Orientation for Freshmen and Transfer Students

Op5.18 Orientation for Freshmen and Transfer Students


New freshmen are required to attend a "Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration" (SOAR) program in full prior to course registration. Students who are admitted late and/or cannot attend a SOAR program or register through Adult Student Services may not register until after the last scheduled SOAR program for their semester of admission.

SOAR may be exempted for the following students:

  • Non-traditional students (includes students age 22 and older, evening students, married students, and students with children). Non-traditional students are encouraged to utilize the orientation and registration services provided by the Office of Adult Student Services.
  • Active duty military personnel who are unavailable to attend an orientation session.

Exceptions to the above policy must be approved by the Director of New Student and Family Programs.

Questions regarding SOAR may be directed to the Director of New Student and Family Programs via mail at Plaster Student Union 417, 901 S. National Ave, Springfield, MO 65897, or phone 417-836-7641 or 888-352-6781, or email at Orientation@MissouriState.edu.

Transfer students*

Transfer students are required to complete an online orientation program prior to registering for their first semester. Information concerning this orientation program will be provided to students following their admission.

All new transfer students, regardless of the number of hours completed, must have an advisor's release prior to registering. Resources and information specifically for transfer students can be found online at www.missouristate.edu/transfer.

* Students are classified as freshmen, for registration purposes, if they enter having completed fewer than 24 transferable college credit hours subsequent to graduation from high school, and are required to attend SOAR.