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New Student Orientation

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Welcome to the Mount!

At the Mount we offer a two-part orientation program: June summer orientation followed by August move-in day orientation. Both events are designed to immerse you in your new community. Throughout your orientation experience, you will learn about the dedicated resources and student support offices built to guide your journey, and get a taste of how easy it is to get involved on campus. You will have a chance to meet your future classmates and learn about your checklist items you need to complete before coming to campus in the fall. You will also have a chance to meet with faculty members to talk about your classes and course registration for the fall semester.

New Student Orientation is designed to:

  • Prepare you for your Mount journey, both academically and socially.
  • Show you what it means to be a Mountie.
  • Connect you with your new community and resources.
  • Provide experiences for you to build relationships with fellow Mounties, professors and administrators.
  • Share an authentic sense of school pride with you.
  • Help you transition to college life.

Office of Orientation and Transition Programs
301-447-6783

Contact the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs

Orientation Summer To-Do Timeline

1. Register for Summer Orientation

Registration is not yet open for Summer Orientation

Registration for Summer Orientation will open in May. All new students will receive an email reminder to their Mount email when registration is officially open. Each student is required to attend one day of Summer Orientation.

The Mount is offering six days of in-person Summer Orientation in June 2021. In addition, we will be offering one day of Virtual Summer Orientation at the end of June. Please review the following dates to begin planning for what works best for you and your family:

  • In-person on Monday, June 7, 2021
  • In-person on Wednesday, June 9, 2021
  • In-person on Friday, June 11, 2021
  • In-person on Monday, June 14, 2021
  • In-person on Wednesday, June 16, 2021
  • In-person on Friday, June 18, 2021
  • Virtually on Friday, June 30, 2021

Please be sure that you choose a day that works best for you. In-person Summer Orientation will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. roughly. The schedule for Virtual Summer Orientation on Wednesday, June 30 will be posted closer to the time of the event. We recommend that you attend Summer Orientation in person, but if a virtual option works better for you and your family this year we completely understand. We look forward to meeting you this June.

Once registration is open you will be able to Register Here!

2. Set Up Your Mount Email

Within one week of depositing, the Mount’s IT department will email the personal email account you listed on your application with your official Mount email address and your user name and password that can be used for MyMount and Canvas. Be sure to log in to your new Office 365 Mount email and change your standard issued password. You should begin checking this email regularly to ensure you receive all information that is going out to new students!

3. Register for Fall Courses

At Summer Orientation you will be given the opportunity to browse around the Academic Fair to learn more about the different majors that the Mount has to offer. You will also get to meet with your academic advisor who will give you an interest survey to complete. Once you have completed your interest survey a schedule will be generated for you based off of your responses. By August 1 you will be able to view your fall schedule in MyMount. Once you have reviewed your schedule if you have any questions or if you would like to make any changes you will be able to do so.

This process will be explained in detail at Summer Orientation and emails will be sent to your Mount email to ensure that you are prepared for your fall semester!

4. Take your Language Placement Test (Due June 15)

As part of the Mount's core curriculum, all first-year students will either broaden mastery of a foreign language already studied in high school or will begin the study of a new foreign language. If you plan to study a new foreign language, no placement test is required.

If you plan to continue studying the foreign language that you studied in high school, you are required to take a placement test to determine the course level that you will be placed into.

The test is due June 15.

Take the Language Placement Test

5. Start Your Housing Application (Due June 30)

Housing Application

Please note, you must have your Mount email account set up to apply for housing.

Housing Accommodations

If you require additional accommodations for housing or academics, the Office of Learning Services is designed to provide you with accommodations and support services to ensure proper accessibility. All accommodations are due June 30.

Please contact the Office of Residence Life at residencelife@msmary.edu for questions about living on campus.

6. Pay Your Enrollment Deposit and Tuition Bill (Due July 15)

The Office of Accounting and Finance handles all tuition payments and is committed to making the process as smooth as possible for you and your family. You may pay your bill in full or on a scheduled payment plan. You may also set up a parental/guardian account access to MyMount.

Visit msmary.edu/paymybill to pay your bill, due July 15, or to learn how to get up parent/guardian account access in MyMount.

Accounting & Finance Timeline

  • Pay your enrollment deposit by May 1.
  • Within one week of depositing, the Mount’s IT department will email the personal email account you listed on your application with your official Mount email address and your user name and password that can be used to log into MyMount.
  • Use your username and password to log into MyMount and view your account.
  • Grant MyMount access to allow your parent or guardian to pay on your account.
  • You will receive your accounting welcome letter and financial consent form via postal mail.
  • Financial consent form due to the Accounting & Finance Office five days after receiving the letter.
  • Confirm that your financial aid paperwork is complete.
  • June 1 - fall billing statement will be sent to you via your Mount email address.
  • July 15 - first payment due. Pay your account in full (less pending financial aid) or enroll in the monthly payment plan.

Email the Accounting & Finance Office at acctsrec@msmary.edu or call 301-447-5353 for more information.

7. Complete your required health forms (Due July 31)

Every new student is required to complete your health forms by July 31. You can drop off your completed health forms at Summer Orientation; or you can mail your health forms to the address indicated on the forms by July 31. Health forms cannot be accepted via email due to privacy laws.

In addition, DI student-athletes will have to complete another set of health forms for the athletic department. Click the link below to get copies of your health forms:

8. Upload your MountCard ID Photo (Due by August 2)

For identification purposes you'll be issued a MountCard. This card serves as your student ID, residence hall key, and access card for Mount Money, Flex Dollars and your meal plan account.

Meal Plan Account

Residential first-year students are automatically placed on the 21+ meal plan for the first semester. The 21+ meal plan includes three meals a day per week and $70 Flex Dollars to use per semester. Plans may be changed for the spring semester through the MountCard Website.

ID Photo

We encourage you to upload an ID photo online for use on your MountCard before Summer Orientation.

9. Review Academic Resources and Accommodations offered by Learning Services

Learning Services provides academic support services and study strategies for all students through one-on-one appointments and academic skills sessions.

Learning Services also provides housing and academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

In addition, Learning Services also provides peer tutors to assist students who want additional support in their coursework. For more information about peer tutors, please contact Associate Director of Learning and Success Kristin Sites at sites@msmary.edu