Transfer New Student Orientation

Welcome to the University of Montana Family!

We are excited you are choosing to become a Grizzly! Here's some information to help you get started with your transition to campus. 

We recognize that as a transfer student*, you may have already gone through an orientation program and feel rather confident in this transition. We also know that colleges and universities can be very different, so orientation can be an important experience for those who would like a little more insight into the way we do things here.

*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 not a transfer student, please visit our First-Year New Student Orientation page instead.

Transfer Students Beginning in the Fall

Bear Tracks

Bear Tracks is your personalized checklist, and will help move you forward in the onboarding process toward academic advising and course registration.  Keep an eye on your Bear Tracks checklist, as new tasks may be added throughout the spring and summer.  Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 406-243-6266 or admiss@mso.umt.edu with any questions or for assistance logging in.  

Access your Bear Tracks checklist here.

Online New Student Orientation

All transfer students are expected to complete this self-paced online program.  You will learn about course equivalences, UM's general education requirements, how to register for classes, and about a whole host of academic supports and ways to get involved on campus.

Access your Online New Student Orientation with these instructions:

  • Log into your Moodle Account using the Moodle NetID Login*
  • Access "Online New Student Orientation" on the left side in the Orientation tab.
  • Complete all of the required steps and submit the survey at the end.

*NOTE: You can find your NetID using the online Net ID 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).

New Student Orientation - Optional for Transfer Students

AUG. 22 - 26, 2022 - Register Here

Transfer students who complete the Online New Student Orientation and get registered for classes do not need to attend an on-campus orientation program, however, you are welcome and encouraged to join us for the full UM experience! This five-day program, which includes move-in day for students living on campus, will provide an opportunity for you to meet your incoming peers, get to know the campus and the Missoula community, and learn about what it means to be a student at the University of Montana.

New Student Orientation is meant to aid students in a successful social and academic transition to college and will include sessions such as:

- Bystander Intervention Training
- Student-led activities and discussions
- Supporting Your Success sessions about academic support, finances, health, and safety
- Opportunities to meet your academic and social homes on campus     
- and the Big Sky Experience!

Find more information on the in-person New Student Orientation program here.

Transfer Students Beginning in the Spring

Online Bear Tracks

Bear Tracks is a required online program and your first step to becoming a Griz. It’s designed to help you explore academic options, register for courses, and get a head start on other important next steps for college – even before New Student Orientation. It’s also a fun opportunity to get acquainted with the UM community! For more information, please visit the Bear Tracks website.

New Student Orientation

January 13-14, 2022

Students beginning at UM or the Missoula College this spring should plan on attending New Student Orientation January 13-14, 2022 in person on the Mountain Campus.  The official move-in day for students living in the residence halls is Wednesday, January 12, 2022.  View the full schedule of events here.

Summer Session Students

Incoming students who wish to begin classes in the summer should plan on completing their Online New Student Orientation as early as possible, so they can meet with an academic advisor and register for classes on time.  You can find more information about UM Summer on their website.

Post-Baccalaureate Students

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