Senior Checklist

Make your transition to Missouri State

Outlined below by month are steps that we encourage you to take during your senior year of high school to ensure a smooth transition to MSU.

Early in your senior year


Register to take the October ACT if you’re interested in the Presidential, Multicultural Leadership and Hutchens/SGA scholarships. The October ACT is the last test date we use to determine eligibility for these scholarships. Our ACT school code is 2370.


Register to take the December ACT. The December test is the last from which we can accept scores to determine eligibility for three automatic scholarships: the Board of Governors, Provost and Deans’ scholarships.


Complete the appropriate scholarship application and your application for admission by December 1 to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, the Multicultural Leadership Scholarship and the Hutchens/SGA Centennial Leadership scholarship.



  • Complete the General and Departmental Scholarships Application by March 1. Some of these scholarships are need-based and require the FAFSA to be completed by March 1.
  • Complete your FAFSA (MSU’s FAFSA code is 002503) in time to be received by the processor no later than March 31, if you are not applying for a general and departmental scholarship.
  • Begin checking My Missouri State for your housing assignment. Assignments will be made the last week of every month from March to July.



  • Begin checking My Missouri State for your housing assignment, if you submitted your housing application.
  • Attend SOAR in June or July.
  • Ask your high school to send your final transcript with your date of graduation directly to the office of admissions.



Get more information

Contact the admissions office for more information on becoming a Bear:

  • Call 800-492-7900 or 417-836-5517
  • Email
  • Write us at:
    Office of Admissions
    Missouri State University
    901 S. National
    Springfield, MO 65897

Priority date for housing assignments

You can keep your admission date as your priority date for housing assignments by completing your housing application, meeting the meningitis requirement, and paying the deposit by March 1.

If you submit your housing application on or after March 2, your priority date for room assignments will be the date your completed housing application is received.