The Billings Outpost

3 orientation sessions remain at MSU Billings

MSU Billings News Services

Orientation and registration sessions for the fall 2014 semester at Montana State University Billings are under way and will continue through the summer.

MSU Billings began offering overnight, adult, transfer and international student orientations starting in June.

“The purpose of freshman orientation at MSUB is to ensure that new students have a successful transition and integration into college life,” said Tammi Watson, director of new student and retention services.

All incoming high school seniors who are attending the four-year campus or City College in the fall semester are required to participate in an overnight orientation session.

This mandatory orientation serves as an introduction to the campus and affords students the opportunity to meet other freshman, faculty and staff before they begin their journey at MSUB. Students can also get help with advising, financial aid and registration.

“Freshman orientation is what we feel is the first step into what a student will experience over his or her next four years in college,” said Kurt Laudicina, assistant director of First Year Experience and Retention. “It’s important for students to be academically and socially integrated into college, and freshman orientation helps build that foundation early.”

Emma Guyer, a senior education major, will be a student leader at orientation for her third time this summer. She said her freshman orientation started her on her path as a college student.

“It was an awakening experience, and I remember the moment when I thought ‘Oh, I’m a college student,’” Guyer said. “I gained such valuable information and met some of my best friends.”

Overnight sessions will be offered for freshman students and their families on the following remaining dates: July 10-11; July 24-25; and Aug. 7-8.

MSU Billings orientations this summer are not only targeted for new students who are transitioning from high school to college, but will include specialized sessions for transfer students and adult learners.

These students can participate in orientation at either the City College campus or the university campus, depending on their four-year or two-year degree options. Adult and transfer orientations will be Aug. 12 and Aug. 15.

To reserve your spot at any of the orientation sessions listed above, visit www.msubillings.edu/fye/orientation or call the Office of New Student and Retention Services at 406-657-2888.

The Office of International Studies and Outreach will welcome international students to MSU Billings with an orientation session Aug. 25-28. International students may call 657-1705 for more information.

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