Great Falls College MSU offers two forms of orientation called Essential Start. Face-to-face and online Essential Start sessions are scheduled during the weeks prior to the start of the semester. Essential Start is a transcripted, non-credit bearing course. Contact your advisor or Student Central for help enrolling in Essential Start.


Students who register for Essential Start Online will be sent a welcome letter which provides instructions for the first steps which must be completed prior to beginning Essential Start Online.


For returning students who just need a refresher on D2L, we have videos available at http://elearning.gfcmsu.edu/StudentResources/VideoTutorials.html or under the Video Tutorials section of our elearning.gfcmsu.edu site. These videos cover the same topics as the D2L and IT portions of the Essential Start course but also include some additional videos to help with other topics such as the student email system, signing into Banner Web, and more. These videos are meant to be a quick reference and are not intended to replace the face-to-face and online Essential Start sessions.