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Freshman Orientation FAQs

Have questions about your Orientation Experience? Let us answer them for you! And if you still have questions, please email us anytime at:

When Is My Orientation?

Orientation dates are assigned based on your major or program. See Orientation Dates.

Do I Have To Stay Overnight?

Yes! In order to fully experience Orientation and life at Montclair State University, ALL students are required to stay overnight and on campus, even if you will be commuting! Only those with medical or religious reasons can opt out of staying overnight. If you need any accommodations or have concerns/questions, email us at:

Please Note: If you do not stay for both days of Orientation, you will have to come back to a make-up orientation session in August or will risk having your fall 2019 scheduled dropped.

Why Is Orientation Two Days?

The overnight program provides new students with an opportunity to engage with the campus both academically and socially. To put it bluntly, you get to have more fun!

What If I Require Special Accommodations?

If you have a condition that might affect your participation in the overnight orientation, the Center for Leadership and Engagement will coordinate any arrangements you may need while on campus.


  • Physical disabilities
  • Interpreters

You can submit this request when you register for Orientation.

When Is Check In?


  • Day 1 Check-In: 2-3:30 p.m. in Blanton Hall
  • Day 2 Check-Out / Last Stop Shop: 12:30-1:30 p.m in Blanton Hall


  • Day 1 Check-In: 2-3:30 p.m. in Blanton Hall
  • Day 2 Check-In: 8-9 a.m. in University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center
  • Staying Overnight On-Campus?: 6:30 p.m. in the Village Apartments, Costello Welcome Center (must drive or take a shuttle)
I Can't Stay the Whole Time. Can I Leave Early?

No, students are not allowed to leave early or come late to Orientation. Orientation is an important aspect of your college experience and it’s mandatory that you attend in its entirety. Any student who arrives after 4:30 p.m. on Day 1 will not be able to stay and will have to rescheduled their Orientation.

I'm A Commuter Student. Do I Have To Stay Overnight?

Yes! We want all of our students to experience the overnight Orientation. Even if you will not be living on campus in the fall.

What Am I Supposed to Bring?
  • Clothes
    • PJs
    • Bathing Suit (optional for late night activities)
    • Change of clothes for Day 2
  • Bathroom Amenities
    • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
    • Towel / Washcloth
    • Shampoo / Conditioner
    • Soap
    • Personal Toiletries
  • Linens
    • Extra Long Twin Sized Sheets OR Sleeping Bag
    • Pillow / Pillowcase
    • Light Blanket
  • Cellphone / Laptop Chargers


  • You will need to know the last four (4) digits of your Social Security Number to check into your room for the night.
  • You will need your Montclair State University ID Card throughout Orientation in order to access your room and meals.
    • If you uploaded a photo to the ID Card Website you can pick up your printing ID during Check-In.
    • If you did NOT upload a photo, you will need to go to the ID Card Office before Check-In. The ID Card Office is located in the Student Center, 1st Floor.

Please Note: If you require the use of a refrigerator for medical use, please let us know so we can arrange this with Facilities.

What Are We Going To Do At Orientation?
  • Meet with your academic college to discuss your class schedule.
  • Meet your Orientation Leaders and connect with other students.
  • Learn more about campus and resources available to you.
  • Have fun!
What Are We Doing All Night?

There will be a large variety of programs and activities during the late night programming portion of Orientation. All students are expected to participate in our late evening program. Students will also be expected to abide by all policies and expectations of a Red Hawk. Read University Policies.

Where Can I Find the Schedule of Activities?

The full Orientation Schedule will be given to you at Check-In.