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Fall Orientation 2018


Your college experience is already off to a great start because you’ve chosen Montana Western to begin your educational career.  We’ve put together an orientation program to help make the transition as seamless as possible.

Orientation is mandatory for all first year and transfer students and because it’s fun and informative — you want to attend.  Orientation events include: convocation (the official start of the school year ceremony), an inspirational talk, a hike to the hillside “M” and much more.

If you are an athlete and will be coming to campus before the start of orientation, you are still required to attend orientation. Your coach is aware of orientation and expects you to attend so you can be successful in and out of the classroom.


Orientation Schedule 2018

Experience You. Experience Us. Experience One.

Thursday, Aug. 23

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Move into residence halls
Check in at the orientation and residence hall tables in front of Davis Hall
Campus Business
Finalize campus business or explore Dillon, get a campus tour, set up bank accounts, find churches, transfer prescriptions etc.
STC Computer Labs Open for students to finish computer related business.
Campus Tours

Dinner on your own
A list of restaurants is available at check in.

7:00 p.m.
Meet orientation leaders (Keltz Arena)
Orientation Group Challenge #1

9:00 p.m.
Root Beer Float Social (Tundra)
Presented by Chi Alpha and KDWG.

Friday, Aug. 24

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental breakfast for students and parents (Dining Hall)

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Trio Session with Continental breakfast (STC Great Room)
Invitations will be in Orientation Check-in packets.

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Native American Session (Multicultural Center)
Invitations will be in Orientation check-in packets.

10:00 a.m.
Convocation & Keynote Address (Keltz Arena)
Legacy Plaza Ceremony
Orientation Group Challenge #2

11:30 a.m.
Lunch for ALL (Mathews Lawn)

1:30 p.m.
Experience One Activity (Legacy Plaza)
Orientation Group Challenge #3

Parent Alumni & Student panel for parents (Lewis & Clark Room)

3:00 p.m.
Orientation Group Antics (Legacy Plaza)
Orientation Group Challenge #4

5:00 p.m.
Tailgate Dinner (Vigilante Field)

6:00 p.m.
Football Scrimmage
Orientation Group Challenge #5

8:00 p.m.
Dance (Keltz Arena)
Orientation Group Challenge #5
Presented by KDWG

Saturday, Aug. 25

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast (Dining Hall)

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Small Group Discussion (Beier Aud)
Orientation Group Challenge #7

10:45 a.m.
Get on the bus to the “M” (Atlantic Street)

11:00 a.m.
Hike to the “M”
Orientation Group Challenge #8

11:30 a.m.
Return to Campus

12:00 p.m.
Lunch with Orientation Group (Mathews Lawn)

1:30 p.m.
Movie Big Sky Cinema
Orientation Group Challenge #9

6:00 p.m.
Bulldog Feast (Keltz Arena)
Bulldog Brain Teaser
Orientation Group Challenge #10

Sunday, Aug. 26

8:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Continental Breakfast (Dining Hall)
(Meal plan students only)

6:00 p.m.
Dinner (Dining Hall)
(Meal plan and residence hall students only)

7:00 p.m.
All Residents Meeting (Beier Aud.)

8:00 p.m.
Individual Residence Hall Floor Meetings



First-Year Fearless: Building an UNBREAKABLE Foundation

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • The importance of creating a fearless foundation and why it matters to their future success,
  • Typical freshman pitfalls and actionable ways to avoid them,
  • The importance of overcoming the fear of failure and rejection,
  • They’re not alone in their feelings of loneliness and self-doubt, and
  • Actionable, fearless strategies they can use immediately to start creating a fearless foundation.



Community members, faculty, and staff:

Looking for ways to volunteer in the community? The Montana Western Moving Company (MWMC) has you covered. The MWMC is in its Third year and was formed to help students and their families move into residence halls on opening day.

All you need to do is sign up for a shift below and you will be invited to attend a brief orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the JDC Lobby, where you will be able to pick up your free t-shirt.

This fun event will allow community members, faculty, Staff and Alumni to meet new students and show them just how great and welcoming the community of Dillon and Montana Western family is.

There are several three-hour shifts available so please register by Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. Move-in takes place on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who: You.

What: Montana Western Moving Company

When: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Shifts: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Montana Western Residence Halls: JDC and Mathew

Montana Western Moving Company Sign up