To-Do Checklist for New Transfer Students

This to-do checklist for new transfer students has been developed to assist you in your transition to Missouri State University! If you have questions or experience problems, please call the Office of Admissions at 417-836-5517 or 800-492-7900 or email Transfer@MissouriState.edu. Download a print-friendly to-do list [PDF].

If you have fewer than 24 transferable hours earned after high school you are required to attend a Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration (SOAR) session.

Create your My Missouri State account

Visit My Missouri State and use your BearPass number, provided in your admission letter, to create a BearPass ID and password. Your BearPass ID and password will be used to access your information portal for many functions, services, and resources at Missouri State, including registration. After you create your BearPass ID and password, you will be prompted to set up your University email account that will be used by the University for official communication.

Visit campus

Visiting campus and taking a tour can be very helpful in your transition and many of the items on this list can be done while on campus. To schedule a tour, visit the Visit Campus website or call Admissions at 417-836-6614. If you come to campus to complete one or more of the above items, visit the Parking on Campus website for parking options. We do, however, recommend you purchase a $2 visitor parking permit at the Transit Operations Center at 700 East Elm.

Obtain BearPass card

Pick up your BearPass Card (Missouri State student ID) in Plaster Student Union Room 128. You will need a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or state ID) to obtain your BearPass Card at no charge. Please verify that your name in the admission letter we sent you is the same as your government-issued ID. If it is different, you need to change your name on our record to match your government-issued ID by contacting the Office of the Registrar at 417-836-5520.

Purchase parking permit

You may purchase a Missouri State parking permit through your My.MissouriState.edu account or online through the Parking Administration Office (hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 417-836-4825).

Purchase parking permit:

  • Visit My Missouri State
  • Select the Profile tab 
  • View the Other Information channel
  • Click the Parking Permit Registration link (a temporary parking permit may be printed upon completion)

Complete transfer student orientation

After establishing your My Missouri State account, complete the online orientation, which will take about 45 minutes. This is required in order to register for classes.

Access the transfer orientation:

  • Visit My Missouri State
  • Select the Academics tab 
  • View the Transfer Students channel (Channels are the sections within a particular tab)
  • Select Transfer Orientation 

If you have questions or experience problems please contact Admissions at Transfer@MissouriState.edu.

Review your transfer credit evaluation

It is important that you understand your transfer credit evaluation.

Access your transfer credit evaluation:

  • Visit My Missouri State
  • Select the Academics tab 
  • View the Transfer Students channel
  • Select Transfer Credit Evaluation
  • Visit the Transfer Credit Evaluation page to better understand your evaluation and review the course code explanations.
  • If you feel that elective credit was awarded for a course that should be an equivalent course at MSU you may request a re-evaluation. Speak with your advisor and visit the Transfer Credit Evaluation page for information on the process. 

Meet with your advisor

You are required to meet with an academic advisor before you register for your first semester. Visit the Transfer Center website to see the list of Advisors for Transfer Students and contact the academic advisor of your major. You will not be able to register until you have received an advisor release.

Adult Student Services

The Office of Adult Student Services (417-836-6929 or 877-678-2005) provides advising assistance and information about special orientation and registration options for students who:

  • Have been out of school an extended period of time
  • Married or have children
  • Plan to attend part-time
  • Plan to attend evening classes
  • Have other special questions or needs experienced by adult students returning to school

Register for classes

View when you will be able to register for classes and other helpful tools and information (such as a registration demo video) at the Registration website.

To register online:

  • Visit My Missouri State
  • Select the Academics tab 
  • View the Registration Tools channel
  • Click the Add or Drop Classes link

Additional assistance with the registration process is available through the Office of the Registrar, located in Carrington Hall 320 or call 417-836-5520.

Math placement

If you have not taken Math 103 or higher, then you may need to take a placement exam. For more information, visit the Math Placement at Missouri State University web page.

Final transcripts

If you were admitted prior to completing all coursework at another college or university, please request a final, official transcript be sent to the Missouri State Office of Admissions. If you have completed an Associate of Arts degree (AA or AAT) or 42-hour certified block, you have fulfilled MSU's general education requirements.

Apply for financial aid

Missouri State offers transfer financial aid grants, loans, and scholarships.

Transfer scholarships have an October 1 or March 1 deadline. For more information, contact the MSU Office of Financial Aid at 417-836-5262 or 800-283-4243; Carrington Hall 101

Review housing and dining information

On-Campus: View the Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services website for housing options. Single students under 21 with fewer than 30 hours of transferable credit (earned after high school graduation) are required to live in university housing and must complete an application for university housing. For more information, contact Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services at 417-836-5536 or 800-284-7535, or visit their office in Hammons House 104.

On-Campus meal plan: To purchase an on-campus meal plan, visit DineOnCampus.com/MissouriState and click the "Commuter Students" link under the "Meal Plans" menu item to review options. Contact Dining Services at 417-836-3057, or visit their office in Blair-Shannon 114 if interested in the "Bear Pack Plan."

Purchase your books

You may purchase books online or at the University Bookstore. The Bookstore is open year round for the purchase of textbooks, course materials, BearWear and much more. For additional information and hours, please visit the University Bookstore website or call 417-836-5403. Books may be charged to your student account.

Get involved at Missouri State

Involved students are more likely to graduate, feel more connected to the university, and are more familiar with university resources. The Office of Student Engagement provides many ways to get involved at Missouri State. View the Student Organizations web page for a list of our 375+ student organizations.

Join the online MSU New Student Community

The MSU New Student Community is a private online community just for newly admitted students. Meet new people, find a potential roommate, and connect with other students who share your interests, major, and housing preferences. Admitted students will receive an email invitation with additional information. Join to start meeting people today.

Veterans

If you are a veteran or the dependent of a veteran planning to utilize your education benefits, please contact the  Veteran Student Center.

Contact Admissions

Bart Tibbs
Assistant Director of Admissions – Transfer Outreach and Recruitment
Transfer@MissouriState.edu
417-836-7620 or toll-free 800-492-7900
www.missouristate.edu/transfer