Prepare to Attend

Because orientation sets the stage for student success, all students must attend a New Student Orientation (NSO) program, unless you meet specific exemption criteria.

If you are going to be late to your NSO date, please contact the Orientation Office and the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) as soon as possible. Note that if you do not attend NSO on your reserved date, MSU reserves the right to cancel or defer your admission.

If you are attending MSU on an H-4 or L-2 Visa, please contact the Orientation Office via email for your New Student Orientation Program options.

Reserve Your New Student Orientation (NSO) Date

Studying outside

Because much of the New Student Orientation (NSO) experience is personalized, it is important that students attend NSO on their scheduled date. If you have any questions regarding your New Student Orientation (NSO), please contact the Orientation Office at 517-355-8490 or at nso@msu.edu.

Placement Tests

Students in lab

Completing your Placement Tests prior to your NSO date will help you and your academic advisor determine the appropriate courses for you to take. You can complete your Placement Tests at home and online or in-person at orientation.

Information including exemptions (ACT/SAT scores, transfer courses, etc.) can be found at the link below.

Math Placement Test Foreign Language Placement Test

Spartan ID Card

Student Group

All Spartans use a student ID card known as their Spartan ID Card. You can upload your Spartan ID Photo prior to your NSO date. You can pick-up your Spartan ID Card at your New Student Orientation. Please bring with you a government issued ID (passport, license, etc.) in order to pick-up your card. See deadlines for submission below.

Photo Submission Deadlines Upload My Photo

Immunization Forms

MSU requires all new undergraduate students to review the immunization status and complete the online Immunization Self-Report Form. Failure to complete the Self-Report Form will affect your ability to enroll and register and future classes.

Complete My Self-Report Form
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