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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. 


Upcoming Virtual

Virtual Spring Orientation

This will be a virtual event.

Tentative Schedulefor Virtual Spring Orientation on 4 January


Academic Advising and Class Registration

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

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

  • 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

  •  I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa, but that session is full. What should I do?
    Phi Theta Kappa members can register for any available transfer Orientation sessions.

  • 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 in a group setting during Orientation to discuss academic college expectation, classes and the registration process. There will then be a designated time during Orientation where students will be released and escorted in a group to register for their classes. During this time academic advisors will be assisting students with course registration in a group setting.  

  • 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.

  • Will there be a way to connect with other incoming students during Transfer Orientation so I can make friends before classes start?
    During your scheduled Orientation session, we will offer a variety of sessions where you will have the opportunity to interact with other incoming transfer students. 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 their website, Housing and Residence Life also has measurements for all the rooms, so if you need measurements, please check there.

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