New Student Orientation

The University of Montana's New Student Orientation provides all the information you need to transition to campus. The orientation and transition experience extends beyond course registration; we deliver relevant and informative programming to prepare students for success.

New Student Orientation is a program for students who have already applied, been admitted and intend to enroll at either UM's Mountain Campus or Missoula College. All incoming first-year and transfer students are expected to complete an orientation program.  

No. 1

Voted Most Innovative Program by the National Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education for Region 1 in 2020.


Students who participated in Bear Tracks and New Student Orientation program in 2019 were retained at a rate 2% higher than the previous year.


More than 30 community businesses and organizations hosted students in 2019 for the inaugural Big Sky Experience.