New Student Orientation

We are excited you chose to become a Grizzly! Here's some information to help you get started with your transition to campus. The UM Orientation experience extends beyond course registration; it will prepare you for success as you transition to campus. We work to keep programming as relevant and informative as possible.

As an incoming first-year student you will be registered in a set of courses - what we call the "major core courses" - that have been prescribed by your intended major’s department for your first semester. During orientation you will meet with your department's academic advisor and have the opportunity to make changes and additions to your schedule if necessary. In addition to course registration and advising, New Student Orientation provides you an opportunity to learn about all the wonderful things UM has to offer outside the classroom, about the tools we have to help you be a successful student, about your new responsibilities as a UM student, as well as some of the situations you might find yourself in now that you’re living away from home.

Spring Admits:

Spring Orientation: January 17-19, 2018

Spring Orientation is designed to provide you with an early college experience with your future classmates and the campus community. The Orientation program spans three days; check-in will run from 3:00 – 6:00 PM day one and the formal program will run approximately from 8:00 AM day two until 3:00 PM day three.  Please plan your travel accordingly.

Students living in the Residence Halls can move in to their room for this Orientation; however, the official move-in day for the Residence Halls is January 20, 2018.  Anyone arriving prior to this date will be required to pay an early-arrival fee of $22 per night.  Families and guests will need to make their own arrangements, as housing is not available on campus.

Registration for Spring Orientation is now open at this time.  All students admitted for Spring 2018 will be invited to register by email.  To simplify this process, please use the registration link provided to you in your invitation email. You can view a tentative schedule here.

Fall Admits:

Option 1: Summer Orientation: June 20-22, 2018

Summer Orientation is designed to provide you with an early college experience with your future classmates and the campus community.  The Orientation program spans three days; check-in will run from 3:00 – 6:00 PM day one and the formal program will run approximately from 8:00 AM day two until 3:00 PM day three.  Please plan your travel accordingly.

Upon registration for a summer program, you will be charged an additional $130 Supplemental Summer Orientation fee.  Payment must be received upon registration for Summer Program or your reservation will be cancelled.

This fee is non-refundable and includes:

  • Housing in the Residence Halls for the student for two nights (on-campus housing is not available for family members or guests)
  • Breakfast and lunch on days two and three
  • Unlimited family member access to the Family Program

NOTE: Missoula residents and non-traditional students who choose not to stay in the Residence Halls during Orientation can email orientation@mso.umt.edu to be considered for a partial refund. These will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Registration for Summer Orientation is not open at this time.  All students admitted for Fall 2018 will be invited to register by email as we draw closer to February. To simplify this process, please use the registration link provided to you in your invitation email.

Option 2: Fall Orientation: August 22-24,2018

Fall Orientation is designed for students who do not attend Summer Orientation. Students will get the same information, while making only one trip to Missoula right before classes begin. The Orientation program spans three days; check-in will run from 3:00 – 6:00 PM day one and the formal program will run approximately from 8:00 AM day two until 3:00 PM day three.  Please plan your travel accordingly.

Students living in the Residence Halls can move in to their room for this Orientation; however, the official move-in day for the Residence Halls is August 25, 2018.  Anyone arriving prior to this date will be required to pay an early-arrival fee of $22 per night. Families and guests will need to make their own arrangements, as housing is not available on campus.

Registration for Fall Orientation is not open at this time.  All students admitted for Fall 2018 will be invited to register by email as we draw closer to February. To simplify this process, please use the registration link provided to you in your invitation email.

Winter and Summer Session Students

Incoming students who choose to begin during Winter or Summer Session are in a unique position.  You will need to communicate with your academic department so that you are able to speak with an advisor and complete course registration prior to the times our Orientation programs are regularly scheduled.  As an incoming First-Year student, you are expected to attend an Orientation program, and as such you will be charged the $67 Orientation fee.

Winter Session students are expected to attend Spring Orientation, and Summer Session students are expected to choose between either Summer or Fall Orientation. 

Non-Traditional Freshmen

The University of Montana recognizes that due to the fact you are not coming straight from high school, your transition may be different than the average 18-year old. We have designed some specific Orientation programming for our non-traditional students, and hope that you take advantage of these sessions. They are designed specifically to ensure that you are successful at UM from the very first day of classes.

To register, follow the New Student Orientation options above.

Additional Information

Please note that access to course registration for your major core courses will not be affected, regardless of which Orientation option you choose. Be sure to complete these steps and your department will register you in your major core courses in early June. You will then complete your course registration at Summer or Fall Orientation.

The University includes a mandatory Orientation fee of $67 for all new students in their first-semester tuition and fees. You'll pay tuition and fees in August after you receive your registration/bill.

If you are a Transfer student, please visit our Transfer Orientation page here