Virtual Orientation FAQs

Virtual Orientation

Michigan State University’s New Student Orientation (NSO) experiences will be held virtually. We have created an online and remote program that includes a lot of great information and so much more! We know you are excited to get started, and we are excited to help you transition to MSU.

Stay Informed and Connected


Information will been sent to you in the form of bi-weekly newsletters as we near the upcoming semester. Please continue to check your MSU email for important information, next steps, and deadlines. We will continue to keep students informed of NSO information as it becomes available. You can also follow us on Facebook (@MSUNSO) or monitor our website for information and updates.

Families and Supporters

Encourage your students to continue to check their MSU email for important updates. If you have signed up to receive our bi-weekly newsletter, you will receive information to your email account. You are welcome to contact us to submit an email address to receive future communications on our communication pages. You can also follow us on Facebook (@MSUNSO) or monitor our website for information and updates.

Virtual Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs (for Spring 2023)

What is my NSO Experience?

The New Student Orientation (NSO) experience looks very different this year – like never before!  We want to take a moment to share the process with you.

Starting November 18th, 2022, you will have access to the NSO Experience in MSU’s learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L). You will use D2L throughout your time at MSU, so you will become very familiar with this platform, starting with the NSO experience. You must complete the D2L modules in order to set up an advising appointment and enroll in courses.  The sooner you complete the modules, the sooner you can set up that appointment! The modules MUST be completed by January 2nd. Once you complete the NSO modules, your academic advisor will send information about your next steps and how to schedule an appointment.

What is the difference between virtual NSO and the in-person NSO experience?

The virtual NSO will provide students important information to be successful Spartans. Not all students can travel more than once to campus, nor take the time off work or caregiving, so we provide this information in ways students can access world wide. An optional in-person experience is available for those students wanting to learn more about wayfinding, a sense of belonging and campus resources right before the semester begins.

How will the virtual orientation experience prepare me for my first semester as a Spartan?

Your virtual orientation experience will take place through a series of checklist items. This information will continue to be available for you as you progress through the semester as a resource too.

What if I have never been to campus before? When am I able to visit?

The office of Admissions continues to offer campus tours, if you would like to participate prior to January.

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