Additional Information

Orientation Schedules

You may already be familiar with the UMontana App, available for free download in the App Store or Google Play. We recently added a new Orientation and Griz Welcome tile to the UMontana App that will allow you to access the most current schedule of events at any time.  After downloading, just look for the Orientation and Griz Welcome tile!

Find more information on schedules here.


VIG (Very Important Griz)

The University of Montana and Missoula College Undergraduate Admissions Office and the Downtown Missoula Partnership are proud to announce a brand new collaboration with 18 Missoula Downtown Association business partners. Each participating business will be offering special discounts and/or promotions during New Student Orientations.

Find more information on the VIG program here.


Family Weekend

Family Weekend is an annual Fall event that brings together students, their families, and friends for three days of unique UM experiences. Sign up and look for updates in future issues of Griz Family News.  Questions? Call Family Weekend Director Karen Schlatter at 406-243-4191 or email We are excited to have our student’s families here to celebrate with us, GO GRIZ!

Find more information on Family Weekend here.


Student FAQs

Yes. All first-year students are expected to attend New Student Orientation in the fall, in addition to completing Bear Tracks either in person or online. Transfer students are expected to complete their orientation online, and have the option to attend an in person program if they choose.

Every new student will see a $150 new student fee on their first semester's bill. New students are required to pay this even if you only plan to complete an online orientation program. 

Yes. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, move-in and arrival for new students will be staggered across five days, Aug. 12-16, 2020.   UM Housing will be in contact with you at the end of June to assign a specific move-in date and time for you.

Here at UM we register new freshmen in their Academic Core Courses. These are the classes recommended for your academic major or your area(s) of interest. Students will have the opportunity to make adjustments to their schedule at Bear Tracks or over the summer. In order for us to register you in Core Courses you must complete the Pre-Orientation Checklist and My Academics Tasks by the posted deadlines.

Transfer students who complete the online orientation program are able to contact their academic advisor and register for classes at their convenience.

You will receive instructions on your next steps after registering for a Bear Tracks program. Students use their NetID and password to log in to My Academics. Please take your time, read each task carefully and watch the helpful videos.

NOTE: Even if you finish all of the My Academics tasks, we cannot register you in Core Courses if the Health Holds are not cleared and the Health Insurance Election has not been made. Instructions for how to take care of these two items are on the Pre-Orientation Checklist.

Registration Resources

  • Your one-stop shop for access to Cyberbear, Academic Planner, UMConnect Student email and more!
  • Advising Directory: Find the contact information for the primary advising contact for each department.
  • List of Degrees and Majors: Great for locating major or minor requirements for all of UMs programs.
  • Cyberbear Error Messages: Useful information for troubleshooting any error messages you could receive while registering for classes on Cyberbear.
  • Academic Dates and Deadlines: Includes holidays, registration and payment deadlines
  • Course Catalog: Use this to find out major requirements and General Education Requirement information.
  • AP/IB/CLEP: The charts on this site will show you how your credits will transfer

Required Prevention Education Programs

There are a series of required prevention education programs that all students must complete over the course of their time at the University of Montana. Some will be covered at New Student Orientation, some you will complete on your own in your first year of school, others will come at a later time in your education.

For more information, visit the UM Prevention Education Program website.

Financial Education

Make sure to start thinking about your financial future. The Financial Education Program exists to help you make informed financial choices and take action to improve their present and long-term financial well-being.

Contact Information