SOAR: Student Orientation, Advisement and Orientation

Two-Day Schedule

This schedule is for students admitted for the fall semester who are attending a SOAR session during June or July. If you have registered for a one-day session in August, view the One-Day Schedule.

Sessions shaded in gray are attended by both students and family members.

Day 1

TimeStudent sessionFamily session 
8:00 a.m.     

Math Placement Exam
8:15 - 9:30
Plaster Student Union (PSU) Lobby


SOAR Check-In
9:00 - 9:50
Hutchens House Lobby


Welcome to Missouri State University
10:00 - 10:30
PSU Theater 

Our campus community welcomes you to your new collegiate home!


First Things First
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
PSU Ballroom East

SOAR leaders discuss the differences between high school and college life and share tips for adjusting.   

Letting Grow: How to Support Your Student
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
PSU Theater

Families often forget that like their student, they are experiencing a transition, as well. Missouri State staff discuss this transition and share advice on how to coach your student to success. 


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
PSU Union Club and PSU Food Court

12:00 p.m.

Lunch with Your SOAR Leaders
12:00 - 1:00
Garst Dining Center


Student Health and Wellness
12:15 - 12:45
PSU Theater

Learn more about the services available at Taylor Health and Wellness Center. 

  Break and Travel Time

Introduction to Your College
1:00 - 1:30
Various meeting rooms

Deans and faculty of your college discuss your major and how to be academically involved. Students still exploring majors will be provided information on how to research and select a major.  

  Break and Travel Time

Advisement Information Meeting
1:45 - 3:00
Various meeting rooms

SOAR advisors provide an overview of the General Education program, major and course requirements, and academic opportunities.


Break and Travel Time 


Trial Schedule Building
3:15 - 4:45
Various meeting rooms

Practice constructing your first semester schedule using Missouri State's Trial Schedule Building tool. Don't worry—SOAR leaders will be there to help!

Residence Life, Housing & Dining Services
3:45 - 5:00
Carrington Auditorium

Learn more about life in our residence halls and dining centers. 


Missouri State Bookstore
3:45 - 5:00
Carrington Auditorium

Bookstore staff discuss textbooks and other academic supplies, gifts, and BearWear. 
  Break and Travel Time

Students Only
5:00 - 6:00
PSU Theater

Have any remaining questions about Missouri State or college life? Get the answers from a panel of SOAR leaders. 


Q&A with the SOAR Leaders
5:00 - 6:00
Carrington Auditorium

SOAR leaders will answer your questions and provide a student perspective on Missouri State and student life.


Dinner with your SOAR Group
6:00 - 7:00
PSU Ballroom

Enjoy a relaxing dinner with your SOAR group and discuss your potential schedules for the upcoming semester.


Bear Necessities: What You Need to Know about Public Affairs
7:00 - 8:30
Glass Hall

Missouri State's public affairs mission is an integral part of our campus community. Learn about the three pillars of the mission—community engagement, cultural competence, and ethical leadership—in interactive sessions.  

 Family Program Wrap-up and Departure

For more information about your lodging options, visit our Overnight Accommodations page.


Day 2

TimeStudent session Family session
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Entertainment
8:15 - 8:30
Plaster Student Union (PSU) Theater 

Begin your second day with an energetic opening from our SOAR leaders.


Money Matters
8:30 - 9:15
PSU Theater

Learn information about financial aid opportunities and financial services.


Career Center
9:15 - 9:45
PSU Theater

Whether you are searching for a job, an internship, a career, or a major, the Career Center can provide you help and guidance. Find out more in this session.   


Getting Involved at Missouri State
9:45 - 10:30
PSU Ballroom East

The staff of the Office of Student Engagement will share opportunities for involvement and help you discover how to find your place at Missouri State.

Break and Travel Time

Safety and Student Conduct
10:00 - 10:30
Carrington Auditorium

Learn how Missouri State helps keep your student safe and what behavior it expects from its students.


Advisement and Registration
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Various meeting rooms

Meet your academic advisor for an individual advising appointment, then register for your first semester of college.




Office of Student Engagement
10:30 - 11:00
Carrington Auditorium

Student Engagement staff share why involvement is essential to student success.  


Counseling and Testing Center
11:00 - 11:30
Carrington Auditorium

Learn what services are available to help students adjust well to the college environment. 


Campus Expo
11:30 - 1:30
PSU First and Second Floors

Visit this information fair to meet with individuals from a variety of campus services and have any final questions answered.

Family Lounge
11:30 - 1:30
PSU Ballroom West

While students are registering, family members will have an opportunity to relax, meet other family members, and have their remaining questions answered.

12:00 p.m.