Family Orientation Resources

Welcome New Spartan Family/caregiver(s)!

While we are not able to see you in person on campus for the Family Orientation Program, we hope that you are able to get your questions answered by reviewing the below content. We have curated the information we think you may have the most questions about and are excited to share that content in new ways.

Check out the 2021 NSO Family Resource Guide for some helpful information!

The virtual resources section includes content from information sessions our campus partner offices would have presented if the program could have been in person. We also ask that you complete the surveys to tell us what additional information you need to have a successful transition to MSU for both you and your student.

Please contact us if you have questions – we’re here to help!

Virtual Resources

We have gathered various information and resources from campus partners. Click the title of the topic listed below to view more specific information about the topic. There may be additional links included in the brief description underneath each title.

We would love your thoughts about our virtual resources and your virtual experience! Leave us your feedback in our Virtual Resources Survey


Academic Advising

Learn more about the role of an academic advisor, how academic advising will work for your student when they attend their orientation date, MSU degree requirements, and helpful resources.


Capital Area Transportation Authority: CATA

CATA is the bus transportation system for the greater Lansing area, including MSU’s campus. Follow the link to learn more about riding the bus, facts about CATA, and a instructions you can share with your student as they prepare to come to campus.


Health & Wellness

Hear from MSU representatives from the Health & Wellness team about resources for your student to stay healthy and well while they are on campus. This video is full of helpful tips you can share with your students as they prepare to come to campus and while they are here.


Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

Learn more about the Lansing area and the many fun things offered near campus. Want to plan a visit? Visit their MSU Orientation visitor page for families to find some fun things to do in the Lansing area.


MSU Police Department

Hear from one of the Captains at the MSUPD about important student safety information and tips. After watching this video, you will know information about the department, how MSUPD is a resource to the community, and ways in which you can partner with them for your student’s safety.


Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC)

Introduce yourself to one of the Neighborhood Directors for Student Success on campus. By engaging in this resource, you will learn tips for best supporting your student as they start their journey at MSU. The NSSC has also put together a First Generation video resource. Click the accompanying script if needed.


Office for Civil Rights: Our Commitment 

Hear from campus representatives from the Office for Civil Rights, Office of Institutional Equity, and Prevention, Outreach and Education department. After watching this video, you will know how each of these offices can help your students, how they help MSU create a culture of safety and respect for all students, and the different training(s) your student will participate in when classes begin.


Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS)

Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) provides students with a home away from home. In this presentation you will learn everything from what is in the residence halls to how we take care of students with food allergies. To learn more visit our website at and be sure to join our Facebook group, Housing and Dining at Michigan State – Parents and Guardians.


Textbook Information: Spartan Bookstore

Part One: As your student prepares for their first semester, you both may have questions about textbooks and how to get them. Learn more about the different options for textbooks and recommendations for renting vs. purchasing textbooks from the Spartan Bookstore, our on campus bookstore.

Part Two: Continue learning from the Spartan Bookstore about buying used vs. new textbooks, digital books vs. physical books, access codes, how to find textbooks both in the store and online, the differences between required, recommended, and suggested books listed on a course syllabus, and the additional items that can purchase from their store.

You can pre-register your Spartan Bookstore book rental account ahead of time to get through the checkout line faster. Visit Visit and enter your email on this web page to get information from this presentation and a 30% off one item coupon you or your student can use online or in-person on campus!

Still Looking for More?

Check out some additional resources below!

ASMSU: ASMSU stands for Associated Students of Michigan State University, a student governing body on campus. See all of the ways students can get involved and engage with ASMSU.

Career Services Network: Learn more about our Career Services Network and the many ways that they can assist students.

Eat at State – CulinaryHear from Culinary Services about the many dining options across campus, learn about meal plans, combo-x-changes, nutrition and allergy information, and additional information.


Go for the Green: Financial Literacy Information for Families: Learn more information you can share with your student to be financially successful at MSU.

MSU Broad Art Museum: Learn more about the MSU Broad Art Museum.

MSUFCUHear from representatives from MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) about how they can assist Spartan students with their finances.

MSU Museum: Learn more about one of the museums located just north of the Main Library on campus. Check out their virtual resources and learning page on their website for opportunities to engage from a distance.

MSUPDLearn more from our MSU Police Department!

MSU SustainabilityLearn about the long history and many achievements of MSU’s sustainability initiatives.

Office of the Ombudsperson: Hear from our University Ombudsperson as well as their role on campus and how they assist students.

Parent and Family DevelopmentLearn more about how, as family/caregiver(s), you are an important part of MSU’s mission and how you can participate in this network.

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD)Learn more about the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities – who they are, what they do for students, and how to get involved. You can also learn more about their signature programs.

Residential & Hospitality Services (RHS) Employment: Is your student thinking about employment opportunities? Check out the great opportunities for students to work right on campus with the Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) team! Check out their Guide for Working on Campus

University Activities Board (UAB): The University Activities Board (UAB) is MSU’s student-run programming board here to bring free events to our Spartan community! UAB assists family/caregiver(s) of students by sharing helpful information about furnishing student rooms and opportunities to send care packages throughout the year. Check out the UAB infographic to learn more about how students can get involved with UAB through attending our events or joining their organization as a member

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