August Orientation & Advising

If late enrollment or other circumstances prevented you from attending Summer Welcome Orientation, August Orientation is your chance to catch up and be fully prepared for the fall semester.

This one-day orientation is for new freshmen, transfer students, military service members and other nontraditional students.

You can choose to attend a virtual session or an on-campus session.

Reservations & Dates

Orientation and academic advising are separate processes. We’ll walk you through each one, step by step, so make sure to check your MU email frequently for important dates, reminders, and more information.

Already registered for orientation? Log back in to the reservations site to follow your orientation and advising checklist.

Checklist & Guide

Want some extra help with the orientation and advising process? Watch a recording of our How To: Summer Welcome webinar! The information in this webinar is relevant to August Orientation & Advising students, too.

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What is Orientation?

Both the virtual and in-person options will give you all the essential information you need about living and learning at Mizzou.

On the day of your August Orientation session, you will:

  • Meet with current students who can answer your questions about life at Mizzou
  • Get to know campus and receive important information about student services
  • Get to know your future classmates

You’ll also meet your Orientation Leaders, current Mizzou students who are ready to answer your questions and share their insider knowledge of campus.

What is Advising?

You’ll have an appointment with an academic advisor from your chosen academic unit (or a general studies advisor, if you’re still exploring majors) to choose your classes and get registered for your first semester at Mizzou.

This appointment can take place in person on campus, or virtually on Zoom. No matter which format you choose, your meeting will be the same length and have all the same content! If you choose an in-person advising appointment, you’ll have to make two separate trips to campus for advising and orientation.

Getting Started

Before you reserve your space at orientation and start your advising process, you’ll need to go to your application status page to accept your admission and pay your enrollment fee.

Application Status Page

Once you’ve completed those steps, click below to view session dates and reserve a spot for your selected date. You can log back in at any time to update your reservation and view a checklist of orientation and advising tasks.

You can make changes to your reservation (including room reservations and meals for guests), up to three business days before your orientation session date.

Reservations & Dates

After you’ve reserved your session date, the How-To: Summer Welcome page is your go-to guide to prepare for advising and attending your August Orientation session.

How-To: Summer Welcome

In addition to participating in orientation, international students should plan to attend International Student Welcome.

Transferring to Mizzou from another college or university? August Orientation is for you, too! Your orientation session will include activities and information tailored to the transfer student experience.

Pre-Orientation & Pre-Advising Course

Before your orientation session in August, you’ll need to complete your Pre-Orientation & Pre-Advising course online. These activities will get you ready for orientation and share important information you’ll need to get started at Mizzou. You’ll access the  Pre-Orientation & Pre-Advising course through your checklist on the reservations site.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to change or cancel your orientation session, you can do so in the reservation portal. Please finalize any changes at least three business days before your scheduled session.

If your plans to attend the University of Missouri for the fall semester have changed, you may receive a refund for your $300 enrollment fee prior to May 1. Log in to your application status page to decline your admission.