June 7-8 June 21-22 July 12-13 August 2-3
Freshman Orientation is an introduction to college life at Montana State University Billings. There are three components to our orientation program here at MSU Billings:
- First there is The Virtual Hive program, which is a 90 minute program you complete online in Desire2Learn (D2L) prior to the overnight orientation (instructions on how to access this program are sent to you between the time you sign up for an orientation and before you arrive for the on-campus orientation program).
- The second component is the On-Campus Orientation program, which is the two-day, overnight orientation here on campus. This is an engaging orientation experience where you will meet with students, faculty, and staff. You will also register for your fall courses while here for the on-campus orientation program.
- The third component is The Virtual Hive Post-Orientation program, which is a continuation of the orientation program online in D2L. You will receive access to complete the post-orientation online after you have attended the on-campus orientation program and registered for your fall classes.
The Orientation program 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 during the On-Campus Orientation program. 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 now. Complete the registration form online by selecting the date you wish to sign up for:
June 7-8 June 21-22 July 12-13 August 2-3
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.
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 www.accuplacerpractice.org and select Next-Generation Practice Tests.
Students who have scheduled their Accuplacer test will have priority when reserving their orientation date. To sign up, visit:
msubillings.edu/fye/orientation and select your preferred testing and orientation dates.
**Please note if you have previously completed COMPASS or Accuplacer within the past three years, you do not need to take Accuplacer. Please contact us to make sure we have your scores on file.
Choose from the following testing sessions:
Friday, March 23rd at 3 pm
Friday, April 20th at 3 pm
Tuesday, May 22nd at 3 pm
Friday, June 1st at 9 am
Tuesday, June 5th at 2 pm
Friday, June 15th at 9 am
Tuesday, June 19th at 2 pm
Tuesday, June 26th at 2 pm
Friday, July 6th at 9 am
Tuesday, July 10th at 2 pm
Friday, July 20th at 9 am
Tuesday, July 24th at 2 pm
Friday, July 27th at 9 am
Tuesday, July 31st at 2 pm
Accuplacer testing is also available by individual appointment or remote testing. For more information about these options, students can call the Advising & Career Services at the University at (406) 657-2240 for more information.
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Do I have to attend Freshman Orientation?
Is there a charge for orientation?
Can I bring a friend?
Should parents come to orientation?
Do I have to stay overnight?
I live out of state do I have to attend orientation?
What should I bring to orientation?
Do I have to take a placement exam?
I’ve registered for orientation, now what?
Do I need to stay for the whole orientation program?
Are there on-campus housing accommodations for guests?
When do I pay the orientation fees?
Do I have to pay for parking while attending the overnight orientation?
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
Attn: Admissions & Records
1500 University Dr
Billings, MT 59101
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.