Parents and Family

Welcome to the University of Montana Family!

We are excited to be a part of your student's transition to college, and we realize families play an important role in this experience.  We invite parents, guardians, spouses and other family to attend certain portions of New Student Orientation. 

You will have the opportunity to meet professional staff and administrators who can answer your questions and provide you with information on student programs and services. You can talk to current students who can give you a realistic idea of college student life. Our program also offers a variety of social events where we extend our casual Montana hospitality.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes!  We would love to have you and any other people who support your student attend a variety of pre-orientation programming.  Families are invited to join their students on the first day of the orientation program.

Here at UM, we pre-register new first-year students in their Academic Core Courses. These are the classes recommended for their academic major or their area(s) of interest. After students complete bear Tracks they will be contacted by their academic advisor, who will arrange a time to meet with them 1-on-1 to review the course schedule they created and provide the opportunity for students to make adjustments.

Students will have the opportunity to connect with academic advisors remotely after they have completed their Online New Student Orientation (spring start) or Online Bear Tracks (fall start).  Additionally, there are sessions built into the New Student Orientation program where students will be able to meet their departments and other incoming peers.  Encourage your student to make a follow-up appointment to meet one-on-one with their advisor during the first few weeks of classes.

Additional Information

  • Visit our Resources page for additional information on travel & accommodations, outdoor trips, and campus contacts.
  • Griz Family News is the official newsletter for families of enrolled students at the University of Montana. This newsletter is published monthly during the academic year and offers useful information and dates for families and students.
  • For more information about the New Student Orientation programs, please visit the First-Year or Transfer Student pages.