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New Student Orientation

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June Orientation is a one-day event designed to immerse you in your new community. During the day, you will learn about the dedicated resources and student support offices built to support your journey, and get a taste of how easy it is to get involved on campus. You will have a chance to meet your future classmates and begin building friendships. You will also have a meeting with your Symposium professor, who serves as your academic advisor, to talk about your classes and course registration for the fall semester.

New Student Orientation is a two-part program, June and August, that is designed to:

  • Prepare you for your Mount journey, both academically and socially.
  • Show you what it means to be a Mountie.
  • Connect you with your new community and resources.
  • Provide experiences for you to build relationships with fellow Mounties, professors and administrators.
  • Share an authentic sense of school pride with you.
  • Help you transition to college life.

Register for June Orientation

All first-year students are required to attend one of our June Orientation days. Please save one of the following dates: June 24, 26 or 28. 

  • Register Online (opens May 1)
  • Schedule Coming Soon 

Office of Orientation and Transition Programs
301-447-6783 
orientation@msmary.edu

Directions to Campus

Orientation Summer To-Do Timeline

1. Register for June Orientation

Register for one required day of June Orientation. Dates include June 24, 26 or 28. 
  • Registration opens online May 1.

2. Set Up Your Mount Email

The Mount’s IT department will email the personal email account you listed on your application with your official Mount email address and student portal user name and password. You can expect to receive this email sometime in mid-May, be sure to login to your new Office 365 Mount email and change your standard issued password.

3. Start Your Housing Application (Due June 30)

In order to place you in an appropriate residence hall you will either fill out a questionnaire about your living preferences and style to be matched with a roommate or you can request to live with a friend. There will be opportunities at June orientation to meet a potential roommate and apply for housing. You can expect to receive your housing assignment in mid-June.

Housing Accommodations

If you require additional accommodations for housing or academics, the Office of Learning Services is designed to provide you with accommodations and support services to ensure proper accessibility.
Please contact the Office of Residence Life at residencelife@msmary.edu for questions about living on campus.

4. Register for Mount 101 (optional - Due June 29)

When you sign up for Mount 101 prepare yourself for a two-week all inclusive academic program packed with a three-credit class, outdoor activities, museum trips, urban scavenger hunts, peer mentoring, and the chance to make life-long friends. Space is limited for this program and final registration is due June 29.   Please note: Mount 101 and Mountward Bound occur at the same time, you may not register for both programs. 

5. Register for Mountward Bound (optional - Due July 15)

Mountward Bound is an optional pre-Orientation program where you get a chance to spend a week participating in activities and community building with like-minded classmates as you prepare for your transition to college. There are five exhilarating Mountward Bound programs to choose from. Spaces for these programs fills up fast, so be sure to get your application in by the due date of July 15 Please note: Mount 101 and Mountward Bound occur at the same time, you may not register for both programs. 

6. Take Language Placement Test (Due June 15)

As part of the Mount's core curriculum, all first-year students will either broaden mastery of a foreign language already studied in high school or will begin the study of a new foreign language. If you plan to study a new foreign language, no placement test is required. If you plan to continue studying the foreign language that you studied in high school, you are required to take a placement test to determine the course level that you will be placed into.

7. Complete your required health forms (Due July 8)

Health Services offers convenient services for all Mount students and staff in partnership with Frederick Regional Health System. Our experienced health care professionals provide evaluation and treatment for a variety of illnesses and injuries, preventive health check-ups, immunizations and periodic health monitoring. 

8. Enroll/Waive Student Health Insurance (Due June 28)

You are required to have health insurance coverage either through a qualified insurance plan or through the School Sponsored Insurance Program (SHIP). You must decide to enroll or waive the SHIP by June 28. If you do not enroll or waive the insurance coverage you will automatically be enrolled in the school sponsored insurance program (SHIP). 

9. Upload your MOUNTCard ID Photo (Due July 15)

You may choose to upload your own ID image online between May 1 - July 15.

10. Review Academic Resources and Accommodations offered by Learning Services

Learning Services provides disability support services and peer tutoring, as well as individual study strategies instruction. If you know you require additional learning accommodations, please submit the required paperwork through the Learning Services Office by July 12.

11. Pay Your First Tuition Bill (Due July 15)

The Office of Accounting and Finance handles all tuition payments and is committed to making the process as smooth as possible for you and your family. You may pay your bill in full or on a scheduled payment plan.  You may also choose to assign a PIN for your parent/guardian so they can make a payment on your tuition account.

Visit msmary.edu/paymybill to pay your bill, due July 15, or to learn how to set up a parent PIN. Accounting & Finance Timeline
  • May 1 - pay your enrollment deposit.
  • Set up your Mount email. (The Mount’s IT department will email you with your student portal user name and password and Mount email address which will be sent to your personal email address.)
  • Set up your parent PIN to allow your parents to pay on your account.
  • You will receive your accounting welcome letter and financial consent form via postal mail.
  • Financial consent form due to the Accounting & Finance Office five days after receiving letter.
  • Confirm that your financial aid paperwork is complete.
  • June 1 - fall billing statement sent to your home address.
  • July 15 - first payment due. Pay your account in full (less pending financial aid) or enroll in the monthly payment plan.
  • November 15 – spring billing statement sent to your home address.
Email the Accounting & Finance Office at acctsrec@msmary.edu or call 301-447-5353 for more information.