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New Student Orientation

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Summer Orientation is a one-day event designed to immerse you in your new community. During the day, you will learn about the dedicated resources and student support offices built to support 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 begin building friendships. 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 a two-part program, Summer Orientation and August Move-in Weekend, that 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.

Registration for Summer Orientation 2020 is now open.

Learn more and register

Office of Orientation and Transition Programs
301-447-6783 
orientation@msmary.edu

Directions to Campus

Orientation Summer To-Do Timeline

1. Register for Summer Orientation

Registration is now open. Please select the session that works for you and register using the link below.

2. Set Up Your Mount Email

The Mount’s IT department will email the personal email account you listed on your application with your official Mount email address and student portal user name and password. You can expect to receive this email sometime in May, be sure to login to your new Office 365 Mount email and change your standard issued password.

3. Register for Fall Courses

Please take the registration questionarre provided below.

Our goal is to have a schedule for you at the end of July. We create first year student schedules all at the same time, to make sure that each student has a balanced schedule with the classes you need.

Once you see your schedule, you can make changes. We will send instructions on making changes when we send your schedule to you.

Important notes on the questionnaire:

  • If you are interested in looking at 4 year plans for each major, go to our Majors and Minors catalog page.
  • Language Requirement
    • If you wish to begin your world languages courses at the intermediate or advanced level, please take our Language Placement Test.
    • Students who begin at the 201 or 301 level receive prior learning credit after the completion of the course with a C+ or better (3 prior learning credits for 201 and 6 for 301).
    • If you have disability accommodations related to foreign language study, please check a language (so that you can proceed with the survey) and contact Learning Services. Learning Services contact the registrar to make the necessary schedule adjustments.
  • Athletes: We have your practice schedule, and we will make sure that your courses do not conflict.

NEXT STEPS

Once you have read these instructions, you can go on to the Registration Questionnaire.

4. Start Your Housing Application (Due June 30)

In order to place you in an appropriate residence hall you will either fill out a questionnaire about your living preferences and style to be matched with a roommate or you can request to live with a friend. There will be opportunities at Summer orientation to meet a potential roommate and apply for housing. You can expect to receive your housing assignment in late-July.

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.

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

5. Register for Mount 101 (optional)

When you sign up for Mount 101 prepare yourself for a two-week all inclusive academic program packed with a three-credit class, outdoor activities, museum trips, urban scavenger hunts, peer mentoring, and the chance to make life-long friends. Spaces for these programs fill up fast. We are working hard to finalize plans for Mount 101; decisions will be made in the near future.

Please note: Mount 101 and Mountward Bound occur at the same time, you may not register for both programs.

6. Register for Mountward Bound (optional)

Mountward Bound is an optional pre-Orientation program where you get a chance to spend a week participating in activities and community building with like-minded classmates as you prepare for your transition to college. There are five exhilarating Mountward Bound programs to choose from. Spaces for these programs fill up fast. We are working hard to finalize plans for Mountward Bound; decisions will be made in the near future.

Please note: Mount 101 and Mountward Bound occur at the same time, you may not register for both programs. 

7. Pay Your First 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 choose to assign a PIN for your parent/guardian so they can make a payment on your tuition account.

Visit msmary.edu/paymybill to pay your bill, due July 15, or to learn how to set up a parent PIN.

Accounting & Finance Timeline

  • June 1 - pay your enrollment deposit.
  • Set up your Mount email. (The Mount’s IT department will email you with your student portal user name and password and Mount email address which will be sent to your personal email address.)
  • Set up your parent PIN to allow your parents 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 letter.
  • Confirm that your financial aid paperwork is complete.
  • June 1 - fall billing statement either be sent to your home address or via email.
  • July 15 - first payment due. Pay your account in full (less pending financial aid) or enroll in the monthly payment plan.
  • November 15 – spring billing statement sent to your home address.

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

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

Health Services offers convenient services for all Mount students and staff in partnership with Frederick Regional Health System. Our experienced health care professionals provide evaluation and treatment for a variety of illnesses and injuries, preventive health check-ups, immunizations and periodic health monitoring.

You can submit your health forms at summer orientaiton or mail them to the address indicated on the form by July 31st.

9. Upload your MOUNTCard ID Photo

You may choose to upload your own ID image online between May 11-July 31.

10. 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 study strategy 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 Kristen Sites, Associate Director of Learning and Success at sites@msmary.edu