Missouri State University

To-Do Checklist For New Transfer Students

ChecklistThis to-do list has been developed to assist you in your transition to Missouri State University! If you have questions or experience problems, please call the Office of Admissions at 800-492-7900 or 417-836-5517 or send an email to admissions@missouristate.edu. Download a print-friendly to-do list [PDF].

If you have fewer than 24 transferrable hours you are required to attend a Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR) session. You can learn more about SOAR at www.missouristate.edu/soar

bulletObtain your student identification number (BearPass number) and account access

Visit my.missouristate.edu and use your BearPass number to create a BearPass ID and password. Your BearPass ID and password will be used to access your information portal for many functions, services, and resources at Missouri State, including registration, so be sure they are memorable. After you create your BearPass ID and password, you will be prompted to set-up your University email account, which you must have as it is used by the University for official communication.

bulletComplete orientation

Complete transfer student orientation

After establishing your My Missouri State account, you should complete the online orientation, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. This is required in order to register for classes.

You can access the transfer orientation by logging into your my.missouristate.edu portal, clicking on the academics tab, scrolling to the Transfer Student Channel and selecting the transfer orientation. Be sure to complete the verification process.

Register for TRANSFERmation

We also invite you to attend TRANSFERmation, an on-campus orientation program for transfer students new to Missouri State University. TRANSFERmation is your opportunity to get better acquainted with Missouri State and other transfer students. All Fall and Spring transfer students are invited to attend. RSVP online today at the Transfermation web page. Summer transfers are encouraged to attend the Fall TRANSFERmation.

bulletReview your transfer credit evaluation

It is important that you understand your transfer credit evaluation. You can access your transfer credit evaluation on the transfer student channel under the academics tab on my.missouristate.edu. For explanations of course codes and to better understand your evaluation, visit the Understanding Your Transfer Credit Evaluation web page.

bulletMeet with your advisor

You are required to confer with an academic advisor before you register for your first semester. Visit the Transfer Advisement website to see the transfer advisor list and contact the academic advisor of your major. Please call as soon as possible to make an appointment with an academic advisor. You will not be able to register until you have been given a release by an advisor.

bulletAdult Student Services

If you have been out of school for an extended period of time, are married or have children, plan to attend part-time, in the evening or have other special questions or needs sometimes experienced by adult students returning to school, then we encourage you to contact the Office of Adult Student Services and Evening College at 417-836-6929 or 877-678-2005. They can also provide advising assistance and information about special orientation and registration options.

bulletRegister for classes

Registration tools

Transfer students are eligible to register with MSU students that have comparable credit hours. To view when you will be able to register for classes, and for other helpful tools and information (such as a registration demo video), visit the Registration website. To register online, you will need to login to my.missouristate.edu, select the academics tab, then us the registration tools section. If you need assistance with the registration process, visit the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320.

Math placement

If you have not taken Math 103 or higher, then you may need to take a placement exam. For more information, visit the Math Placement at Missouri State University web page.

Final transcripts

If you were admitted prior to completing all coursework at another college or university, be sure to request that your institution send a final, official transcript to the Missouri State Office of Admissions Office after your grades for the last semester have been posted. If you have completed an Associate of Arts degree (AA or AAT) or 42-hour certified block, please have that noted on your transcript so you’ll receive proper credit.

bulletApply for financial aid

Missouri State offers a comprehensive program of financial assistance including transfer scholarships (March 1 or October 1 deadlines). To learn more, visit the Scholarships web page. If you wish to be considered for financial aid but have not already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may do so at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For additional information please contact the Missouri State Office of Financial Aid at 417-836-5262 or 800-283-4243 in Carrington Hall, Room 101.

bulletApply for housing

On-Campus: The best place to live is on campus. It is affordable, convenient, FUN and safe. View the Residence Life and Services website for housing options. Single students under 21 with fewer than 30 hours of transferable hours (earned after high school graduation) are required to live in university housing and must complete an application for university housing or successfully appeal. If you have questions, please contact the Department of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services, located in Hammons House, Room 104, by calling 417-836-5536 or 800-284-7535.

Off-Campus: To learn about off campus housing, visit the Springfield Housing and Living website.

bulletObtain BearPass card and parking permit

To pick up your BearPass Card (Missouri State Student ID) go to Plaster Student Union, Room 128. You will need a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or state ID) to obtain your BearPass Card, but there is no charge. Please verify that your name in the admission letter we sent you is the same as your government-issued ID. If it is different you will have difficulty getting your BearPass Card. If you need to change your name on our record to match your government-issued ID please contact the Office of the Registrar at 417-836-5520.

To obtain a Missouri State parking permit you must register the vehicle(s) you will be driving with the Parking Administration Office, Transit Operations Center, 700 E. Elm. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 417-836-4825 or visit the Parking Administration website.

bulletSign up for Missouri State Alert

Missouri State Alert is the University's mass notification system, which uses a variety of methods to contact students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency or school closing. To get started, you'll need your BearPass Login and password. You'll be able to select the contact options you'd like the system to use, and you can come back at any time to change your selection. Subscription information will not be shared. View the Subscription Options web page and sign up.

bulletGet involved at Missouri State

Involved students are more likely to graduate, feel more connected to the university, the campus and the people, and are more familiar with university resources. Those students report higher levels of satisfaction with their college experience. A great way to get involved at Missouri State is participation in one of our 300+ student organizations. View the Student Organizations web page for a list of these organizations.

bulletReserve your books

You may reserve books online at the Textbook Reservation web page, or purchase them while you are on campus at the University Bookstore. The Bookstore is open year round for the purchase of textbooks, course materials, BearWear and much more. For additional information and hours please visit the University Bookstore website or contact them at 417-836-5403. Books may be charged to your student account.

bulletVisit campus

Visiting campus and taking a tour can be very helpful in your transition and many of the items on this list can be done while on campus. To schedule a tour, visit the Visit Campus website or call Admissions at 417-836-6614. If you come to campus to complete one or more of the above items, you can find guest parking at the corner of National Avenue and Bear Boulevard. We do, however, recommend stopping at the Transit Operations Center to purchase a $2 visitor parking permit so you do not have to feed the meters.