Orientation Registration FAQs

The Undergraduate Orientation Requirement

Because orientation sets the stage for student success, all students must participate in a New Student Orientation (NSO) experience, unless you meet specific exemption criteria. Note that if you do not complete NSO, MSU reserves the right to cancel or defer your admission.

Registering for a New Student Orientation Experience

If you have not yet submitted your Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED), you must do so before you register for a New Student Orientation (NSO) experience. Students starting in the spring or summer semester will be registered automatically upon depositing, because spring and summer only have one orientation experience. Registration for summer orientation is available now! Log into your account to register for your NSO experience.

Family members/caregiver(s) of admitted students are also invited to register for Family Orientation. In order to register, you will need your student’s APID. 

Frequently Asked Registration Questions

I paid my Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED) now what? 

First, CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME to the Spartan Family! New students are encouraged to begin their new student checklists after paying the deposit. You can register for your NSO experience now! You can complete your housing information at a later date.

Why did my friend get to meet with their Academic Advisor before me?

Meeting with an Academic Advisor and completing your course enrollment is dependent on a few factors. All students must complete Part One of their New Student Orientation experience in D2L before they are eligible to meet with their Academic Advisor. Each College is managing their advising appointments differently based on many factors. Students who are participating in an additional MSU program may also have to complete additional steps prior to meeting with their College/Major Academic Advisor.

What happens if I do not complete my orientation experience?

All new students must participate and complete a new student orientation experience, unless you meet our specific exemption criteria. Please note that if you do not participate and complete your NSO experience, MSU reserves the right to cancel or defer your admission. Please contact our office if you have questions about this process.

If I meet with my Academic Advisor later in the summer, will I still get a good class schedule?

This is a tough question to answer, because a “good” class schedule will vary from student to student! However, we would tell you to keep three important things in mind:

Pre-enrollment provides ALL new students the opportunity to be enrolled in courses required for their major before meeting with their Academic Advisor. Pre-enrollment takes place at the same time for all students at the end of May (for fall admits). Completing your Math Placement Test by the recommended deadline is the only thing you need to do to be pre-enrolled. If you are not sure whether or not you need to complete the Math Placement Test, complete our form to determine if it is necessary for you. 

During your New Student Orientation experience you will meet with academic advisors from your college to discuss and create your academic plan. They will assist you with any questions or concerns you have about your classes.

Space in classes is released throughout the orientation process; MSU works to ensure that regardless of when you participate in orientation and meet with your Academic Advisor you can enroll in classes required for your degree! 

What placement tests are available for me to complete prior to meeting with my academic advisor?

There are three placement tests that are available to students, the Math Placement Test, the Foreign Language Placement Test, and the Writing Placement Test.

Students should complete the Math Placement Test prior to the recommended deadline in order to be pre-enrolled in some of the courses you will need based on your College/major. If you are not sure whether or not you need to take the Math Placement Test, complete our form to determine if it is necessary for you. If you would like additional information about the Math Placement Test, visit their website for more information.

If students plan to enroll in a language course during their time at MSU, we recommend that they complete the Foreign Language Placement Test. For more information about the Foreign Language Placement Test and the types of language tests available, visit their website.

Writing Directed Self-Placement (DSP) is available if you do not have standardized test scores with writing.

I tried to register my family but the site would only allow me to enter a maximum of two people? 

We apologize that our current family orientation registration system does not offer more options. Please contact our office if you have any questions or if you would like to have more than two family members attend. 

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