Academic Programs Catalog

Undergraduate Education

New Student Orientation and Transitions

New Student Orientation and Transitions Process

New undergraduate students engage in a comprehensive orientation process designed to support and guide them as they transition to MSU. Because of MSU’s commitment to student success, as a condition of course enrollment, all new undergraduate students are required to attend the New Student Orientation (NSO), an early step in the academic orientation and transitions process.

NSO for new students who enter MSU fall semester takes place in June and July. The program is a day and a half for first-year and one day for transfer students. There is a program in late August for students who are not able to attend a program in June or July. International undergraduate first-year and transfer students on an F1 or J1 visa who enter fall semester complete an online pre-arrival module, attend a mandatory week-long orientation program prior to the start of classes, as well as an extended orientation during the fall semester. International students with other visa types who enter fall semester contact academic orientation and transitions staff to arrange their orientation date. All undergraduate first-year and transfer students who enter spring or summer semester attend a one-day NSO session immediately preceding the first day of classes for that semester.

Prior to attending the New Student Orientation, students take one or more online placement tests. During NSO, new undergraduate students learn about their program of study and MSU’s Undergraduate Learning Goals (ULGs), set their own goals as they think about their purposes and passions, meet with an academic advisor and enroll in courses, and learn about strategies for academic success. They also become familiar with MSU's core values, campus resources, campus life and what it means to be a Spartan. After NSO, the academic orientation and transitions process continues as faculty, academic advisors, other university staff and students collaborate to support our new students as they engage in their undergraduate education. Students discover more about themselves and what they want to study and develop professional abilities associated with the ULGs as they: make connections, stretch themselves, discover their purpose, learn from difference, commit to respect, and take time to reflect.

First-year and transfer students are required to register for the New Student Orientation Program online at Students who do not register for and attend the Academic Orientation Program cannot enroll for classes and may have their admission to the university cancelled.