Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, all incoming first-year and transfer students should complete Bear Tracks in order to meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

First-year students: Yes, you are required to attend the five-day orientation program the week before classes begin in August, or the two-day program before classes begin in the spring.

Transfer students: No, you are not required to attend orientation in the fall or spring as long as you complete bear Tracks and get registered for classes.  You are absolutely welcome and encouraged to attend the in-person program though, as it is a great way to become familiar with campus and your peers.

The Big Sky Experience is a multi-day community immersion project that all incoming students attending New Student Orientation in August will participate in as part of the five-day program.  Students will have some choice in which specific site they are assigned to, and will remain with that group and peer leader for the duration of the program.  See past campus and community partners here.

Every new student will see a $150 new student fee on their first semester's bill. Transfer students are required to pay this even if you do not plan to attend the in-person program.

Yes. Keep an eye out for more information from UM Housing regarding arrival and move-in.

Yes, please do!  Families are always invited to attend the opening Welcome and a variety of special activities and sessions on the first day of the program in both fall and spring.  Sessions families are invited to attend are marked with an * in the posted schedules.

Here at UM, we register new first-year students 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 during a one-on-one meeting after completing Bear Tracks. In order for us to register you in Core Courses, you must complete all necessary tasks in Bear Tracks.

Transfer students who complete Bear Tracks will be contacted by their academic advisor to set up an appointment, during which they will register for classes.