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Orientation is an exciting event for you and your parents/guardians to learn about campus, hear from university administrators and start preparing for your transition to MSU. Also, during Orientation, you will hear from your academic college and register for your classes – so no need to stress picking out your classes beforehand. You will learn about residence halls and move-in day, meal plans, MSU’s billing cycle, and options on paying your bill. We can’t wait to welcome you into our Bulldog family. 

Meet Your Orientation Leaders

Upcoming Virtual

Freshman August Orientation 2020

This is a one-day session and is the final session for students entering in fall 2020 academic year.


Tentative Schedulefor Freshman August Orientation 2020 on 14 August


Academic Advising and Class Registration

Students are advised and register for their fall classes in a group setting with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Dawg Talk

Students meet with Orientation Leaders virtually to learn about the many services and opportunities available at MSU, while creating new friendships and establishing connections with other incoming students. 

Registrar's Session

The University Registrar will provide an overview of the course registration procedures at MSU, while demonstrating the university's web registration system.

University Billing Cycle

Student accounts are to be paid in full or enrolled in a payment plan, by August 1st for the Fall semesters, or January 1st for the Spring semesters. Payment plans give students the option to disperse the bill over four months. During Orientation, you can learn more about enrolling in a payment plan and how to access your account to do so. 

Cost to Attend



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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I still have to register for an Orientation Session?
    Yes! Registering for Orientation is still the best way to confirm your intent to enroll at MSU. You will also sign-up for classes on the date of your scheduled Orientation session.

  • Do I need to re-register for a virtual session if I already registered for an on-campus session?
    No, there is no need to re-register. Your virtual sessions will take place on the same dates as your original on-campus session dates.

  • The Orientation fees were changed to $40 after I registered and paid the original amount. Will I be refunded the difference?
    Yes! If you previously registered for an on-campus Orientation session we are in the process of refunding the difference in your fees. This can take up to 2 weeks.

  • How will I receive updated information regarding plans for Virtual Orientation?
    Students and Guests will receive more information via email with the next steps and instructions for accessing Virtual Orientation activities. Please check your email regularly!

  • Do I need to do anything prior to my scheduled Orientation date?
    Yes! One week prior to your scheduled Orientation session, you will receive an email with instructions for completing your Pre-Orientation modules through Canvas in your Classroom tab on your MyState Account. Please check your email regularly for instructions and updates. 

  • Since sessions will be offered virtually, why are there still a limited number of students allowed to register for each session?
    We will still limit the number of students able to register for each session in order to provide all students and guests with a great virtual experience. This also helps to make sure our academic colleges and advisors are not overloaded and are able to best assist students during the course scheduling/advising process.

  • Will I receive one-on-one help with scheduling classes? What will the process be like and how long will it take?
    Students will have an academic college meeting during Orientation to discuss their classes and the registration process. There will then be a designated time students can begin registering and can contact their department if they need any help.

  • If I want to take summer classes and change to a summer Orientation session, will I register for both summer and fall classes during that time? Will that session offer all the same information as the other sessions?
    For students wanting to attend the first term summer school, they will need to register for summer school Orientation. During summer school Orientation, students will register for summer courses and fall courses. If a student is planning to start in second term summer school, they can attend summer school Orientation or any of the June sessions. Students only need to attend one Orientation session.

  • Orientation would have been my first time to visit campus. Is there another way I can visit before classes start?
    We are currently offering virtual visit sessions where you can talk to an Admissions Counselor, current MSU student, and even schedule a meeting with your academic college. Sign up here.

  • Will there be a way to connect with other incoming students so I can make friends before classes start?
    During your scheduled Orientation session, we will offer live sessions for students to connect with their assigned Orientation leader and other incoming students. The ZeeMee app is also a great way to connect with incoming students. When classes begin in the fall, there will be a number of ways you can connect with other students, such as Dawg Days. You can also participate in New Maroon Camp before fall classes begin.

  • Will there be an opportunity before move-in day to do a walk-through of my residence hall?
    There are virtual tours of all residence halls on the Housing and Residence Life website. These are great videos. On the website, Housing and Residence Life also has measurements for all the rooms, so if you need measurements, please check there.

  • How will I get my student I.D. without being on campus for Orientation?
    You will be able to upload a photo during the pre-Orientation course, and the I.D. will then be mailed to you.

  • What if I do not have access to the internet?
    For MS residents, the MSU Extension Offices are available for families to access the internet in order to participate in Virtual Orientation activities. Click here for a list of MSU Extension Offices across the state. 
    For out-of-state residents, please contact the Office of Orientation & Events at


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