students Beginning in the Fall
Fall 2021 information is on the way...stay tuned!
Online Bear Tracks
Bear Tracks is a required online program and your first step to becoming a Griz. It’s designed to help you explore academic options, register for courses and get a head start on other important next steps for college – even before New Student Orientation. It’s also a fun opportunity to get acquainted with the UM community!
New Student Orientation
In addition to Bear Tracks, all first-year students are expected to attend our in-person New Student Orientation program. This special welcome will provide an opportunity for you to meet your incoming peers, get to know campus and the Missoula community, and learn about what it means to be a student at the University of Montana.
Stay tuned for more information!
Students Beginning in the Spring
Spring 2021 New Student Orientation
All incoming first-year, transfer and distance only students are expected to complete an Online New Student Orientation program. This will introduce students to campus, academic and social resources, current UM students, and more.
In addition, the online program will walk students through the completion of all necessary tasks in order to prepare them for academic advising and course registration.
Upon completion of the Online New Student Orientation program students will be connected with their assigned academic advisor to arrange an individual advising appointment.
Additionally, all new students are required to complete Bystander Intervention Training, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training. Both of these mandatory trainings will be offered in person on January 8th, but additional opportunities to complete them will be available during the spring semester.
Our optional in-person sessions will be offered for those who are interested on Friday, January 8, 2021 at both the Mountain Campus and Missoula College.
Optional In-Person Programming: January 8, 2021
|8 a.m.||4 p.m.||Welcome Table - Pick up your UM swag, and stop by to chat with a current UM student||University Center (UC) Grand Foyer, 3rd Floor|
|9 a.m.||5 p.m.||Walk In Academic Advising - Most departments on campus will have academic advisors available to meet with students on a walk-in basis who may need additional assistance with their course schedules. We recommend taking care of this over the winter break as much as possible, since capacities for appointment will be limited in-person.||Various|
|9 a.m.||10 a.m.||Campus Walking Tour - Join a UM Advocate for a tour of the beautiful Mountain Campus||Departing UC Grand Foyer, 3rd Floor|
|10 a.m.||11 a.m.||Student Success Panel - Office for Student Success, Disability Services for Students, TRiO Student Support Services, Financial Education, Campus Dining, Campus Recreation and more!||UC N. Ballroom, 3rd Floor|
|11 a.m.||Noon||Bystander Intervention Training - Mandatory for students to complete prior to registering for fall 2021 courses. If you do not complete it during these sessions there will be virtual opportunities available during the beginning of the spring semester.||UC N. Ballroom, 3rd Floor|
|11 a.m.||Noon||Missoula College Walking Tour - Depending on your needs, this tour of the River Campus building could last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.||MC River Campus|
|Noon||1 p.m.||Current Student Panel - Come hear from the experts!||UC N. Ballroom, 3rd Floor|
|1 p.m.||2 p.m.||Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training - Mandatory for students to complete. If you do not complete it during these sessions there will be virtual opportunities available during the beginning of the spring semester.||UC N. Ballroom, 3rd Floor|
|1 p.m.||3 p.m.||Foreign Language Placement Testing - All students who have not completed the language requirement and have previous experience in Spanish, French or German need to take a placement test. The exam takes approximately 20-30 minutes and results are instant.||Mansfield Library, Student Learning Center, 2nd Floor|
|2 p.m.||3 p.m.||Campus Walking Tour - Join a UM Advocate for a tour of the beautiful Mountain Campus||Departing UC Grand Foyer, 3rd Floor|
|3 p.m.||4 p.m.||Missoula College Walking Tour - Depending on your needs, this tour of the River Campus building could last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.||MC River Campus|
Spring Residence Hall Move-In
The first official day of campus housing is Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Check the UM Housing website for more information on arrival and move in details.
Incoming first-year students who wish to take Summer Start courses should let their academic advisor know during Bear Tracks. Your advisor will work with you to determine which courses make the most sense for meeting your academic goals. Students who attend Summer Start are required to attend New Student Orientation in the fall.
Non-Traditional First-Year Students
The University of Montana recognizes your transition to college may be a bit different. We encourage you to attend one of the Bear Tracks Registration Events so you are able to meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. You also will need to attend Bystander Intervention Training during your first semester of school. If you do not, you will have a registration hold on your account for the spring.
Non-traditional students do not need to participate in an on-campus orientation program as long as they complete Bear Tracks.
However, non-traditional students are invited to participate in New Student Orientation if they would like. You can find more information and registration links above.
To be considered a transfer student, you must have completed 12 semester credits at a college or university, post-high school graduation and earned at least a 2.0 GPA. College credits earned by students still in high school do not count toward this 12-credit requirement. If you are a transfer student, please visit our Transfer Orientation page.
Post-baccalaureate students are not required to complete an orientation program. You are able to register for classes on your own or contact an academic advisor for assistance.