Freshman 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 your transition to campus. We work to keep programming as relevant and informative as possible.

As a new fall freshman you will be registered in a set of courses - what we call the "major core courses" - that have been prescribed by your major department for your fall semester. The "major core courses" registration takes place in early June, so regardless of which orientation you choose you will have a core courses schedule when you arrive on campus for Orientation. We will send you an email with instructions on how to access your MyAcademics page in late April. This is a webpage with specific information about your transition to UM. During your summer or fall orientation you will meet with your department's orientation advisor and then make changes and additions to your fall schedule if necessary. Some departments assign academic advisors during orientation; others defer the assignment until after classes start. In either case you'll work with a professional advisor or faculty member who can advise you as a new freshman and answer any questions you have about the major.

Fall Admits:

Option 1: Summer Orientation: June 28-30, 2017

Summer Orientation is designed to provide you with an early college experience with your future classmates and campus. Program is a full two days, so plan your travel accordingly.

Upon registration for a Summer program, you will be charged a $130 Supplemental Summer Orientation fee if you choose to participate in one of the Summer Orientations. 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)
  • Complimentary breakfast for the student and family members
  • Two lunch tickets per lunch
  • Unlimited family member access to the Family Program

*Payment must be received upon registration for Summer Program or your reservation will be cancelled.

**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 (Closed)
To simplify this process, please use the registration link provided to you in your invitation email.

Option 2: Fall Orientation: August 27-29, 2017

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. Program is a full two days, so plan your travel accordingly.

Students living in the Residence Halls can move in early to their room, but will pay an early-arrival fee of $22 per night until the official move-in day for the Residence Halls.

Register for Fall Orientation
To simplify this process, please use the registration link provided to you in your invitation email.

Spring Admits:

Option 1: Spring Orientation: January 19-20, 2017

Spring Orientation is designed to provide you with an early college experience with your future classmates and campus. Program is a full two days, so plan your travel accordingly.

Students living in the Residence Halls can move in early to their room, but will pay an early-arrival fee of $22 per night until January 21, the official move-in day for the Residence Halls.

Register for Spring Orientation (Closed)
To simplify this process, please use the registration link provided to you in your invitation email.

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 a Summer of 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.

Non-Traditional Freshmen

The University of Montana recognizes that because 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 such as the "Non-Traditional Student Facilities Tour" as they are designed specifically to ensure that you are successful at UM from the very first day of classes.

To Register, follow the Freshman Orientation options above.