January New Student Orientation

Our January New Student Orientation (NSO) Program is designed to welcome all students beginning in the Spring semester and their families to the MSU Community. First-Year, Transfer, and International students all come together to attend this orientation program with the opportunity to attend informational sessions geared towards their individual needs.

Winter graduating student at Beaumont Tower

The January New Student Orientation dates for 2021 will be announced by mid-October. This program is for new students beginning their Spartan career in the Spring Semester. Students will learn more about academic success tips and learn about specific College requirements. Students will meet one-on-one with an academic advisor to discuss and enroll in courses.

What should I consider when signing up? 

Only one orientation program is offered for students admitted for the spring semester.  In order to register you must submit your Advanced Enrollment Deposit to Michigan State. If you have a conflict with this date please contact us. Note that attendance at NSO is a requirement for course enrollment.

Students who will live on campus have the opportunity to move into their residence hall prior to the start of the program.

Travel, Parking, and Location Information

Information regarding travel to MSU and local accommodations can be found here.

Parking for orientation is available in designated visitor lots for free. For residence hall move in, drop off and parking information will be provided to students by Live On.


Sample Program Schedule* (from 2020 Program)

Thursday: Students & Parent/Family Combined Sessions

Thursday 12pm – 2pm (Students & Families)
Residence Hall Move-In

Thursday 2pm – 5pm (Students & Families)
Orientation Check-In, Introduction to MSU Services & Resources, Q&A opportunities

Thursday Evening (Students Only)

Optional dinner for Students & Families (with complimentary move-in pass) – The Vista at Shaw Dining Hall, 5pm 7pm

Community Meeting with RAs – 7 pm (Students only)

Optional Evening Activities in your Neighborhood

Friday: Student Only Sessions**

Friday 8am-5pm

College Welcome

Academic Advising & Course Enrollment

Placement Testing

Spartan ID Card Pick-Up

Go for the Green: Financial Aid/Financial Literacy Information Session

Campus Tour

International Student Only Sessions (2:15pm – 5pm)

Check-in for the international student sessions is in the International Center Lobby. All orientation presentations will be in the International Center, Room 115.

Check In with OISS

Welcome and Announcements from OISS

Informational Sessions

Immigration Check-In – Bring your original passport and I-20 or DS2019

Students will finish their NSO at different times on Friday, depending on when they meet with their academic advisor, enroll in courses, and participate in other optional sessions.


*Please note that in the unlikely event of a university closure due to inclement weather during January NSO, registered students and families will receive an email message with program updates and more information would be available on this page.

**There are no parent/family sessions offered on Friday.