Transfer Orientation

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. Before attending a New Student Orientation sessions, be sure to complete your Pre-Orientation Checklist.

We recognize that as a transfer student*, you may have already gone through an orientation program and feel rather confident in this transition. We also know that colleges and universities can be very different, so orientation can be an important experience for those who would like a little more insight into the way we do things here. 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. The decision to attend an on-campus orientation program in addition to the online module is entirely yours.

*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 not a transfer student, please visit our Freshman Orientation page instead.

UM Mountain Campus Students

Option 1: Transfer Transition: April 16, 2018

Transfer Transition is an early registration day for students who plan to transfer to the University of Montana Mountain Campus. During the daylong event, students will meet with academic advisors to develop schedules and register for classes. Information will also be available about campus resources, on- and off-campus living options, and the costs and payment choices associated with attending UM.

Benefits of Attending Transfer Transition:

  • This program is entirely free!
  • You will be the first new students to register for classes.
  • Students who attend Transfer Transition do not need to attend a Summer or Fall Orientation, but are more than welcome to.
  • View Orientation Schedules

Registration for Transfer Transition 2019 will open in January. 

Option 2: Online Orientation for Transfer Students

All admitted Transfer students will be registered in the Online Orientation for Transfer Students. Once you complete the program you will be able to register for classes without physically coming to campus. Students who complete the Online Orientation are not required to attend an on-campus Orientation, however, you are welcome to attend either Summer or Fall Orientation.

NOTE: If you do not see this course in your Moodle account, please contact orientation@mso.umt.edu.

Follow these steps to access the online orientation program:

  • 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 "UM Orientation for Transfer Students"
  • 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)

Optional On-Campus Orientation Sessions

For a complete list of on-campus orientation programs, please view our Freshman Orientation page. Additional costs may apply.

Missoula College Students

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.

Fall Orientation: August 23, 2018

  • All Majors Morning Session | 8:00AM - 12:00PM | Registration is Closed
  • General AA Morning Session | 8:00AM - 12:00PM | Registration is Closed
  • General AA Afternoon Session | 12:00PM - 3:00PM | Registration is Closed
  • View Orientation Schedules

Spring Orientation: January 18, 2018

  • All Majors Morning Session | 8:00AM - 12:00PM | 2019 Registration will open in September
  • General AA Afternoon Session | 11:45PM - 4:00PM | 2019 Registration will open in September
  • View Orientation Schedules

Summer Session Students

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.

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.