As students make their way back to Bozeman and summer comes to an end, the town is bustling with new and returning Bobcats. The university is in the process of hosting its annual series of events known as MSU Debut to welcome all students back to campus. MSU Debut features around 50 different events when completed. The events run throughout August and September and are geared towards new students. 

“We are so excited to welcome all students back to campus with a line-up of stellar events,” Chris Pruden, adviser of student engagement and leadership in the Office of Student Engagement, told MSU News Service. “There is something for everybody, so I would encourage all students of all classes to have a look at the calendar and join us at one of our events.” For a list of all events still upcoming, visit

Last year, most of the flagship events were cancelled or virtual due to COVID-19, making this year’s events all the more enticing for new and returning students.  

Chloe Silbernagel, a sophomore studying biochemistry, said she enjoyed Catapalooza and characterized the MSU Debut events as “a good way to meet people and have fun while still being on campus.”

Classes began on Wednesday, Aug. 25, with a pancake breakfast served in front of Montana Hall. Heather Abramson, a sophomore majoring in math education, expressed her excitement from starting the new semester with free pancakes. Abramson also shared her enthusiasm for American folk duo Jamestown Revival, who performed on the Jabs Hall lawn Saturday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Brooks Taylor, a junior in exercise science, attended the concert. Taylor enjoyed the concert and said it was his favorite MSU Debut event so far.

This year, MSU added adventure excursions to the schedule, including day hikes, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and both camping and backpacking trips. Costs for these events range from $5-$15 through the Outdoor Recreation Program building. 

College football will also be returning this season. The annual Gold Rush game, against Drake University, will once again be a highlight to the start of the semester for football fans. The game will take place on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. Whether you want to explore the outdoors, cheer on the football team or mix and mingle on campus, there is an MSU Debut event for you!

For a more in-depth description of all MSU Debut events taking place, visit