Who is the January New Student Orientation for?
Our January New Student Orientation (NSO) experience is designed to welcome all students beginning in the Spring 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.
Where can I find information about the January New Student Orientation experience?
You can find the most accurate information on our website on our Upcoming Programs pages. Visit the First-Year, Transfer, or International tabs at the top of our page to find information about your upcoming program.
Where can I find any communications about the January New Student Orientation experience?
You can find all of our January Communication information we have sent to your MSU email & homes on our website.
What will my January New Student Orientation experience be like?
Your January New Student Orientation experience will take place in phases. Some parts will take place virtually and asynchronously prior to January. You can complete steps 1-3 online at Desire2Learn and logging in with your MSU NetID and password. The other parts will take place virtually but synchronously January 5-7, 2021. See below for an outline of the steps.
Step One: Spartan Essentials – Available on December 1, 2020 and must be completed by December 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm EST.
Step Two: Preparing for Advising – Available on December 7, 2020 and must be completed by December 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm EST.
Step Three: Becoming a Spartan – Available on December 28, 2020 and must be completed by January 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST.
Step Four: Orientation Group Meetings – occurring virtually but synchronously on January 5-7, 2021.
Step Five: Academic Advising & Course Enrollment – occurring virtually but synchronously on January 5-7, 2021.
Are there any opportunities for me to connect with other new students outside of my Orientation Group?
As a part of the January NSO experience, we are offering an opportunity to connect with other new students if you choose to do so on Monday, January 4th and Friday, January 8th, 2021. These optional affinity spaces will be available for you to meet and interact with other new students who may share your identities and hear about MSU resources to help support you. These are optional, and participants must pre-register to participate. The Zoom meeting link and password will be emailed to you upon registration. View our affinity spaces and register on our Upcoming Programs pages for First-Year, Transfer, and International students.