Missouri State University

Information for Students

Undergraduate Programs exists for only one reason: to serve students. To this end every activity in which we engage has at its core your interests.

We offer students many educational services and opportunities:

  • The Academic Advisement Center fosters academic growth by providing individual guidance for students who do not have a major by helping them discover the opportunities in the General Education Program. We help students explore and clarify their educational goals and stay on track toward successful admission to an academic program.  We help students explore the exciting world of majors and minors by producing the Major's Fair during each fall semester, a festive event that brings students and faculty together. In addition to general advising issues, we have advisors who have expertise in the following areas:
    • issues for undeclared (pre-major) students
    • issues concerning new transfer students
    • health care and science areas
    • pre-law
    • the individualized major
  • Undergraduate Programs also includes GEP 101: Introduction to University Life, a one-hour class taken by all entering freshmen, which helps students become oriented to university life.  In this course, students learn study skills, explore career opportunities, develop critical thinking and social skills, clarify personal values and better understand cultural diversity.
  • The Individualized Majors program allows students seeking an educational objective which cannot be satisfied by existing majors and minors to cross departmental lines, while creating an individualized program. Undergraduate Programs assigns a faculty advisory committee to work with these students.
  • Undergraduate Programs oversees the university's general education program, which is designed to provide each student with educational experiences that will develop skills, knowledge and breadth of understanding.
  • Partners In Education (PIE) helps address the needs of students in their freshman year by creating a partnership of students, their families, and Undergraduate Programs' staff. These professional staff open communication lines and provide support services to improve the academic success of students.
  • Finally, Undergraduate Programs oversees the graduation ceremonies. There are three graduations each year, May, July, and December.