Become an Ursa Experience Major

2016 Ursa Majors and Minors in large group

Ursa Majors help transition incoming students into Missouri State University and show them how to make their Missouri Statement. Join this tremendous program and family by becoming an Ursa Major. Applications will open December 2021.

What is the Ursa Experience?

The Ursa Experience is a three-day, two-night off-campus adventure that immerses incoming students in life at Missouri State University. Student participants, called Ursa Minors, form small groups that participate in a wide variety of activities to create connections, inspire Missouri State pride, and—of course—have fun!

What does an Ursa Major do?

Current student leaders, called Ursa Majors, facilitate small groups of Ursa Minors and represent Missouri State to 250 incoming Bears. As an Ursa Major, you will have a blast while you build friendships with new students and fellow student leaders, mentor new Missouri State students, explore your personal strengths and leadership skills, and so much more!

There are two types of Ursa Major positions you can apply for:

  1. Sleuth leaders work in two-person partnerships to lead a small group (or sleuth, as we call it) of 8-12 Ursa Minors throughout the program, facilitate small group activities and discussions, and build community and excitement within their groups.
  2. Logistics leaders assist fellow Majors and professional staff with essential set-up and behind-the-scenes work which keeps the program running smoothly. Logistics leaders also participate in activities and interact with Ursa Minors throughout the program.

Position Requirements

Ursa Majors must meet these requirements to be considered for the position:

  • Hold full-time student status for Fall 2022 semester
  • Possess and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Attend the dates of the Ursa Experience
  • Attend one Spring training session each week after Spring break, held on:
    • Tuesdays at 2 pm
    • Wednesdays at 3 pm
  • Possess love and enthusiasm for Missouri State
  • Possess knowledge of Missouri State University and campus traditions
  • Demonstrate leadership through current and previous campus involvement and positive representation of Missouri State University

Ursa Major application process - Applications Open in December 2021

Follow these instructions to apply to become an Ursa Major.

1. Complete the Ursa Major application

2. Attend an interview

Applicants will choose from several available interview times and be interviewed by our staff. Ursa Majors will be selected and notified in late February.

Have questions?

Contact Orientation and Transition Programs staff at

Ursa Major application form

Join us in welcoming Bears to their new home at Missouri State.

Ursa Major spotlight

Ursa Majors share how this leadership experience has impacted them.