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.

Student session     Family session

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

SOAR Check-In
8:30 - 9:50
Hutchens House Lobby
Student SessionFamily Session

Welcome to Missouri State University
10:00 - 10:30
PSU Theater
Our campus community welcomes you to your new collegiate home!
Student SessionFamily Session

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.
Student Session

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.
Family Session

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

Lunch with Your SOAR Leaders
12:00 - 12:50
Garst Dining Center
Student Session

Missouri State Bookstore
12:30 - 12:50
PSU Theater
Bookstore staff discuss textbooks, academic supplies, gifts and BearWear.
Family Session

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.
Student SessionFamily Session

Money Matters
1:45 - 2:30
PSU Theater
Learn information about financial aid opportunities and financial services.
Student Session  Family Session

Advisement Information Meeting
2:45 - 4:00
Various meeting rooms
SOAR advisors provide an overview of the General Education program, major and course requirements, and academic opportunities.
Student SessionFamily Session

Trial Schedule Building
4:00 - 5:15
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!
Student Session

Student Safety
4:00 - 4:30
PSU Theater
Learn more about safety procedures and features offered at Missouri State, as well as how you can encourage your student to practice safe behaviors
Family Session

Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services
4:30 - 5:15
PSU Theater
Staff discuss two central aspects of student life on campus: our residence halls and dining centers.
Family Session

Dinner with your SOAR Group
5:30 - 6:30
PSU Ballroom
Enjoy a relaxing dinner with your SOAR group and discuss your potential schedules for the upcoming semester.
Student Session   Family Session

Family Program Wrap-up and Departure
Family Session

Bear Essentials: What You Need to Know about Public Affairs
6:45 - 8:30
Plaster Student Union 
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.
Student Session

After Hours
8:30 - 10:00
Allison Recreation Fields
Need to unwind after the day's session? Join the SOAR leaders in fun games or simply relax and hang out with fellow students.
Student Session


Day two

Welcome and Entertainment
8:00 - 8:20
PSU Theater
Begin your second day with an energetic opening from our SOAR leaders.
Student sessionFamily session

Break-Out Sessions
8:30 - 9:30
PSU Theater
Learn more about topics or areas of campus that you're most interested in by choosing two of the following 30-minute sessions. Topics include:

Open to students and families Student sessionFamily session

  • Student Engagement: How to Get Involved on Campus
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life: The Basics
  • Commuter Student 101 (for commuter students and families only)
  • Residence Hall Tours (second rotation only)

Open only to students Student session

  • Courageous Conversations: Talking about Diversity

Open only to families Family session

  • Supporting First Generation College Students: The Family Perspective
  • Taylor Health and Wellness
  • Missouri State Career Center

Students Only!
9:30 - 10:20
Carrington Auditorium
Students, do you have any remaining questions about Missouri State or college life? Get the answers from a panel of SOAR leaders. 
Student session

Family Panel: A Q&A with SOAR Leaders
9:30 - 10:30
PSU Theater
SOAR leaders will answer your questions and provide a student perspective on Missouri State and student life. 
Family session

Advisement and Registration
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Various meeting rooms
Meet your academic advisor for an individual advising appointment, then register for your first semester of college.
Student session

Family Lounge
10:45 am - 12:30 pm
Level 1 Game Center
While students are registering, family members will have an opportunity to relax, meet other family members, and have their remaining questions answered.
Family session

Campus Expo
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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.
Student sessionFamily session