University Freshman Orientation
COMPASS Placement Testing Details
All freshman students must take the COMPASS 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 act.org/compass/sample/.
Students who have scheduled their COMPASS test will have priority when reserving their orientation date.
COMPASS testing is also available by individual appointment or remote testing. Please contact the Advising Center at (406) 657-2240 for more information about these options.
Freshman Student Orientation
- June 6 – 7
- June 20 – 21
- July 11 – 12
- July 25 – 26
- August 8 – 9
Freshman Orientation is a two-day introduction to college life at Montana State University Billings. Orientation 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 orientation and there is a $10 charge.
The deadline for orientation registration is one week prior to the scheduled session. Orientation sessions have limited space.
Parent and Family Orientation
Many parents find it beneficial to attend orientation with their student. During orientation, parents and family members have the opportunity to attend workshops about academic advising, services on campus and financial aid. There is a $25 program fee per parent or guest which includes meals. Parents and guests may stay overnight in the residence halls for $10 per night. Orientation guests can make arrangements to stay on campus by contacting the Housing Office at (406) 657-2333. All fees will be collected at orientation.