Support Services

Bears Lead takes a holistic approach to supporting each student's transition to campus. Focus is given to creating positive social experiences while also considering the student's personal and academic needs.

The Bears Lead staff act as an additional point of contact for encouragement and guidance to ensure students have the support they need while transitioning to Missouri State. We want students to feel they belong at Missouri State, can achieve their goals, and have support while they're here.

Success Coaching and Mentoring

All Bears Lead students are assigned a professional staff success coach who will monitor their academic success and support their academic and career goals. Success coaches help students identify any concerns as early as possible and intervene in proactive ways. Some interventions may include the following:

  • Referrals to campus and community resources
  • Study sessions/tips
  • Skills training including time and financial management
  • Career exploration

Monthly Community Meetings

Each month Bears Lead students have the opportunity to socialize with their follow Bear LEADers and hear from other members of the campus and local community. Community meetings range from community building activities and inspirational speakers to wellness activities and presentations with other campus organizations and resources. 

Social Events

Bears Lead social events are spaces for students to grow and strengthen their community on campus. Students can make new friends at events like Friend Speed Dating, take a break with their peers at Pumpkin Painting and celebrate finishing a semester on trips to Silver Dollar City and Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium. 

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. 

Many services are offered to support academic success at Missouri State.