First Year Experience

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September 6: Residence Halls Open
September 8: New Student Day
September 9: Classes Begin
September 14: Student Org Fair
September 15, 16: Part-Time Job Fair 

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New Student Day

Mark your calendars for New Student Day on September 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. You will have an opportunity to connect with faculty, learn more about your academic program and hear some great tips for success as you kick off your first semester. Watch for more details soon or reserve your spot today by e-mailing your name and major to Tammi Watson.

Need a reminder of where your classes are?  Print your class schedule and join a campus tour on September 8 leaving from Petro Theatre at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

Sign up for MSUB Alerts

Now is the perfect time to sign up for MSUB Alert. You’ll get a text message notification in the event of an emergency or severe weather conditions. Parents, you can sign up for MSUB Alert, too. Use the Community enrollment option.


Sign up here.


Park It

We know you’ll love being as prepared as possible for your first semester. So complete one task right away and avoid the hassle of standing in line by purchasing a parking permit online. You’ll need a permit to grab one of MSUB’s nearly 2,500 parking spots on the university campus and just about 700 spots on the City College campus. Just log into MyInfo and click on the “Parking Services” tab to get started. Remember to have your license plate number handy!

You Want It, You Got It

Anything you want, you can get it from the First Year Experience Web site. Learn academic strategies, view semester checklists, meet staff who can help you, get tips from current students and more!

Live on Campus

Close. Convenient. Affordable. We’re talking about the MSUB residence halls. MSUB freshmen who live on campus are 16 percent more likely to return for their second year of college compared to those who live off campus, according to MSUB Admissions & Records. It’s not too late to live on campus! Call Housing & Residential Life at (406) 657-2333 to reserve your room in a residence hall.

Go Play!

You’ve heard of the Freshman 15, and here’s a way to avoid it from the start! Rec Activities has intramural sports all of fall semester. You’ll have your choice of ultimate disc, volleyball, co-ed softball, men’s and women’s flag football and more! There are even ping pong and dodgeball tournaments! Call Rec Activities at (406) 657-2881 or visit their website with questions or for more information.

Need Help Paying for College?

Be financially ready for the 2015-16 academic year by submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Remember, the MSU Billings code is 002530. Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at (406) 657-2188 with questions or concerns.

Jacket Fact

Although MSU Billings (then called Eastern Montana State Normal School) was established on just a few acres of land in 1927, it spreads over 98 acres on multiple campus locations today.


Contact "The Buzz"

Send questions, comments or ideas to Michelle Schrauder.

Summer 2015

Welcome, New Yellowjackets!

This academic year belongs to you! The talented and dedicated faculty and staff of MSU Billings are ready to help, guide, teach and encourage you. Your success is our top priority.


The decisions you make at MSU Billings will shape the opportunities available to you upon graduation. If you are successful here, many exciting opportunities will await your graduation. How can you build a portfolio of achievement to maximize your opportunities? The supporting, caring individuals in Academic & Career Services are available to assist you in obtaining your goals!


In order to assist you, we need you to consider and act on the following:

Commit yourself to a plan to (if possible) take 15 credits each academic term - and then stick to your plan.


Employers and graduate and professional schools look for evidence that you have complemented your formal education with other experiences including travel, work,  internships and leadership roles on campus that demonstrate your ability to work in groups,  to meet deadlines and to communicate effectively. The staff in Advising & Career Services can help you think about what you can do to make yourself marketable to prospective internship supervisors and employers, pairing that with your intended major.


You can make your years at MSU Billings exciting, challenging and rewarding.  Here you will find hundreds of faculty and staff excited about helping you develop your talents. And you will have many exciting opportunities to choose from as graduation nears.


We are excited to join you in your pursuit of academic excellence, and are happy to have you part of the Yellowjacket family!


Go Yellowjackets!

Dr. Joe Oravecz,
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Show Us Your Summer

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We want to see your summer highlights! Share your summer experience by entering MSUB’s social media photo contest now through August. It’s open to everyone!


Participants have a chance to win an Apple iPad mini, along with many other prizes and giveaways. Just follow and like MSU Billings on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter and share your summer experience with us using hashtag #MSUBsummer.



If you submit photos of you or others wearing MSUB gear, you can receive a free MSUB T-shirt from our campus store, Jackets & Co., just by emailing us.



What to Bring to College

A backpack, bedding and as many clothes as you can fit in one car are probably already on your packing list for college and residential life. While you’re scouring what-to-pack-for-college checklists, we wanted to add our two cents. These are things you may not think of now but sure will be glad to have come September:

  • A fun throw blanket to stay cozy when you’re up late studying.
  • Cough drops. When the seasonal cold bug arrives on campus, you’ll be glad you’re prepared.
  • Multivitamins, so your immune system can fight off whatever that guy who sits next to you in math class is sneezing from!
  • Yoga mat. Make sure you’re taking time to recharge and practice self-care during this new phase of your life.
  • A nice jacket or blazer for when you have a class presentation or job interview.
  • Snacks! Trail mix is a great, healthy choice to keep your energy consistent during class, working out, or meeting new friends.

Part-Time Job Fair

Pad your pockets with some extra money from a part-time job this school year. Don’t have a job yet? No worries! Attend the two-day Part-Time Job Fair on September 15 and 16 from 10:30 to 1:30. Twenty to thirty employers will be at City College the first day, and at University Campus in the SUB the next day. You won’t even have to drive to the other campus to meet employers!

These businesses want to hire MSUB students, and they’ll work around your class schedule. Dress professionally and bring your résumé so you’re prepared to network with employers. You might even land an interview that same day. Find out more onCareerLink.


Need someone to proofread your résumé and offer helpful tips beforehand? Visit with Advising & Career Services in McMullen Hall and Library 100. Résumé and cover letter help is free for MSUB students!