Freshman Year

Letting Grow

Learn ways you can help your student grow as they transition to Missouri State.

Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

In order to be considered for all possible financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available in December this year. Complete the FAFSA in time for it to be received by the processor prior to February 1. Applications will be accepted after this date, but funds may be limited.

Apply for Scholarships

The application for General and Department scholarships is available each year around November 1 and the deadline is March 1 for the following academic year. 

Stay safe

Encourage your student to visit the Office of University Safety and Transportation Services websites to learn about Safe Walk, the Bear Line Shuttle and the Missouri State Alert System.

Stay active

Stress the importance of physical activity. Encourage regularly scheduled times for physical activity. The Campus Recreation Center offers fitness and group exercise, adventure trips, intramural sports, and more than 100 interactive cardio machines.

Healthy for life

Discuss with your student the importance of a healthy life style by dining on campus

Self-Care as a Bear

Discuss with your student the importance of taking care of their mental health as well as their physical health.  Learn more about the Magers Health Center and the Counseling Center.

Succeeding in class

Encourage your student to learn how to take good notes and prepare for class.

Writing skills

Suggest that your student visit the Bear CLAW website to improve their writing skills.

Joining a fraternity/sorority

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority website has information about the Fraternity and Sorority community here at Missouri State.

Finding a job

Check out the Student Employment website for employment opportunities for your student.

Getting involved on campus

Recommend that your student visit the Office of Student Engagement website to connect to the campus community. With more than 350 student organizations, there is something for everyone.

Residence hall living

Suggest your student visit the Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services FAQ website when they have questions about roommates, maintenance requests and other residence life issues.

Learning about student resources