Upcoming New Student Orientation Programs

Soon you will be participating in New Student Orientation (NSO)! Michigan State University is committed to helping you achieve your goals. By preparing for and participating in your orientation, you will begin to learn more about your campus community and the resources to be a successful Spartan.

Spring 2022 information coming soon.

Our Summer New Student Orientation (NSO) experience is designed to welcome all students beginning in the Fall semester and their family/caregiver(s) to the MSU Community. First-Year, Transfer, and International students all come together to participate in this orientation experience with the opportunity to engage with information and resources geared towards their individual needs.

Orientation group

Fall Semester Admitted Students

Your Fall New Student Orientation experience will take place in phases virtually with asynchronous and synchronous components. This orientation experience is for new students beginning their Spartan career in the Fall semester. Students will learn about specific College requirements, academic success tips and helpful resources, and begin to build community with other new Spartan students. Students will also meet one-on-one with an academic advisor to discuss and enroll in courses. Students are invited to participate in live webinars and orientation group engagement opportunities hosted throughout the summer.

Check out our Fall NSO Emails that have been sent to all students.


Your Fall NSO Experience (Fall Semester Admitted Students)

Your Fall New Student Orientation experience will take place in phases that will occur virtually but consist of synchronous and asynchronous components.

Your first part of the Fall NSO experience will be available on May 17, 2021 in Desire2Learn, or D2L. This asynchronous content will help prepare you for the rest of your NSO experience and beginning your first semester.

In D2L, you will also review information about your College/major that will prepare you for your academic advising appointment. Once you complete your D2L content, you will be able to get more information about your virtual academic advising appointment. Your College will send you more information about your academic advising appointment via your MSU email once you have completed your D2L content.

NSO will also be offering live webinars and orientation group engagement opportunities throughout the summer that we invite you to participate in. Webinars will be held throughout the summer at different times on both week and week end days to find a time that works best for you. Your Spartan Leader, a current MSU student, will be reaching out to facilitate group engagement opportunities where you can meet other new Spartans. Check your MSU email for more information about these opportunities.


What should I consider when registering for NSO? 

In order to register you must submit your Advanced Enrollment Deposit to Michigan State. Note that participation in NSO and completion of the NSO experience is required. The 2021 NSO Experiences are completely different than experiences we have offered in the past. If you have questions about the NSO experience, please review the information on our website or contact us with your questions.


Next Steps:

  1. Register for your New Student Orientation
  2. Prepare for your NSO Experience
  3. Complete your Checklist
  4. Check your MSU email for NSO communications
  5. Complete your New Student Orientation and begin your journey as a Spartan


We also recommend connecting with the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) and the English Language Center (ELC)!