Pre-Orientation Experiences

What is a Pre-Orientation?

Montclair State University is committed to the maintenance of a learning community that is deeply and broadly reflective of the diverse population of New Jersey.  We encourage all who are able to connect with peers in their new learning community.

Our unique Pre-Orientation Experiences offer students of various identities and interests to join together on their first steps towards successfully kicking off their semester.

Fall 2022 admitted students – Limited spots are available for our new Pre-Orientation Experiences. Registration for Pre-Orientation Experiences will be available June 2022 through the Orientation Registration platform.

Choose Your Experience!

Learn more about the different opportunities during Pre-Orientation in our program listing below.

July 2022 Experiences

First-Year Frontier: Outdoor Adventure Retreat

  • Tuesday, July 19 – Thursday, July 21

Sign up for a spot on the First-Year Frontier! Hosted by Campus Recreation and Orientation Programs, this overnight experience will provide a range of different outdoor recreation opportunities in a secluded, wooded area. Activities will take place at a north-western, New Jersey outdoor retreat and include ropes-courses, teambuilding challenges and lessons on leadership.

August 2022 Experiences

Adult Learners Connection

  • Tuesday, August 23

During the Adult Learner Connection, students will have the opportunity to meet other students aged 25 or older and learn about the support services that are available to them. You will be provided with tips to assist in your transition to Montclair State University and how to be successful during your time at the University.

In addition to a general overview of the resources available to support adult learners, this session will include a breakout session for degree completion students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies to learn the specifics of their program.

Bike & Walk Program

  • Monday, August 22
  • Tuesday, August 23

The Department of Campus Recreation’s Hawk on Wheels bicycle lending program provides free bicycles to borrow year-round for students to use for transportation and recreation. Bike&Walk Montclair is a local organization that advocates for policies, programs and street designs that make Montclair a better place to bike, walk and live.  Together, we’re teaming up to introduce you to the many great places to visit in Montclair by bicycle and how to get there safely.

Commuter Assistance Mentor Program (CAMP) Connection

  • Tuesday, August 23

This meet up is exclusively for the participants in the Commuter Assistance Mentorship Program who have applied for a commuter mentor. You will spend the day meeting your mentor and other mentees while having a great time through competitive games, social team builders and exploring the campus.

Don’t DIS My Abilities: Succeeding in College as a Student with a Disability

  • Monday, August 22

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) will provide students an opportunity to meet peers supported by DRC services and learn strategies for success from these students. We also share “5 Things to Know Right Now” as a way to identify the main information you need to know to assist with the transition to Montclair State and summarize vital information needed at the beginning of the semester.

#FirstGen Block Party

  • Monday, August 22

<Kick off your semester at our first ever #FirstGen Block Party. Meet and greet other First-Generation students, faculty and staff. This pre-orientation experience will help you become more comfortable with this exciting phase of your life!

International Student Connection Meet and Greet

  • Tuesday, August 23

The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) is the university’s primary resource of services to all  incoming and current F-1 and J-1 students.  A student’s affiliation with OGE  begins with the recruitment/admission process and continues well beyond graduation. OGE staff can advise international students on immigration, cultural, financial, academic and personal concerns and make appropriate referrals when necessary.

This program is open to international students.

A Montclair State of Mind(fulness)

  • Monday, August 22
  • Tuesday, August 23

This pre-orientation experience will be a hands-on learning opportunity on mindfulness and how it can help you be successful at school. The program will review different meditations throughout the experience and discuss ways to proactively prepare your mental health for the transition to college. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes as we will be enjoying a mindful walk through campus.

Veteran & Military Student Connection

  • Tuesday, August 23

During the Veteran and Military Student Connection, new veteran/military students will be able to interact and connect with other incoming students starting in Fall 2022. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the education benefits, speak with current veteran/military students at Montclair and hear more about the Veteran/Military Student Resources Office.

This program is open to veterans and current military service members.

Volunteer Service Project

  • Tuesday, August 23

Join us for an on-campus service project and connect with the Volunteer Center! You will learn about future opportunities to volunteer with Montclair State University, all before your Fall Orientation. You are sure to expect a growing desire to help those in need after fulfilling this service program.

Need help? Speak with a team member about general questions during the following hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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