Group Visit Information

Guidelines for group tours

For the best possible experience, we ask that these guidelines be followed when arranging and requesting group tours.

  • Group tours should be arranged at least two weeks in advance to allow the Ambassador sponsor and leadership team time to recruit volunteers for such tours. The director of admissions must approve requests for tours submitted on shorter notice.
  • A campus tour should not be a required activity for a visiting group unless they are specifically visiting as prospective students. For example, students who are on our campus for a camp, conference or workshop may or may not have an interest in touring campus. Requiring disinterested individuals to take a campus tour creates a challenge for the Ambassadors and often diminishes the quality of the experience for those individuals who truly do wish to take a tour.
  • The Ambassador sponsor should be involved with the planning of tours from the early stages, especially for large groups. A number of factors must be considered to plan a successful tour: total number of visitors expected, the age and interests of the visitors, the visitor to tour guide ratio, the amount of time available for tours, the date/time of the tour and other activities planned for that date.
  • Tours should be scheduled for days that classes are in session. This will provide visitors with a better perspective of campus life and increase the probability of finding Ambassadors to provide tours.
  • Because most of the arrangements for a tour are based upon the anticipated number of participants, the visiting group should make every effort to know the number attending and to adhere to that number.
  • We require at least one staff member (e.g., chaperones or counselors) for every 15 students. These staff members are expected to accompany their students on tours and to be responsible for the behavior of their students. 
  • Ambassadors are responsible for providing campus tours, not for controlling the behavior of visiting students. If students become disruptive on a tour, the Ambassadors are authorized to ask them to leave the tour.

Additional interest areas

The Office of Admissions has the ability to provide campus tours to visiting groups of 60 students or less. The campus tour may be scheduled for one to one and a half hours depending on your group’s needs. Additionally, an admission presentation covering topics such as cost, scholarships, traditions, things to do in Springfield, and academics may be requested. This presentation usually lasts 30 minutes.

If you have an interest in scheduling additional time on campus, please refer to the following information:

Lunch on campus

Should your group hope to dine in one of our on-campus dining centers, please contact Tony Hein at Our dining centers provide students buffet-style meal options at three convenient locations. Visiting groups may request a discounted, tax-exempt rate. Middle school students are offered a flat rate of $5 per person. High school students are offered a flat rate of $4 per person.

Student service presentations

TRiO Student Support Services – To request a 20-30 minute presentation regarding TRiO services at MSU, please contact TaJuan Wilson at Student Q&A Panel – To request a 15-30 minute Q&A with current students, please contact Sean Kliethermes at

Academic interest areas

Some students already know what they would like to study in college. However, not every student has chosen a major when they may be visiting with a group. Scheduling multiple individual appointments in a small window can be challenging; therefore, the Office of Admissions does not schedule individual academic meetings with departments for students on group tours, though we are happy to do so if students visit at another time for a regular tour. We encourage students on group visits to work with their counselor or sponsor to see about scheduling individual academic appointments outside the campus tour time frame if the group’s schedule should allow.

More information

If you have questions, contact Sean Kliethermes at 800-492-7900, directly at 417-836-4331 or by email at