August Orientation

August Orientation is Mizzou’s “last chance” orientation, advisement, and registration program for new freshmen and transfer students.  August sessions are not as comprehensive as Summer Welcome sessions offered in June and July but you will meet with an academic advisor and register your fall classes.

During your one-day session you will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, learn about University services, resources, and policies, receive your MU ID card, meet other new MU students, learn how to use your MU technology account, and receive answers to any questions you may have.You should complete your day no later than 5:00pm.

If you are no longer planning to attend the University of Missouri, please inform the Office of Admissions of your decision in writing. You may do so by going to or by faxing a statement to 573-882-7887.


During August Orientation, you will be matched with an orientation leader, your primary host during your one on campus.  Your leader will be a current student who will talk with you about what you can expect at Mizzou and will offer support, guidance and advice from the perspective of a Mizzou student.  One of the many activities that awaits you at August Orientation is the opportunity to meet with an academic adviser from your intended division and complete your class schedule.

Sample of Day One:
Welcome Session
Professor’s perspective
Registration Policies, Finances, and Student Health
Division orientation, Small Group, Campus Tour
Mizzou Fair
Academic Advising
Mizzou IT technology account setup
Order textbooks for fall

Please arrive no later than 8:20 a.m on day one. August Orientation begins at approximately 9 a.m. and ends at approximately 4:30 p.m. for students.

Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  We suggest checking the local forecast to help you plan, but keep in mind that Missouri weather can change quickly and it is always good to be prepared for all types of weather.

The following information is only for students living in a Residence Hall during the 2016-2017 academic year:

If you will be living in a residence hall during the 2016-2017 academic year, have an active contract with Residential Life, and are attending August Orientation on Tuesday, August 16 you may move into your assigned residence hall room on Tuesday, August 16 AFTER orientation ends.  There will be an additional fee for early move-in, $18.25 per night until August 17.

For those attending the August 16 orientation and planning to move into your residence hall room early, you must sign-up for August Orientation no later than Tuesday, August 9 at 5:00 pm.

Please note that your meal plan does not officially begin until breakfast on Monday, August 15. However, you may begin using your block meal plan on Monday when you arrive.  Be sure to check Campus Dining Services Web site for current information on locations available and the hours of operation.  The Office of New Student Programs will provide lunch on the day of your orientation session.

Please visit Residential Life’s website at for more information about moving into your fall room assignment.

  • Parking permit (enclosed with this letter)
  • myZou student number (Eight digits)
  • Government Issued-Photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport (you will have your picture taken for your Mizzou TigerCard, the MU ID card, and identification is required)
  • Completed immunization documentation (if you have not already mailed this to campus, bring it with you)
  • Casual clothes including comfortable walking shoes
  • Umbrella

Optional items to bring:

  • Copy of Transcript if you haven’t had the original sent to Admissions.

Before attending August Orientation:

Check-in for August Orientation will be from 7:45am – 8:30am at the Food Court in the MU Student Center.

Be sure to pick up a parking pass for your August Orientation session at the entrance to the Virginia Parking Garage and display it in the windshield of your vehicle. You are subject to ticketing if you forget to display this permit or park in non-designated parking lots. The Office of New Student Programs is not responsible for ticket violations.

Parking will be in the Virginia Avenue Parking Structure-LEVELS 4 and ABOVE ONLY

2016 August Orientation dates

1. Monday, August 15, 2016
2. Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Confirmation of your August Orientation reservation will be sent via email to the address you have provided Mizzou. Please do not make Airline or Hotel reservations until you have received this email. If you have not received it within 2 weeks of submitting your reservation, please call our office.