Family Orientation

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 New Student Orientation. 

Attendees have the opportunity to meet professional staff and administrators who provide support services on campus. Our staff will 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 the first part of orientation.  During fall New Student Orientation at the University of Montana families are encouraged to attend on the first day to assist with move-in and to attend a few events to get all of your questions answered.  After the first day, students will be on their own in small groups of about 20 of their peers, led by an upper class current student.

Here at UM we pre-register new freshmen in their Academic Core Courses. These are the classes recommended for their academic major or their area(s) of interest. This will begin in the spring, and students will have the opportunity to adjust their classes when they attend Bear Tracks or complete it online. In order for us to register students in their Core Courses they must complete Bear Tracks and My Academics Tasks by the posted deadlines.

After registering for a Bear Tracks registration event, students will receive an email with instruction on accessing My Academics.  Students use their NetID and password to log in to My Academics. Please encourage your student to take their time, read each task carefully and watch the helpful videos.  My Academics must be completed in order for the student to leave Bear Tracks with their courses scheduled.

Students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and advisors from their academic departments during Orientation. Encourage your student to make a follow-up appointment to meet one-on-one with their advisor during the first few weeks of classes.

Absolutely! The official move-in day is on Monday, August 24, 2020.  UM Housing will be in contact with your student to assign a specific move-in time for that day.

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 Freshmen or Transfer Student pages.