Frequently Asked Questions -  Freshman CUSTOMS

Going off to college can be an exciting yet confusing time. CUSTOMS is a summer orientation program for you and your family designed to help you make a smooth transition to life at Middle Tennessee State University.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions to help you with your inquiry:

How can I sign up for a CUSTOMS date?  

All students who apply for admission to the University will receive information about CUSTOMS through conventional mail. Once you are accepted you will be invited to register for a CUSTOMS session.

Is CUSTOMS on campus?

Yes, we are excited to offer a one day on campus component for freshman orientation.  This compliments the CUSTOMS Online modules that must be completed PRIOR to the date you select to come to campus. 

Do I need to wear a mask while on campus?

Masks are not required at this time.  If you prefer to wear a mask, then you may do so.

Will I be able to select classes?

By participating in CUSTOMS you'll have the opportunity to register for classes. The CUSTOMS schedule includes academic advising and course registration while you are here on campus that day.

Should my family come?

Yes! We encourage freshman family members to attend. They have many questions and concerns which can be best answered at CUSTOMS.  We ask that you limit to two guests per student. The fee for each guest is $20.

Which session should I attend?

For your convenience, we have scheduled several different dates. You MUST come to a session that is scheduled for your particular college in order to receive correct advising. See the Program of Study web page to check the college that your major falls under.

The on-campus CUSTOMS experience is one day only and includes academic advising and course registration. Be sure to select a date that you can plan to spend the entire day on campus.

Is there a fee to attend?

Yes, there is a fee to attend CUSTOMS.

Where do we stay during CUSTOMS?

We are unable to offer on campus housing as an option for CUSTOMS,   since it is only a one day on campus event.  If you need to spend the night, there are many local hotels that can accommodate you. 

Do I get to meet with an advisor?

Yes, you will get to meet with the advising staff and Dean of your college while on campus for CUSTOMS. 

Do I have to stay for the entire session and process?

Yes, you have to complete the CUSTOMS Online module component and attend the one day on campus CUSTOMS experience in order to register for classes. 

How long does CUSTOMS Online orientation take to complete?

It should take about an hour and 30 minutes to complete the linear online orientation, but you can spend more time digging deeper into some of the areas that are most interesting to you.  But, you can complete it at you own pace.  If you leave the session, you will return to the point you left when you return to modules. 

Also, you can revisit the whole orientation any time when you have questions or want to review a specific section. 

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How long does the on-campus CUSTOMS experience last?

CUSTOMS on campus will last one day.  We will begin at 8:30 and will have structured activities through 2:30.   We will also have many additional activities available until 4:00pm for those that want to take care of any business on campus or find out more about campus life for our students.

Can I spend the night on-campus while at CUSTOMS?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer on-campus housing this year.  There are many hotels and other accommodations in Murfreesboro, if you want to stay in Murfreesboro.


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