Bears Lead

Make the transition from high school to college with Bears Lead!

Bears Lead is a two-year college transition program for first-time college students. We help students with a variety of support services, and Bears Lead students who meet semester requirements receive a Missouri State bookstore stipend. 


Nervous about college? We've got you!

Check out our support services.

Success Coaching and Mentoring

All Bear Leaders are assigned a professional staff success coach to support their academic and career goals through regular check-ins. Coaches help students identify challenges early and help them find solutions. Coaches help students with everything from study habits and time management to budgeting and understanding their financial aid.

Monthly Community Meetings

Each month Bear Leaders gather to socialize with their follow Bear Leaders and hear from speakers helpful and timely topics.

Social Events

Our social events allow Bear Leaders to grow their community on campus. They can make new friends, participate in fun activities, and celebrate their success at various fun events.

The Bears Lead Lab and Lounge

Grab a snack and take a break, print a paper, check your email or study for an exam in our quiet study lab and lounge located in our offices. 

Ready to be a Bear Leader? Apply today!

Need more information? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.