Make your transition to Missouri State
Outlined below by month are steps that we encourage you to take during your senior year of high school to ensure a smooth transition to MSU.
Early in your senior year
- Submit your application for admission. Students who are admitted early get better choices of residence halls and orientation dates.
- Schedule a campus visit.
Register to take the October ACT if you’re interested in the Presidential, Multicultural Leadership and Hutchens/SGA scholarships. The October ACT is the last test date we use to determine eligibility for these scholarships.
Our ACT school code is 2370.
Register to take the December ACT. The December test is the last from which we can accept scores to determine eligibility for three automatic scholarships: the Board of Governors, Provost and Deans’ scholarships.
- Complete the appropriate scholarship application and your application for admission by December 1 to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, the Multicultural Leadership Scholarship and the Hutchens/SGA Centennial Leadership scholarship.
- Check your mail for housing information from the Department of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services. The Department of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services will also send an email to your Missouri State email account with information on when you may apply for housing.
- Access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from your high school counselor, the MSU office of student financial aid or online.
- Apply for admission to Missouri State by January 15 to be eligible for the Board of Governors Scholarship, the Provost Scholarship and the Deans’ Scholarship.
- Complete the General and Departmental Scholarships Application by March 1. Some of these scholarships are need based and require the FAFSA to be completed by March 1.
- Complete your FAFSA (MSU’s FAFSA code is 002503) in time to be received by the processor no later than March 31, if you are not applying for a general and departmental scholarship.
- Check your mail for an offer of admission to the Honors College, if you are eligible.
- Watch the mail for a SOAR (Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration) invitation for you and your family.
- Check your mail or email for financial aid award letters from the office of student financial aid.
- Begin checking My Missouri State for your housing assignment. Assignments will be made the last week of every month from April to July.
- Review your residence hall assignment, if you submitted your housing application.
- Attend SOAR in June or July.
- Ask your high school to send your final transcript with your date of graduation directly to the office of admissions.
- Complete and submit your medical history form to the Taylor Health and Wellness Center.
- Review your academic advisor assignment, if you participated in a June or July SOAR session.
- Meet the entrance counseling requirement online, if you received a loan.
- Review move-in information from the department of residence life, housing and dining services.
- Attend all the exciting events during Move-In Weekend, from Bear Bash to New Student Convocation.
Get more information
Contact the admissions office for more information on becoming a Bear:
- Call 800-492-7900 or 417-836-5517
- Email email@example.com
- Write us at:
Office of Admissions
Missouri State University
901 S. National
Springfield, MO 65897