SOAR: Student Orientation, Advisement and Orientation

Who is SOAR For?

First-time freshmen

The SOAR program is designed for all first-time freshmen. A first-time freshman is defined as a student with fewer than 24 transferrable credit hours earned after their high school graduation.

At SOAR, you will:

  • Learn information about the University and campus life
  • Speak with an academic advisor
  • Register for your first semester of classes
  • Meet faculty, staff and other students

Students who are 22 years of age or older, are married and/or have children, have not been in school for an extended period of time, or are primarily taking evening courses may take part in alternative orientation and registration opportunities offered by the Office of Adult Student Services.


SOAR also offers a corresponding family orientation program designed to help families of our new students the transition to college. Attendance at the family orientation program is optional but highly recommended.

Family programming will provide:

  • Information about University services and activities
  • Tips for helping students transition to Missouri State
  • Opportunities to meet other families
  • Question and answer sessions with faculty, staff and current students

Transfer students

If you are transferring post-high school credit to Missouri State, your orientation options are determined by the number of credits you transfer:

  • Students with less than 24 hours earned after high school must attend SOAR.
  • Students with more than 24 hours earned after high school must complete the online transfer orientation and then schedule an appointment with an advisor to enroll in classes.

If you are a transfer student, review the To-Do List for Newly Admitted Transfer Students for additional steps to take upon entering Missouri State.

Contact Dixie Williams in the office of admissions for information regarding the transfer orientation process.