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.

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

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 assist new students in achieving a successful transition to Missouri State University’s community of scholars.

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.  Visit the link above to learn more about Greek life, student clubs and organizations, recreation opportunities, and how you can get engaged at Missouri State.

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.


Located in Myer Library, the Bear CLAW Center for Learning and Writing 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.

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.

Career Center

The Career Center can help you gain self-understanding and explore occupational options. You can take self-assessments, participate in a 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.

Multicultural Programs

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


Summer Transition and Academic Readiness Training. Students who are graduating from high school this spring and do not meet traditional freshman admission criteria based on GPA, class rank, or test scores.


TRIO serves First Generation students and fosters student growth through academic and cultural enrichment, social interaction, and service to others. Apply to TRIO Student Support Services.

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.

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. Students are urged to visit the Center in person since email is not a secure form of communication, and confidentiality cannot be ensured.

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.

Study Away Programs

Study Away Programs facilitate a variety of high quality programs and experiences designed to increase the cultural competence of the Missouri State community, while developing tomorrow's global leaders.

For more information on academics and being a new first-generation student, please contact the office of the Associate Provost for Student Development & Public Affairs.

Call: 417-836-8346 • Visit Student Development and Public Affairs