Family Orientation Resources


Academic Advising Q&A

June 18

Student Involvement Q&A

June 19

July 13


Financial Aid Q&A

July 6

July 16

Student Accounts & Billing Q&A

June 20

July 9


Student Success Q&A

June 22

Dining on Campus Q&A

June 23


Spartan Family Connections Q&A

June 25

July 20

Student Health & Wellness Q&A

June 29

July 17

MSU Police & Public Safety Q&A

June 22

July 11

On-Campus Living

July 23

Welcome New Spartan Family/caregiver(s)!

Check out the 2022 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.

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.

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

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