Senior Checklist

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


Register to take the October ACT if you’re interested in the Presidential, Inclusive Excellence 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.


Access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from your high school counselor, the MSU office of student financial aid or online.

The Housing Application opens. Check your mail and email for housing information from the Department of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services.


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 ScholarshipInclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship and the Hutchens/SGA Centennial Leadership Scholarship.

If you complete your Housing Application by December 1, you will be a part of our Early Bird assignment process.


  • If you have not already setup your My Missouri State student portal, do so at this time.
  • Check your mail or email for anticipated financial assistance letters from the office of student financial aid.
  • 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 your FAFSA (MSU’s FAFSA code is 002503) in time to be received by the processor no later than February 1, if you are not applying for a general and departmental 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 February 1.
  • Begin checking My Missouri State for your housing assignment. Assignments will be made the last day of every month from March to July.



  • 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.



Get more information

Contact the admissions office for more information on becoming a Bear:

  • Call 800-492-7900 or 417-836-5517
  • Email
  • Write us at:
    Office of Admissions
    Missouri State University
    901 S. National
    Springfield, MO 65897

Housing contract Early Birds

Your housing priority date is the day in which you have a completed housing contract. A completed contract includes a paid housing deposit, having your meningitis vaccination on file with Taylor Health and Wellness Center, and if you are not 18 years old also having your parent co-signature on file for the Terms and Conditions of the contract.

If you have a completed contract by December 1, you will be a part of our Early Bird Process and will receive your housing assignment the last day in February.