What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is a required program for all entering undergraduates at MSU. For Summer I, Summer II and Fall 2020 students, New Student Orientation will be completed online.
See details by using the link under RELATED LINKS that corresponds with your entry term/year at MSU. 

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

Yes. Effective Fall 2015, the MSU Board of Regents authorized a mandatory, one-time $75.00 Student Orientation Fee for all new freshmen and transfer undergraduate students. The fee covers the orientation programming, staffing, technology and materials provided to the incoming student at either the on campus or online orientation. This fee is added to the student's MSU account and is not a fee that must be paid in advance. 

How do you get invited to New Student Orientation?

You do not need a specific invitation to complete New Student Orientation, however, you must be accepted for admission to MSU prior to completing Orientation.

Can parents attend New Student Orientation?

Typically, up to 2 parents or guests are welcome to attend the on-campus Orientation with each student, however, it is NOT required and is $30 per parent/guest. During the New Student Orientation sessions hosted each summer for incoming fall students we host presentations specifically for attending parents. We are in the process of preparing this content to be available virtually, in lieu of the on-campus parent sessions. This content will be free of charge and should be available by early June. Please make sure the student includes the parent contact information (name, phone and email address) in the initial registration page of the student online orientation so we can provide the parent orientation content when it is available.  

I’m a transfer student. Am I required to complete New Student Orientation?

Yes. New Student Orientation is a required program for all entering undergraduates at MSU. New transfer students should complete the online orientation. 

I’m an International student. How do I complete the Orientation requirement?

First, complete Online Orientation. The Online Orientation will cover basic academic, financial and involvement information for new students. Second, attend the Mandatory International Student Meeting on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Additional meeting details will be provided to you by the Global Education Office.

How do I participate in the early advising and registration?

Students new to MSU for the Summer or Fall semesters can begin registration for courses in mid-April! You will need to meet with an Academic Advisor/Academic Counselor first. Go to the Academic Advising at MSU page to make an appointment with your Academic Counselor.

When do classes begin for the Fall 2020 semester?

For most first year students, classes will begin Monday, August 24, 2020. Some graduate and upper level classes may begin on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

Who do I contact with questions about Orientation?

Organizationally, the New Student Orientation Team is within the Admissions Office. For fastest service, please send us an email if you need assistance at orientation@msutexas.edu. Please be sure to include your full name and Mustangs ID number when emailing so we can best assist you. You can also reach us by phone at (940) 397-6284.