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Freshman Student Orientation

On behalf of the Center for Leadership and Engagement, we would like to congratulate and welcome you to Montclair State! We’re hard at work planning an exciting Virtual Orientation program for our new Red Hawks!

There are three mandatory components to your Virtual Orientation designed to acclimate you to the culture and campus at Montclair State University. Participation and completion of each component is mandatory for all incoming students.

  1. Connect | Virtual Orientation
    • If you have been accepted into the EOF Program, you will attend a separate orientation hosted by EOF.  More information will be sent directly from the department.
    • Attend a Virtual Orientation based on your accepted major. See the dates below.
  2. Learn | How to Be A Red Hawk Online
    • Online Orientation will open June 1, 2020 through Canvas.
  3. Engage | Red Hawk Day (summer only)
    • Save the Date! Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Virtual Orientation

Due to the current events, we have moved summer orientation to a Virtual Orientation Experience. It is designed to help you successfully begin your first year at Montclair State University with a mixture of pre-recorded and live presentations by staff and faculty.

You must sign up for a Virtual Orientation based on your accepted major or pre-major status. See dates and instructions on how to register below.

If you are planning on changing major, contact Undergraduate Admissions at before registering for your Virtual Orientation date.

If you would like more information on the status of COVID-19 within the Montclair State University community please visit Montclair State University’s Coronavirus website.

Dates for Virtual Freshman Orientation

All Virtual Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Red Hawk Advantage (RHA)

  • Thursday, June 25

College of the Arts (CART)

  • Thursday, July 2

School of Business (SBUS)

  • Tuesday, July 7

School of Nursing (SNUR)

  • Tuesday, July 7

College of Education and Human Services (CEHS)

  • Tuesday, July 21

College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)

  • Psychology Majors Only: Wednesday, July 22
  • All CHSS majors except Psychology: Thursday, July 23

College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM)

  • Thursday, July 30

University College (UNIV)

You have four Orientation dates to choose from! We recommend the earlier, the better.

  • Tuesday, June 30
  • Thursday, July 9
  • Tuesday, July 14
  • Tuesday, July 28

All Majors

  • Tuesday, July 14

While it is recommended to register and attend your assigned date, the All Majors date is intended for students who are unable to attend their major date.

Registration Instructions

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  1. Login to your application as a Returning User with the same email and password you used to apply to Montclair State University.
  2. Once signed in, click on your Freshman Application and select New Student Orientation Registration.
  3. After you fill out the registration form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes more details about your Virtual Orientation.

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For other questions on the Virtual Orientation Experience please email us at or ask us on our Live Chat!