Freshman Orientation Options

Welcome to the University of Montana Family!

We are 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 beyond course registration. It provides you an opportunity to learn about; all the wonderful things we have to offer outside the classroom, the tools we have to help you be a successful student, your new responsibilities as a UM student, as well as some of the situations you might encounter now that you're living away from home.

Be sure to complete the Pre-Orientation Checklist and your My Academics tasks!

UM Mountain Campus Freshman


Spring Orientation: January 8-9, 2019

Spring Orientation is designed to serve students who are beginning their first semester in January.  This is a two-day program that will allow you to get to know your peers, meet academic advisors and faculty, and familiarize yourself with campus resources and opportunities.

Fall Orientation: August 17-24, 2019

The Fall New Student Orientation program is under construction.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming months!

Missoula College Freshman

We have launched a new, online orientation that will walk you through the steps necessary to clear your holds, learn about our registration system, familiarize yourself with campus resources, schedule an advising appointment, and register for classes.

All incoming Missoula College students are encouraged to take the Online Orientation. This is the quickest way you can be advised and register for fall courses, and you do not need to attend an on-campus orientation if you complete the online module and advising ahead of time.

Accessing the Online Orientation

  • You can find your NetID using the online NetID Lookup Tool. If you have never logged in with your NetID, your initial password is the last six digits of your UM ID number (begins with 790).
  • Log into your Moodle Account, (NetID Login)
  • Access "Missoula College UM Online Orientation"
  • Complete Orientation Steps
  • Contact your department's Academic Advisor (contact information included in the Online Orientation)
  • Register for courses online (after receiving your Advising PIN from your Academic Advisor)
    • NOTE: If you have not cleared all of your holds, you will not be able to make an advising appointment.

Optional On-Campus Orientation Sessions

If you would rather attend an orientation program in person, you're welcome to attend one of the on-campus orientations listed below.

Missoula College students are also welcome to attend additional orientation events at the University of Montana once they attend a Missoula College orientation/registration session.

Spring Orientation: January 8, 2019

  • All incoming students are expected to attend a morning informational session on course registration and student support services.  Students will then be split in to advising groups to meet their faculty and complete their academic advising.
  • Register for MC's Spring Orientation here.
  • Schedule of Events
    8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Check-In
    9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Welcome and Info Session
    9:45 a.m. Students break out in to advising groups, meet their advisor, and register for classes.


Summer Session Admits

Incoming students who choose to begin during 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 required to attend an Orientation program. Summer Session students may choose between either Summer or Fall Orientation.

Non-Traditional Freshmen

The University of Montana recognizes your transition may be a bit different. We encourage you to review the schedule of events and attend those sessions that seem relevant to you. While all orientation sessions have value, the two absolutely required of all new students are your academic department advising meeting and the Bystander Intervention Training.

Transfer Students

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 instead.

Post-Baccalaureate Students

Post-baccalaureate students are not required to complete and orientation program. You are able to register for classes on your own, or contact an academic advisor for assistance.