First Year Experience

Orientation 2017

 Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation is a two-day introduction to college life at Montana State University Billings. Orientation provides an important campus experience including both academics and student life. In addition to academic advising, class registration, and workshops, you will meet and connect with other freshmen. All students are required to stay overnight in the residence halls. Meals are provided.  There is a $30 charge.


The deadline for orientation registration is one week prior to the scheduled session. Orientation sessions have limited space. Reserve your orientation date (you will also sign up for Accuplacer testing in this form) and Accuplacer placement test time now.


Register for Orientation and Placement Testing


Complete the registration form online by selecting the orientation date you wish to attend:

Accuplacer Placement Testing Details


All freshmen students must take the Accuplacer placement test at least two days prior to attending orientation. Results of this test are used to advise students into the most appropriate writing, mathematics, and reading courses. This test is self-paced. To take a sample test, visit:


You will sign up for a placement test date when you register online for orientation (see registration dates/links above).


Accuplacer testing is also available by individual appointment or remote testing. For more information about these options, please contact City College Jacket Student Central at (406) 247-3019.


**Please note if you have previously completed COMPASS within the past three years, you do not need to take Accuplacer.  Please contact us to make sure we have your Compass scores on file.**


 Parent and Family Orientation


Many parents and Yellowjacket supporters find it beneficial to attend orientation with their students. During orientation, parents and family members have the opportunity to attend workshops about academic advising, services on campus and financial aid. There is a $20 program fee per parent or guest, which includes meals.  Guests may stay on campus for an additional rate of $10 per night.  If Orientation guests want to stay on campus, they can make arrangements by calling the Office of Housing and Residential Life at (406) 657-2333.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to attend Freshman Orientation?

Yes, all new freshman are required to attend orientation.

Is there a charge for orientation?

Yes, there is a $30 charge for accommodations and meals. 

Can I bring a friend?

Guests are permitted at orientation. There is a $20 program fee per parent or guest.  Guests may stay in the residence halls for an additional $10 per night.

Should parents come to orientation?

It is strongly encouraged, but not required. We will be offering a variety of workshops including information specifically for parents and families. You will have your fill of great food, fun times, and important information as well as have face-to-face meetings with key administrators, faculty, and staff who will be working for your student’s success every day. Please join us during the two-day orientation program and become a member of the Yellowjacket family! For more information about Parent and Family Orientation, please contact Jeff Rosenberry at or 406-657-2376.

Do I have to stay overnight?

Yes, all orientation attendees must stay overnight in the residence halls.  If you are not able to stay overnight, extenuating circumstances may be approved by submitting a written request to be exempt from the overnight requirement be emailing Tara Haupt at  

I live out of state. Do I have to attend orientation?

We hope to see all students at orientation. However, If you live in a state that does not neighbor Montana, you are exempt from attending the summer Freshman Orientation.

What should I bring to orientation?

There will be a lot of walking so you will want to bring comfortable shoes. Also bring a photo ID, overnight bag (change of clothes, toiletries, etc.), and an alarm clock. Items provided in every room: sink, sheets, towels, pillows.

Do I have to take a placement exam?

All incoming freshmen will need to take the Accuplacer placement test at least two days prior to orientation. 

I’ve registered for orientation, now what?

You will receive your confirmation via email. Make sure to look for updates in your inbox throughout the summer, and be sure to check your spam or junk folder in your email.

Are there on-campus housing accommodations for guests?

Yes. To reserve a room, contact the Housing Office at (406) 657-2333.

When do I pay the orientation fees?

Payment for orientation fees will be arranged at check-in. Please do not send money before.

I have some college credit earned. Where should I send my college transcript?

If you took classes at…


MSU Billings: We have your records on file. You do not need to send a college transcript.


Another institution: Please send your transcript(s) to

City College
Attn: Admissions & Records
3803 Central Avenue
Billings, MT 59102

Please send a copy of your transcript before orientation so an advisor can evaluate your credits before you register for classes. If your grades have not posted yet, an unofficial transcript can be used in the meantime.