Freshman Orientation Options

Welcome to the Griz Family!

Students beginning in the fall will attend both a Bear Tracks Registration Event and Fall New Student Orientation

We are excited you chose to become a Grizzly! Here's some information to help you get started with your transition to campus. The New Student Orientation experience extends far beyond course registration. It provides you an opportunity to become engaged with your classmates and your community, to gain the necessary tools to become a successful student, to understand your new responsibilities as a UM student, as well as gain insight to some of the challenges and opportunities you could face in college.

Be sure to complete the Pre-Orientation Checklist!

UM Mountain Campus Freshman

Fall Admission

Students beginning in the fall will attend both a Registration Event and Fall New Student Orientation

Bear Tracks Registration Events

Registration events are designed to empower students and their families to visit campus in the spring and take care of business ahead of time. 

Students will:

  • meet peers
  • complete academic advising
  • complete course registration
  • engage with faculty
  • pick up their student ID card
  • take care of placement testing
  • finalize their financial aid
  • and much more!  

Attending a Bear Tracks Registration Event is crucial to every student's success.  

Students will leave their Registration Event feeling even more connected to the Griz Family and with their first semester course schedule in hand.

Students and their families have the choice of five Registration Events scheduled throughout the spring.  The program will run from 8 a.m. to roughly 5 p.m. so please plan your travel accordingly.  Additional details will be provided once students are registered.

Please register for one of the following dates:

If you cannot attend one of these programs please contact 

Fall New Student Orientation

Fall New Student Orientation is currently under construction.  New first-year students are expected to attend an experiential orientation program the week prior to the start of classes, Aug. 17-24, 2019.

Spring Admission

New Student Orientation: January 9-10, 2020

Spring Orientation is designed to serve students who are beginning their first semester in January.  This is a two-day program that will allow you to get to know your peers, meet academic advisors and faculty, and familiarize yourself with campus resources and opportunities.

Missoula College Freshman

We have launched a new, online orientation that will walk you through the steps necessary to clear your holds, learn about our registration system, familiarize yourself with campus resources, schedule an advising appointment, and register for classes.

All incoming Missoula College students are encouraged to take the Online Orientation. This is the quickest way you can be advised and register for fall courses, and you do not need to attend an on-campus orientation if you complete the online module and advising ahead of time.

NOTE: Online Orientation will not be available until mid-April.  At that time, if you do not see this course in your Moodle account, please contact

Accessing the Online Orientation

  • You can find your NetID using the online NetID Lookup Tool. If you have never logged in with your NetID, your initial password is the last six digits of your UM ID number (begins with 790).
  • Log into your Moodle Account, (NetID Login)
  • Access "Missoula College UM Online Orientation"
  • Complete Orientation Steps
  • Contact your department's Academic Advisor (contact information included in the Online Orientation)
  • Register for courses online (after receiving your Advising PIN from your Academic Advisor)
    • NOTE: If you have not cleared all of your holds, you will not be able to make an advising appointment.

Optional On-Campus Orientation Sessions

More details to come!


Summer Session Admits

Incoming students who choose to begin during Summer Session are in a unique position. You will need to communicate with your academic department so that you are able to speak with an advisor and complete course registration prior to the times our Orientation programs are regularly scheduled. As an incoming First-Year student, you are required to attend an Orientation program. Summer Session students may choose between either Summer or Fall Orientation.

Non-Traditional Freshmen

The University of Montana recognizes your transition may be a bit different. We encourage you to attend one of the spring Registration Days so you are able to meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.  You will also need to attend Bystander Intervention Training in August, or sometime during your first semester of school.

Transfer Students

To be considered a transfer student, you must have completed 12 semester credits at a college or university, post-high school graduation, and earned at least a 2.0 GPA. College credits earned by students still in high school do not count toward this 12 credit requirement. If you are a transfer student, please visit our Transfer Orientation page instead.

Post-Baccalaureate Students

Post-baccalaureate students are not required to complete and orientation program. You are able to register for classes on your own, or contact an academic advisor for assistance.