Academic Help

Missouri State University is dedicated to helping all of our first generation college students thrive academically.

We provide a wide variety of academic services and programs designed to help you succeed at MSU. Explore and learn more below about these services, programs and offices.

A scenic view of Missouri State's Carillon and Fountain just outside Meyer Library.
A scenic view of Missouri State's Carillon and Fountain just outside Meyer Library.

Academic Skills

SOAR: Student Orientation, Advisement, Registration

SOAR is your first step to making a successful start at Missouri State University.

First-Year Programs

MSU’s First-Year Programs is committed to assisting new students in achieving a successful transition to Missouri State University’s community of scholars.


Located in Meyer Library, the Center for Learning and Writing, known as the Bear CLAW, is a resource center designed to help you succeed academically. A wide variety of tutoring programs are available to help you with math, science, and other general education classes. There’s also a Writing Center where you can get help and advice on any writing assignment regardless of course or topic.

Student Academic Assistance

Do you need help with study skills or want to talk with another student who's been where you are? Our academic Success Coaches and Peer Mentors can help! Coaches and mentors can help you with study skills, time management, campus resources and more. The Student Academic Assistance page also includes links to various academic resources for students.

PASS: Peer-Assisted Study Session Program

Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) is a series of review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. PASS is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades.

Access Technology Center

The ATC strives to provide equal access and opportunity to all faculty, staff and students throughout all academic programs and social activities at Missouri State University. Through training and assessment of individual needs, conversion of textbooks and academic materials into accessible formats, and by providing specialized equipment and software, the Access Technology Center stands ready to help you succeed at Missouri State.

Advising and Career Support

Academic Advising and Transfer Center

The Academic Advising and Transfer Center is directly responsible for advising Missouri State University undergraduates who are in the process of selecting majors.

Major Search

Search by majors and programs.

Career Center

The Career Center can help you gain self-understanding and explore occupational options. You can take self-assessments, participate in career shadowing experiences, enroll in career development courses, and learn about various careers to determine if the major and the career you’ve selected is the most suitable for your interests, skills, work values, and personality.

Adult Student Services

Adult Student Services is here to help you begin your college career or to transfer from another institution to complete your degree at Missouri State.

Student Engagement

Getting Involved As a Student

It’s so important to get involved as a student on campus. You’ll find a new group of friends, build community, serve others, have fun, and learn all kinds of things that will prepare you for success once you graduate.  Students who are engaged are happier and enjoy greater academic success. Visit the Getting Involved page to learn more about Greek life, student clubs and organizations, recreation opportunities and how you can get engaged at Missouri State. Don't forget to check out the MSU: I'm First student organization for first-generation students.

Multicultural Programs

The Office of Multicultural Programs coordinates student programs to enhance academic performance, ethical leadership, community engagement, cultural competence and social awareness.

Counseling Center

Students can get help through the MSU Counseling Center if they experience any concerns that interfere with their performance at school, such as anxiety or depression. There are no fees or charges for counseling-related services.

For more information on academics and being a new first-generation student, please contact the Center for Academic Success and Transition.

Call: 417-836-8343 • Email: • Visit: Center for Academic Success and Transition