We are excited you chose to become a Grizzly! Here’s some information to help you get started with your transition to campus.
The UM Orientation experience extends beyond course registration; It will prepare you for your transition to campus. We work to keep programming as relevant and informative as possible.
The University of Montana offers a special registration opportunity for our transfer students called Advising and Registration for Transfer students (ART). Through ART you will be able to complete an online Orientation module that will prepare you to register for your classes without coming to campus. Orientation programs will email you information about the ART program in April, and you will be able to complete your advising and course registration in early May. However, you are still required to attend one of the Orientation programs listed below.
Transfer Transition is an early registration day for students who plan to transfer to the University of Montana. During the daylong event, students will meet with academic advisors to develop schedules and register for classes. Information will also be available about campus resources, on-campus and off-campus living options, and the costs and payment options associated with attending UM. Registration for this program will be available in March, and students who attend Transfer Transition are not required to attend a Summer or Fall Orientation.
Summer Orientations are designed to provide you with an early on-campus experience while interacting with your future classmates and experiencing campus life. You will experience small group meetings with academic departments, workshops led by student services staff, and interact with current students. Summer Orientations are a lot of fun and give you the chance to be on campus during the beautiful Missoula summer.
Fall Orientation is designed for students who choose not to attend either Summer Orientation or Transfer Transition. This allows students to get the same important transitional information, while making only one trip to Missoula right before classes begin.
Spring Orientation is for students who will begin attending UM in the Spring of 2013. You do not need to register for this program, and we will send you further information in early December!
Transfer students will receive an email from Orientation programs in late November with information about the Transfer Student Online Orientation module. After you have completed this online orientation, you will have the opportunity to register for your Spring courses prior to attending your physical Orientation.
Wednesday, January 22
|3 p.m. - 6 p.m.||Early Check-in|
|Thursday, January 23|
|7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Orientation Check-In|
|8 a.m.||Campus Tour|
|9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.||Orientation Opening Meeting|
|9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.||Getting Ready to Register (Freshmen)|
|9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.||Transfer Student Academic Major Meetings|
|10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.||Freshmen Academic Major Meetings|
|11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||Pre-Professional Advising|
|11:10 a.m.||Campus Tour|
|Noon||Music Theory Assessment|
|12 p.m. - 3 p.m.||Walk-in Schedule Building & Registration Assistance|
|1 p.m. - 2 p.m.||Writing Assessment Challenge|
|2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.||Choose a Workshop Sessions|
|Friday, January 24|
|8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Pick Up Writing Assessment Results|
|11:10 a.m.||Campus Tour|
|Noon||Non-Traditional Student Workshop|
|1 p.m.||Money Matters Workshop|
|2 p.m. - 4 p.m.||Bank Exposition/Student Services Fair|
|3 p.m.||American Indian Student Meeting|
|4 p.m.||Schedule of Classes Tour|
|6 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Campus Recreation Open House|
Optional Housing, Meals, Outdoor Recreation & Family Program
We have some optional choices for accommodations & recreation during Summer Orientations
- Housing is available for freshmen, family members and transfers students.
- All rooms are double-occupancy with two single beds. Single rooms are not available. A roommate will be assigned. Families who attend with their spouse will be housed together. Parents attending alone will be housed with another parent.
- Bed linens, a pillow and a set of towels are provided. Please note, the residence halls are not air conditioned.
- On-campus housing is limited, so we encourage you to register early.
- The housing rate is $37.00 per person per night and includes breakfast and lunch during the Orientation program. Housing must be paid in advance when registering for Orientation online.
Payment is non-refundable.
We provide a free continental breakfast in the University Center during the Summer Orientations.
For lunch, choose either or both of the options offered by UM’s international award-winning UM Dining. If you choose to stay in the residence halls during Orientation, lunch is included in that price. Do not purchase lunch tickets for yourself if you are staying the residence halls.
Day One Lunch - Taste of the Food Zoo. The Food Zoo is located in the Lommasson Center. This all-you-care-to-eat buffet style restaurant is the main dining room for resident students. Here we are proud to offer an ever-changing choice of entrees, homemade soups, extensive salad bar, daily pastas, gourmet pizzas and daily vegetarian selections including vegan options, fresh fruit and delicious desserts ($8.75)
Day One Dinner – Take the University’s free shuttle bus to explore downtown Missoula and dine in one of our amazing restaurants. Businesses who are members of the Missoula Downtown Association will be offering dining discounts for Orientation participants!
Day Two Lunch - UM Farm to College Highlights. Please join us at the Food Zoo and enjoy featured items from the UM Farm to College Program. This program features a wide variety of fresh locally grown produce, dairy and meat products. The UM Farm to College Program: Strengthen your economy, support your community and TASTE the difference ($8.75)
We are happy to offer an Orientation Family Program that runs concurrently with the new transfer student program.
Please visit the Family Orientation page for more information.
Steps Before Orientation
Log into your UMConnect Student Email account, and check it regularly. UMConnect serves as the official means of communication between students and the University of Montana, including information about registration, tuition and fees notifications, urgent announcements, notices from President Engstrom and the UM administration. This is a very important step, as we will send you multiple significant emails throughout the pre-Orientation process. If you prefer to forward this email to your personal account, you have that option, as well. View instructions on how to forward your UMConnect email.
To log into your UMConnect account, you will need to use your NetID, which you can find by clicking the “What’s my NetID” link below the login. You initial password will be the last six digits of your Student ID Number (begins with 790, and located on your acceptance letter).
Before you can register for classes you need to verify that there are no holds on your student account. To check your hold status:
- Log into your CyberBear account, using your NetID as your username. You can find your NetID using the online NetID lookup tool. If you have never logged in with your NetID, your initial password is the last six digits of your UM ID number (begins with 790).
- If you experience NetID login problems please contact the IT Central Help Desk at (406) 243-HELP (x4357) Mon – Fri 8 am – 5 pm MST.
- Next, click on the top link that says “Student Services” followed by “Student Records” and then “View Holds”.
The most common student account hold is a Health Hold. If you have a Health Hold the Curry Health Center needs a completed Medical Requirement Form as well as verifiable documentations of your immunizations. If you have any questions please contact the Curry Health Center directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 243-4330.