Frequently Asked Questions

What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is a required program for all entering undergraduates at MSU. For students new to MSU for the Fall semester, there are two options for orientation. 

  1. All students participate in either Early Orientation or Regular Orientation. This is the business session addressing student transition and enrollment topics. Students participating in Early Orientation are eligible for early advising and registration.
  2. Students meet with an Academic Counselor and register for classes PRIOR to attending their Early Orientation Session.

**New Distance Education students and Transfer students have the option to complete their orientation requirement online. A Transfer student is defined as a student who has completed 18 college credit hours AFTER high school graduation.

How do you get invited to New Student Orientation?

All entering undergraduate students (including distance education students and transfer students) for the Fall, Summer I or Summer II 2019, who have been accepted for admission to MSU, will receive an invitation by mail and email to register for Early Orientation starting in April.

Is there a fee for a student to attend New Student Orientation?

There is a $75 fee that is added to the student's account for new student orientation. The student fee covers the orientation programming, student staffing, meals, and materials provided to the student at their orientation session.

Can parents attend Early Orientation?

Parents are welcome to attend orientation, however, it is NOT required. There is a series of presentations especially for parents during Early Orientation in the summer. Any parents/guests attending Early Orientation should RSVP and pay the parent/guest fee ($30) for Early Orientation at the same time as their new student.

What is the parent/guest fee?

The parent/guest fee covers the cost of the orientation programming, student staffing, meals, and materials given to the parent at the orientation session.

Can I stay overnight on campus for Early Orientation?

The Early Orientation sessions and Regular Orientation sessions are one day programs. Overnight accommodations for the orientation sessions will not be provided on campus. However, if you choose to stay overnight, there are nearby hotels close to campus that offer discounted rates to MSU students.

I’m a transfer student. Am I required to attend Early Orientation?

All new MSU students are required to participate in orientation. Transfer students can attend an in-person session --  Early Orientation, Summer Orientation or Fall Orientation -- or complete their orientation online.

I’m an international student, and I won’t be in the U.S. until after all the Early Orientation events have passed. Do I have to wait for Fall Orientation?

International Students have the option to complete New Student Orientation online. International students will also participate in a general orientation just prior to the beginning of fall classes. Registration for the event is coordinated through International Services, and students will be advised and register for classes before the event.

Is there a deadline for signing up for Early Orientation?

Yes. Early Orientation deadlines are two weeks prior to each event OR when the session has reached capacity. Students who register after the deadline must do so over the phone, as there will be a $20 late fee assessed (for the student’s registration only).

How do I RSVP for Early Orientation?

The link for to sign up for Early Orientation will be open in April. A credit card payment or webcheck is required for parent registration at the time of registration. (We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.)

Why should I participate in Early Orientation?

Early Orientation is intentionally designed to help make MSU feel like home, and to ensure our students have all the tools they need for success. Some of the things you are likely to experience:

  • Campus Connections: Interact with student leaders and student affairs professionals.
  • New Opportunities: Explore a variety of options to meet new people, join exciting organizations, develop leadership skills, and much more!!
  • The Upper Hand: Learn about MSU traditions, upcoming events, and develop a keen sense of campus knowledge and awareness.
  • Family Support: For our sessions offered during the summer, aside from the student track, a separate program is tailored for parents, guardians, and guests.
  • Keys to Success: It’s a proven fact that students who attend Early Orientation have higher first semester grade point averages than those who do not attend.

How do I participate in the early advising and registration?

Students new to MSU in the Fall semester can begin registration for courses in mid April. Most first year students will be seen by a professional advisor in your college. Go to the Academic Advising at MSU page to make an appointment with your Academic Counselor!

It is important to note that many advisors offer phone or Skype appointments for advising before your Early Orientation session. Students who take advantage of these opportunities often enjoy greater opportunities for choice of classes and times.

What if I cannot stay the whole time at an in-person session? What if I can’t attend a Early Orientation session?

If you register for Early Orientation, please expect to be there from 9am to 5:30pm. You are expected to stay the duration of the day to complete your orientation requirement. If you cannot attend an early orientation session, please plan to attend a regular orientation session instead. If you do not meet your orientation requirement, you will be dropped from the courses you are registered for.

When do classes begin for the Fall semester?

For most first year students, classes will begin Monday, August 26. Some graduate and upper level classes may begin on Saturday, August 24.

When should I plan to move to Wichita Falls for fall semester 2019?

University housing is open for early move-in on Saturday, August 17. For Fall 2019, early move-in is on a Saturday so that students can attend Mustangs Roundup the following week. Mustangs Roundup is the entire week before classes start and is designed to help new students acclimate to their new home, friends, school and the Mustangs Way.

Where do we go for the Early Orientation? Where do we park when we get to campus?

Check-in for orientation programs is located in the Clark Student Center Atrium. For driving directions to Wichita Falls and the Clark Student Center, visit the Maps page on When you arrive, signs around campus will direct you to parking lots and the check-in tables.