Transfer New Student Orientation

Welcome to the University of Montana Family!

We are excited you chose to become a Grizzly! Here's some information to help you get started with your transition to campus. Before completing New Student Orientation be sure to complete your Pre-Orientation Checklist.

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.

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.

Complete your Online Bear Tracks tasks today by logging in to Moodle and accessing the Spring Bear Tracks course.  Contact if you need any assistance.

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.  Stay tuned for more details!

Register for Spring New Student Orientation here.

Students Beginning in the Fall

Transfer New Student Orientation

Details coming spring 2022

This online orientation 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. Once you complete the program you will be able to register for classes without physically coming to campus.

Students who complete the online orientation do not need to attend an on-campus program but are invited to join if they would like.

NOTE: If you do not see this course in your Moodle account by that time, please contact

Optional In-Person New Student Orientation

August 22-26, 2022

Students who complete the online orientation do not need to attend an on-campus orientation program, however, you are welcome and encouraged to join us for the full UM experience! 

The New Student Orientation experience extends beyond course registration. It provides you an opportunity to learn about all the wonderful things we have to offer outside the classroom, the tools we have to help you be a successful student, as well as your new responsibilities as a UM student. We encourage all new students to join us on campus for our orientation sessions.

You can find more information about New Student Orientation 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.