Freshman Year

Letting Grow

Learn ways you can help your student grow as they transition to Missouri State.

Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

In order to be considered for all possible financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available beginning October 1st of each year.   Complete the FAFSA in time for it to be received by the processor prior to February 1. Applications will be accepted after this date, but funds may be limited. 

Apply for Scholarships

The application for General and Department scholarships is available each year around November 1 and the deadline is March 1 for the following academic year. 

Spring Family Day at Hammons Field

Our annual Family Weekend will take place March 30th. Find out more here.

Stay safe

Encourage your student to visit the Safety and Transportation website to learn about Safe Walk, the Bear Line Shuttle and the Missouri State Alert System.

Stay active

Stress the importance of physical activity. Encourage regularly scheduled times for physical activity. The Campus Recreation Center offers fitness and group exercise, adventure trips, intramural sports, and more than 100 interactive cardio machines.

Healthy for life

Discuss with your student the importance of a healthy life style by dining on campus

Succeeding in class

Encourage your student to learn how to take good notes and prepare for class.

Writing skills

Suggest that your student visit the Bear CLAW website to improve their writing skills.

Joining a fraternity/sorority

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority website has information about the Fraternity and Sorority community here at Missouri State.

Finding a job

Check out the Student Employment website for employment opportunities for your student.


Encourage your student to visit the Real L.I.F.E website to learn about money and budgeting.

Getting involved on campus

Recommend that your student visit the Office of Student Engagement website to connect to the campus community. With more than 350 student organizations, there is something for everyone.

Residence hall living

Suggest your student visit the Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services FAQ website when they have questions about roommates, maintenance requests and other residence life issues.

Learning about student resources

Magers Health and Wellness Center

Multicultural Programs

Counseling Center

Financial Aid

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