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We are so excited to have you join us on your orientation day. Currently, we are hosting virtual orientation sessions as well as in-person sessions for all incoming students, and have several opportunities tailored to your specific journey. Each of these sessions offer important information to help you experience a smooth transition into MSU Denver as well as opportunities to engage with advising and registration.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
First-time college students are students who are attending college for the first time, whether straight from high school or whenever you feel ready to continue your education (regardless of your age). Please note, that you will need to have access to your MSU Denver student account in order to register for orientation.
Transfer students are students who are currently attending, or have previously attended, a community college or four-year college/university and plan on transferring your completed credits to MSU Denver. Transfer students have the option of completing their orientation experience online or on-campus. Please note, that you will need to have access to your MSU Denver student account in order to register for orientation.
We have several different types of orientation programs available to students, and some have both in-person and online options.
Virtual Orientation Session – a live orientation session taking place in an online environment via Microsoft Teams. The session includes the following – Welcome Presentation, Student-led Small Groups, Financial Aid and Dean of Students Info, Advising and Registration, Optional Sessions for Transfer and Veteran Students, Option for individual meetings with Financial Aid
In-Person Orientation Session – a live orientation session taking place on the Auraria campus. The session includes the following – Welcome Presentation, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Student Engagement and Wellness/Phoenix Center, Tabling with Campus Representatives, Student Panel, Advising and Registration, Optional Sessions for Transfer and Veteran Students, Option for individual meetings with Financial Aid
Online Orientation (Transfer and Online Program students only) – a self-paced orientation to complete virtually at any time. The session includes videos and reading on MSU Denver and the Auraria Campus, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Student Engagement & Wellness, Academic Advising, Next Steps (Advising and Registration support completed separately)
The SOAR (Student Orientation Advising and Registration) Experience is a day-long orientation for first time to college students. The sign up period for theses sessions begin in March and the session dates are May-Early August. New students coming from High School are required to attend one session. Registering for a SOAR Experience is a first-come, first-serve basis. This means that once a session is full, no one else will be able to register for that session and will need to find another one that is available.
This session is similar to Family Orientation and is offered completely in Spanish and designed to help family members support their students as they transition to college. When registering for orientation, please look for information about options for this program.
Adult Student Orientation sessions are five-hour sessions designed to meet the needs of first-time college students over the age of 22.
Veteran Student Orientation sessions are day-long programs specifically designed to assist incoming students who are veterans/active military in making a smooth transition into the MSU Denver community.
This Orientation session runs concurrently with SOAR. Our program is designed to help family members support their students as they transition from high school to college. To sign up for a session, your student will have the chance to register you as a guest in their SOAR Experience registration. There is no limit to the number of guests who can attend. Please note that this is a full day program with breaks built into your day while your student will be going through their SOAR program. Each guest over the age of 5 will be charged $15.
Transfer Student Orientations are five-hour sessions designed to meet the needs of our students transferring from other colleges and universities to MSU Denver.
Online Orientation is only offered to transfer students. Online orientation encompasses the same information as a Transfer Student Orientation session in an online format. Online Orientation consists of a series of modules students must complete, followed by a final quiz that students must pass in order to complete the online orientation. Students transferring 0-30 credits from previous institutions are encouraged to attend an on-campus transfer orientation session.
These sessions are five-hour sessions designed to meet the needs of our first-time, transfer, veteran, and adult students who are attending orientation close to their first term at MSU Denver. These students include those who are admitted later in the season, unable to attend an earlier orientation session, or procrastinated in registering for an earlier session.