Groups of new students sitting in the Quad

Orientation Experience


Registration for the Orientation Experience will begin in early June 2022.

  • Registration for all Orientation Experiences is OPEN!
  • Check your Montclair State University email! Instructions for Orientation registration will be emailed to all new students throughout the summer.
  • Your first email from the Orientation Team will appear with the subject: “Montclair State University: Sign Up for an Orientation Date.” Please check your University Gmail account by logging into NEST.


Program Schedule

Orientation is designed to help new students connect, learn, and engage with the Montclair State University community. More information about the Orientation Experience will be shared in the coming months. We are excited to share the new details with you soon!

Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

Save the Dates!

  • New to the Nest: Orientation Course *Required* – Available June 2022 – August 2022
    • All students will be required to complete a comprehensive, asynchronous online orientation program, which on-average takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. The online program will be launched in June 2022 for Fall 2022 new students.
  • Summer Connection Programs (single-day, weekend programs) – July 2022
    • Students will have the opportunity to connect with fellow new students, current students, faculty and administration for a weekend full of food, fun, and Red Hawk pride!
    • Registration is required for all events:
      • Thursday, July 14: South Jersey Summer Connection in Cherry Hill, NJ
      • Saturday, July 16: Summer Connection at Montclair State University
      • Saturday, July 23: Central Jersey Summer Connection in Woodbridge, NJ
    • More details can be found in the Orientation Registration Portal
  • Pre-Orientation Programs (single and multi-day programs) – August 22-23, 2022
    • Students will have the opportunity to connect with fellow students, faculty, and administration prior to the start of their Orientation. These programs will be available to students based on their affinity with certain campus populations (commuting students, military affiliated students, and more).
    • Visit the Pre-Orientation website for more information.
  • Fall Orientation Programs (two-day program) *Required* – August 24-31, 2022
    • Residential students will move-in to their assigned residence hall and join Orientation Leaders for a two-day Orientation Experience leading up to Red Hawk Day.
    • Commuting students will check-in, pick up their University ID, and join Orientation Leaders for a two-day Orientation Experience leading up to Red Hawk Day.
    • Fall Orientation dates are available throughout August 24-31, 2022. Registration is based on availability and degree program.
  • Red Hawk Day (single-day, kick-off program) – Thursday, September 1, 2022
    • Red Hawk Day is Montclair’s kick-off to the academic year – a day full of activities and school spirit!
  • Check out our New Student News newsletter sent bi-weekly to your Montclair State email!
  • Red Hawks check their University email accounts! Now that you are new Red Hawk, remember to check your Montclair State University email address instead of your personal email address for important updates.