Full Schedule of Events

Events are free and open to all students. No registration is required unless stated otherwise.

Thursday, Aug. 18

Traditions Tour

6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (in case of rain, tours are cancelled)
PSU Bear Statue

Missouri State is 117 years young, so you can bet we have a LOT of tradition on this campus. Meet at the PSU Bear Statue to take a guided tour and uncover the secrets and history of the university. Tours leave at 6 and 6:30 p.m.

Lilo and Stitch

8:00 p.m.
North Mall (Rain location: Plaster Student Union Theater)

A young and parentless girl adopts a 'dog' from the local pound, completely unaware that it's supposedly a dangerous scientific experiment that's taken refuge on Earth and is now hiding from its creator and those who see it as a menace.

Friday, Aug. 19

Snow Glad to See You (rain or shine)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
PSU North Patio

Very simple: We're giving away snow cones!


2:00 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 313

This come-and-go crafting event is for students who want to channel their creativity. You can learn how to scrapbook, make a greeting card for your friends and family, and more.

President’s Reception for Families 

6:30 p.m.
Davis-Harrington Welcome Center

Join President Smart and Gail Smart for a wonderful reception in the beautiful Welcome Center. After a day of moving, you'll have the opportunity to visit with campus administrators, faculty and staff while enjoying some delicious treats from Missouri State Catering.

RSVP requested but not required.


7:00 p.m.
Plaster Stadium (Rain location: Hammons Student Center)

It's teambuilding, comedy and a lot of fun. You'll laugh, meet new friends and become part of the Missouri State community through games and activities in a positive and supportive environment. A pep rally (we call it Rally in the Valley) follows at 8:30 p.m.

Plus, be part of history as we take a group photo of the class of 2026.

Party at the Bear

8:30 p.m.
PSU Bear Statue on the North Mall

Hang out with friends and make some new ones. Enjoy live music, henna, yard games and free snacks!

Saturday, Aug. 20

See You Later Brunch

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Campus Dining Centers

Brought your family with you? This is a good time to enjoy a meal with them before they go home. Up to two family members can eat free with students (everyone else must pay). 
Even if you didn’t bring your family, this is a great opportunity to meet other students and enjoy a nice brunch. 

Fraternity and Sorority Life 101

10:00 a.m. – Noon
North Mall (rain location PSU Atrium)

Meet representatives from all campus fraternities and sororities that form the FSL community.

Ice Cream Social

Plaster Student Union North Patio rain or shine

Taste a sweet treat as you mix with new Bears from all over the world.

Transfer and Commuter Student Ice Cream Social

2:00 p.m.
Plaster Student Union Club, 4th Floor

Not living on campus but want to meet more new students? Join us for a sweet treat and find new friends that are exploring campus just like you.

Mindfulness and Meditation

3:00 p.m.
Foster Recreation Center Studio

Take a step away from the fun to focus your energy on improving your mental health.

Bear Bash

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
North Mall and Plaster Student Union

This is the biggest back to school party on campus each year. You’ll find games, music (like dueling pianos), and all kinds of free stuff. This year, check out a hypnotist, ride a mechanical bull, race through an obstacle course and so much more.

Sunday, Aug. 21

Traditions Tour

11:00 a.m.
PSU Bear Statue (if rain, tour is canceled)

Missouri State is 117 years young, so you can bet we have a LOT of tradition on this campus. Meet at the PSU Bear Statue to take a guided tour and uncover the secrets and history of the university. Tours leave at 6 and 6:30 p.m.

New Student Convocation

2:00 p.m.
Great Southern Bank Arena

This is THE official welcome ceremony for new students. This year’s speaker is alumna Paige Oxendine. She’s the assistant director of the efactory and is a powerhouse advocate for female entrepreneurs. You’ll also hear from our university president, Clif Smart.

Bear Path 

3:00 p.m.
JQH Parkway to Madison to Kings (if rain, Bear Path is canceled)

Bear Path route

This annual tradition follows New Student Convocation. Missouri State faculty, staff, and student groups line the sidewalk to cheer you on as you walk by. It’s like being in a parade, and new students are the biggest stars.

Student Organization Festival

3:00-5:00 p.m. (if rain, event is canceled)
BearFest Village (Between Plaster Stadium and McDonald Arena)

We have more than 325 student organizations. There's at least one that's right for you. Come meet representatives and find out how you can get involved right away on campus.


5:00-7:00 p.m.
Freddy House Courtyard (Rain location: Foster Recreation Center)

Meet reps from student organizations, watch talent shows and meet staff members from Multicultural Student Services.