Family Orientation Program FAQs

Registration FAQs

How do I register for Family Orientation?

You can register your email address for information about Family Orientation on our Family Orientation Registration page. You will need your student’s APID number to register. When you register, fill in the information needed and you will receive a confirmation email upon completing your sign up.

Do I need to register for Family Orientation?

While we prefer that all participants register, you do not need to register in order to participate in the Family Orientation. It is helpful to register so that we have your contact information and can share any updates or important links/resources with you via email prior to and after the Family Orientation.

Program Specific FAQs

Who is the Family Orientation for?

Our Family Orientation Program is a free program designed for family/caregiver(s) of new students. All sessions offered during Family Orientation are designed to give family/caregiver(s) information and tools to help their students be academically successful.

Where can I find information about Family Orientation?

You can find the most accurate information on our website on the Upcoming Family Orientations page. Please keep in mind that we may have information about multiple Family Orientation opportunities for students entering MSU at different times.

What if I am a family/caregiver(s) of a new international student?

If you are a family/caregiver(s) of a new international student, you are welcome to participate in all of the opportunities we offer!  We also recommend connecting with the Office for International Students and Scholars for additional information pertinent to international families.

Where can I find communication about Family Orientation?

If you have registered for the program, we will communicate with you through the email address you registered with. If you have not yet registered, please register and provide us with an email address we can use to connect with you.  Check out our NSO Communications page for any information you may have missed.

What will the Family Orientation experience be like for students entering Summer or Fall Semester 2021?

We are curating opportunities for you to connect with campus experts, other families and caregiver(s), and the NSO team throughout the summer. Live webinars will be available for you to participate in and will be recorded if you are unable to attend. We will also be offering the opportunity to connect with NSO through our Family Friday programs. More specific information can be found on our Upcoming Family Orientation page. If you want to see a checklist for families and supporters, view our Family/caregiver(s) Checklist.

What if I cannot attend the live synchronous sessions? 

If you cannot join us for the live synchronous sessions, no problem! Our live webinar series are recorded and posted a few days after the live event. Visit our Family Orientation Webinars page to view recorded live events.

Are there any opportunities for me to connect with other new family/caregiver(s)?

MSU understands the importance of a sense of belonging for a student’s success. Affinity groups provide opportunities to connect with students or families who identify in similar ways to you, facilitated and supported by MSU faculty and staff who identify and/or support those who identify in these similar ways. During these group times you can ask questions and learn about additional resources to support your success at MSU. Look for and participate in these affinity group opportunities!

General Family Orientation FAQs

Where can I find some helpful resources for new Spartan family/caregiver(s)?

Visit our Family Orientation Resources page for a list of helpful resources family/caregiver(s) can explore before or after participating in the Family Orientation.


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