Family Orientation Program

We are excited that your student has chosen Michigan State University! We understand the important role you have played in preparing your student to attend college. We also know how important it is for parents, the university and the student to work together. For these reasons, we invite you to attend the Family Orientation Program offered in conjunction with the New Student Orientation (NSO).

By holding separate orientations, MSU staff is better able to address the unique priorities and questions that students and parents typically have. In addition, orientation is a step in your student’s adjustment to college life dealing with topics that will be encountered in college.

The Family Orientation Program will provide the opportunity to:

  • Become acquainted with various aspects of the university's academic, residential and student life
  • Hear from members of MSU's faculty, administrative staff and student body
  • Receive an enriched sense of sharing in college life

January (Spring Semester) Family Orientation Program

Students who are admitted for the Spring Semester will attend New Student Orientation on January 3rd and 4th. Our Family Orientation Program will be offered during the afternoon of January 3rd. A more detailed schedule and registration information will be available in early December.

May, June, July, & August (Summer & Fall Semesters) NSO

New Student Orientation dates, schedules, and details for summer and fall semester admitted students are still being finalized. Family Orientation Program dates will correspond with NSO dates. New students and their families will receive registration and program information in the upcoming months.


MSU offers the Family Orientation Program at no cost to parents in conjunction with the New Student Orientation.


A lunch break is provided during the program. There are also other scheduled breaks. Lunch is available for purchase in the Kellogg Center State Room or Brody dining hall.


Parents or other family members should make their own lodging accommodations in the local area. Parents are encouraged to stay at the Kellogg Center Hotel and Conference Center. Ask for the special MSU parent rate.

A list of additional recommended hotels and inns, including rates, is provided by the MSU Office of the Controller.

Emergency information

While it is unusual for a student to be injured while attending NSO, Michigan State University reserves the right to call for emergency assistance, including an ambulance, should an injury occur. If transportation by ambulance is necessary, the student will be responsible for meeting any expenses.