First-Year Student Checklist

Wondering what you need to do during New Student Orientation (NSO) and your transition to MSU? Check your progress!

The NSO experience is organized into a series of five checklist ‘phases’, which will be completed in the following order:

  1. Getting started – complete your pre-Orientation checklist items, which includes submitting the Access & Technology survey, math and writing placement assessments, COVID vaccine verification and other important action items. View the ‘preparing for new student orientation’ checklists below for a more detailed look at the pre-Orientation content.
  2. Complete the D2L Course – students will gain access to our Desire2Learn (D2L) course content starting on November 18. This interactive online module will help students learn more about MSU while identifying key resources prior to the beginning of classes. Students are required to complete all D2L course content by January 2.
  3. Advising & Enrollment – after completing the NSO course module via D2L, students will be able to connect with their academic advisor to schedule an advising appointment. During the appointment, the advisor will communicate with you regarding steps to prepare for the appointment and to enroll in first semester classes. Students must complete the D2L content before gaining access to advising appointment scheduling.
  4. Engagement Opportunities – students, families, and supporters will continue to receive communication from NSO via email newsletters and virtual webinars. These engagement opportunities will provide more important information, next steps, and deadlines as the semester approaches. Optional in-person January New Student Orientation experience offered. Be sure to check your email often to stay informed and on track.
  5. Prepare for Spring 2023 – continue to monitor all MSU communications and respond as necessary. Helpful information will continue to be shared about MSU billing and payment, residential engagement, and other important resources and dates as students transition into the MSU community. Spring semester begins on January 9.
  • Preparing for New Student Orientation (NSO)

  • The NSO Experience

    This NSO Experience is for students entering Spring Semester 2023.
  • During Your First Semester for Off-Campus Students

  • During Your First Semester for On-Campus Students