Freshman Summer Orientation
Frequently Asked Questions
Your AOP Date
Should I bring money to pay for my classes at AOP?
You will not need to pay for your classes at orientation. Your tuition bill will be ready for viewing online in STUINFO (http://stuinfo.msu.edu) in August. You will receive an e-mail in your MSU account indicating that your tuition bill is ready for viewing. Pay close attention to the payment deadline so you are not charged a late fee.
Do I really have to attend every session at AOP?
In order to enroll for classes, you MUST attend every AOP session. Attendance at every AOP session is a requirement for enrolling for your classes on Day Two of the program. Attendance will be taken at various sessions. AOP has been carefully planned with your transition to college life at MSU in mind. Note that if you do not attend all presentations, you will not enroll for your classes. Please do not schedule any appointments, such as physicals for college sports, music auditions, equipment fittings, etc. or plan to leave AOP for award banquets, work commitments, etc.
Can my parents come to the AOP sessions with me?
Although this may, at first, seem insensitive, the student and parent orientations are purposely designed to be separate from one another. By holding separate orientations the staff is better able to address the unique priorities and questions that students and parents typically have. In addition, orientation is a step in your adjustment to college life dealing with topics you will encounter in college.
I am a college student, why can’t I leave to go visit a friend or family member on campus or the nearby area when we don’t have any sessions to attend?
While at orientation, students are required to stay in the vicinity of orientation until they have successfully completed the program on Day Two. Activities in the evening have been planned to give you a chance to meet new people, relax, and have some fun. Use this time to talk with AOP staff members, who are a great source of information. Leaving AOP will result in the inability to enroll for classes until the week before school begins.
What if I don’t want to stay the night? Can I stay at my parent’s hotel?
Staying the night at AOP is a program requirement. The overnight stay has been carefully planned so students who will live on campus room with students who will live in their residence hall in the fall. Students who will commute to campus room with other commuter students. This gives you a chance to meet new people who you will see again in the fall, right down the hall! There are many activities you can do at night to stay busy and have fun! Karaoke, watching movies, playing cards or board games, or participating/watching volleyball, tennis, or basketball will give you some time to clear your head after a busy day.
How can I switch my orientation date?
You can switch your orientation date using the same system you used when you made your AOP reservation (https://login.msu.edu/?App=OAS_Authorization). Dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis due to program and residence hall space limitations. There is no waiting list for orientation dates.
Is there a wait list for AOP?
There is no wait list for AOP. When changing your date (https://login.msu.edu/?App=OAS_Authorization), you must pick a date with an open spot. Dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis due to program and residence hall limitations. For this reason, we cannot accommodate students coming on the wrong date.
What happens if I miss my orientation date?
It is extremely important that you do not miss your orientation date. If you do not notify the Orientation Office (517/353-5030 prior to your scheduled date) that you are unable to attend your AOP, we assume you are no longer interested in attending MSU. Please be advised that Michigan State University reserves the right to cancel a student's admission or defer their arrival on campus should they fail to attend their assigned Academic Orientation Program.
What happens if I am going to be late for orientation?
If you are running late, please contact our office immediately at 517/353-5030. At that time our office staff will let you know if you should come to orientation or reschedule for another time.
What if I have something else planned during orientation i.e., auditions, interviews, physical, awards banquet, job commitment, etc? Can I leave orientation and return after my scheduled events so that I can enroll for classes?
No. Attendance at every AOP session is required. Choose an orientation date when you can attend the entire orientation program. In order to meet with an adviser and enroll for classes on day two of orientation, you must attend every orientation presentation and spend the night at AOP. All students receive a schedule on day one for meeting their adviser and enrolling for classes. We are unable to alter scheduled times. Please keep this in mind when you are making your travel arrangements.
I made travel arrangements when I have to leave early/arrive late, is that ok?
In order to meet with an adviser and enroll for classes on Day One of orientation, you must attend every orientation presentation and spend the night at AOP. All students receive a schedule on Day One for meeting their adviser and enrolling for classes. We are unable to alter scheduled times. Please keep this in mind when you are making your travel arrangements.
If I go to AOP at the end of the summer, does that mean I get all 8:00am classes?
You will not leave AOP without fall semester classes! Your adviser and an AOP staff member will help you enroll for classes.
What if I get sick or have a family emergency during AOP?
We certainly hope this does not happen! If this does occur, please come to the AOP office immediately. You can reschedule and finish completing the program on another date of your choice. You will make up any sessions or the overnight stay you may have missed during your absence. Please remember that attendance at all AOP sessions, including the overnight stay is required in order to enroll for classes. If these qualifications are not met, you will not enroll for your classes.
Once I leave AOP, where do I go for help?
The MSU homepage (http://www.msu.edu) is a great source of information, if you have questions regarding academics, residence life, etc. Conducting a search is easy. We have so many great resources on campus just waiting to be used! Academic advisers, counseling staff, administrative staff, students and many others are all ready to help you!
The FYI website (http://www.fyi.msu.edu) is a source of information regarding academics, college life, family, and money designed by current MSU students for “inside” information. It includes tips and links to resources from roommate issues to writing a paper. Check out this site. Many upperclassmen have told us they wish they would have had a resource like this when they were starting MSU.