Summer Welcome FAQs

1. Why is it so important that I attend Summer Welcome?

Summer Welcome is Mizzou’s advising, registration, and orientation program for new students. This program will welcome and introduce you to the campus community. It is your opportunity to meet with an academic adviser from your intended major and complete your fall course schedule. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet new and current MU students, interact with faculty and staff, and learn about involvement opportunities beyond the classroom. At Summer Welcome you will receive answers to any questions you may have.

2. How do I register for Summer Welcome?

Please go to to register for one of the Summer Welcome sessions. You will need your user name and permanent password. Your user name can be found on the letter that accompanied your New Student Guide booklet sent to you in the mail. If you do not remember your password, you will need to go to and click on the link “Forgot Your Password?”

3. When I try to register for Summer Welcome I am told I have to pay a $300.00 fee. What is this fee?

All new MU students are required to pay a one-time enrollment fee of $300.00. The fee is refundable until May 1. This fee must be paid in order to participate in Summer Welcome. If you choose to pay your enrollment fee online through your application status page (, please allow 48 hours for the payment to process before attempting to register for a Summer Welcome session.

4. Where is the schedule for Summer Welcome?

You will receive a schedule of session times and locations when you arrive at check-in. The first day will primarily be information sessions, and the second day will include advising and course registration, which each academic division does differently. The academic divisions will not allow you to meet with an adviser or register for courses if you do not attend all of the programs and events during Summer Welcome, so you must be here for the full two days.

5. When will I meet with my adviser and register for classes?

You will meet with your academic adviser on the second day.  You will receive your advising time during the programming on the first day.  The academic divisions will not allow you to meet with an adviser or register for courses if you do not attend all of the programs and events during Summer Welcome, so you must be here for the full two days.

6. Where should I park for Summer Welcome?

Parking permits are now electronic, utilizing your license plate number.  Please make sure you submitted your vehicle information via the link before parking.  This link will be emailed to your student prior to your selected date.   The Office of New Student Programs is not responsible for ticket violations.

7. Where do I check in for Summer Welcome?

Check-in will be from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. in Rollins in Hudson/Gillett Residence Halls on the corner of Rollins and Virginia Avenue.

8. I have already sent in money for my guests, and now one or both of them can't attend. What do I do?

If any of your registered guests change their schedule and can’t attend prior to 3 business days before your session; you must log back into your reservation and make the changes.  You will then submit a refund request to our office for all appropriate expenses. Reservation changes can not be made 3 business days prior to your session online.

9. I will be arriving the night before my Summer Welcome session. Do you provide lodging?

Yes, we provide on-campus housing for the night before your Summer Welcome session for both students and parents. If you need such housing, please indicate this on your Summer Welcome Reservation form. If you are traveling a long distance and need an extra night, you can pay $25 for each additional night’s stay. Parents and other guests will each pay $30 for each additional night’s stay.

10. When will my Summer Welcome session be over?

Students attending the two-day session will complete Summer Welcome by 2:00 pm on Day Two. Students attending a one-day session will complete their activities by 5:00 pm.

11. Will my student be able to pick their roommate for the overnight stay?

All students may request one roommate to stay with them during Summer Welcome but this request will be processed based on 1) students are attending the same session and 2) both students must requesting each other.  Note:  You may only request one roommate.

12. Where will parents/guests stay overnight?

Parents/Guests may choose to stay on campus for a fee or off campus in hotel accommodations they plan for themselves.  Staying on campus is an alternative to staying at one of the hotels in Columbia.  If choosing to stay on campus, parents/guests will be staying in a Suite-style Residence Hall with a bathroom shared by up to four guests. Please take this into consideration before signing up for the stay. Guests of the same student may stay together if they choose, please make sure to select different rooms on your reservation if you choose not to room together.  If you have 3 or more guests staying in the Residence Halls, please let us know which guests will be staying together in which rooms.

13. What is an academic guide and how do I replace the one I lost?

The Academic Guide is a planning worksheet that helps student’s start to figure out what classes they would like to take while they are here. It is not necessary to complete before the student meets with their adviser, but it is helpful. An extra copy can be found on our website on the main page under “Quick Links”.