New Student Orientation

Required for all first-year students

Register today:
July 12 July 15

Students only need to register for 1 (one) July Orientation date. Cannot make the July dates? Please email

New Student Summer Orientation Schedule


Required for all first-year students
August Orientation Schedule

What is Orientation?

Summer Orientation is the beginning of your time on the MSMC campus! It is an engaging orientation program that will introduce you to all the amazing opportunities for you at the Mount, and show you how to use the many resources available to you as a Knight. The program is mandatory for all new students at the College. The program covers topics such as: Knight Life, Student Resources, Mount Mission, Academic Preparedness, and more! As such, we want to remind you that you are responsible for adhering to the MSMC Student Code of Conduct. College staff will go over policies in your orientation sessions, however, please ensure you are familiar with College policies by viewing the online MSMC Student Handbook linked below. These policies are in place to ensure that everyone has a beneficial orientation experience!

New Student Checklists


  • Register for New Student Orientation: July 12 or July 15
  • Schedule a Financial Aid Appointment (optional)
  • Upload all medical documents to the student health portal 
  • Complete all necessary training (i.e. Title IX)
  • Complete the Office of Student Success Interest Survey to help your academic coach build your first semester schedule
  • Resident students: Complete your housing application by Friday, July 5th (Check the FAQ for more information)

  • File your FAFSA 
  • Sign your award letter through the Financial Aid tab on the portal
  • Check your Financial Aid portal to see if you were selected for verification. If yes, send in necessary documents
  • Complete loan documents (Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note) so your loans may be disbursed to your account
  • If you are a NYS resident, complete a TAP application
  • When completing your FAFSA, be sure to select Federal Work Study if this is something you're interested in. If you are eligible, please visit the portal and complete the department selection. Review your required documents under the Financial Aid tab.

Parent/family Orientation

Parents and families are welcome to attend the New Student Orientation Days. There will be specific sessions for Families to attend, and students must register their guests during registration. Click below for a detailed schedule:

New Student Orientation - Parent/Family Schedule

While you're here, check out some nearby activities in Newburgh or explore the Hudson Valley. 

Orientation FAQ

At New Student Orientation, you will:

  • Socialize with current and new students

  • Prepare for Academic and Social Success by meet with key offices on campus

  • Get a sneak peek at your fall semester schedule

  • Solve any onboarding concerns

  • Learn more about campus

  • Answer all of your questions about being a Mount Knight!

Every incoming freshman will be billed for the Orientation fee, which will be included on your fall bill. The fee covers:

  • Orientation materials
  • Mount Saint Mary College swag
  • All Orientation activities

The purpose of Orientation is for new students to gain autonomy and meet their new peers at Mount Saint Mary College. Guests may only attend the Parent/Family Orientation sessions taking place during New Student Orientation. 

Yes! Here are some hotels that we suggest in the area. 

Payments are due a week before classes begin. To pay your bill, log onto your MSMC portal and under the Student Accounts tab, click "go to full view" to fill out your finance contract and view your bill. You may make a payment through the portal's "Make a payment" button. 


  • Sign up for the monthly payment plan through the portal
  • Purchase Mount Money through the portal
  • Purchase a commuter meal plan through the portal

You will receive your fall schedule during Orientation in July.

During the first month of school, you will be adjusting to college life, both academically and personally. You will familiarize yourself with classes, classmates, and professors, learn academic expectations, and identify resources available should you need extra support. Every first-year student will be assigned to an academic coach in the Office of Student Success to help you navigate your first year at college. On a personal level, you will get to know your peers, roommate(s), and become involved in student life. The Student Engagement Office, Student Government Association, and the Mount Activities Board will sponsor many student-run organizations and on-campus events for both residents and commuters, especially during the first month of school.

Transfer students will attend Transfer Orientation scheduled for August 14th. Register here. 

Yes, the housing application will be due by Friday, July 5th. Housing information and a link for the housing application will be sent to the students' email addresses in early June. The housing application link will also be available on the Residence Life page of the MSMC portal.

Your application is used to create roommate pairings, so please fill out the form yourself and answer questions accurately. If you are requesting a specific person as your roommate, you must create a roommate group before Friday, July 5, 2024. Roommate groups can only be created after both roommates have completed the housing application. Details on how to create a roommate group will be provided in June.

Due to space constraints, we cannot grant any requests regarding suite mates or suite sizes.  

Please review our list of What to Bring (and Not Bring) to campus.

Your housing assignment will arrive via your MSMC emails the week of August 1, 2024.

If you have other questions, please contact the Student Engagement Office at 845-569-3545 or email


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