For all students admitted for the fall semester, Summer Welcome Orientation and Advising are the next steps in your transition to college life.
Orientation and academic advising are separate processes that will take place over the next few months. 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.
Want some extra help with the orientation and advising process? Watch a recording of our How To: Summer Welcome webinar!
What is Orientation?
For orientation, you can choose to attend a virtual session, or you can attend in person.
Not sure which orientation format is best for you? Here are some things to consider when choosing whether to register for an in-person or virtual session.
- One day of on-campus orientation activities, beginning at approximately 8 a.m., with required activities ending at 5 p.m. Optional evening activities will end at 11 p.m.
- Get a chance to visit and tour campus before moving in this fall
- Optional overnight stay: Students who choose the overnight option will stay the night in a residence hall with other incoming students. Parents and guests may choose to stay separately in a residence hall. The next day, you will get the chance to visit student services including Disability Services, Student Financial Aid, and others (appointments are available and recommended).
- A half-day of Zoom-based orientation activities
- Save on travel costs (you’ll get a campus tour when you arrive in August)
Both the virtual and in-person options will give you all the essential information you need about living and learning at Mizzou.
- Learn about college life and resources available on-campus
- Get to know your future classmates
You’ll also meet your Summer Welcome Leaders, current Mizzou students who are ready to answer your questions and share their insider knowledge of campus. See the “What to Expect at Orientation” section below for more details and a sample schedule.
What is Advising?
You’ll have a one-on-one 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.
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.
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.
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 orientation session.
In addition to participating in orientation, international students should plan to attend International Student Welcome.
Transferring to Mizzou from another college or university? Summer Welcome Orientation is for you, too! Your orientation session will include activities and information tailored to the transfer student experience.
Did you enroll after the Summer Welcome registration deadline? You can still pick from available sessions.
What to Expect at Orientation
Before your orientation session in June or July, you’ll need to complete your Pre-Orientation course online. These activities will get you ready for orientation at Mizzou and share important information you’ll need to get started at Mizzou.
Below is a sample of orientation activities (you’ll get a complete schedule closer to your registered session date)
- Small group discussions with classmates and Summer Welcome Leaders
- Presentations from: Financial Aid and Cashiers, Student Health and Well-Being, Disability Center, Safety and more
- Residential Life, Campus Dining Services, and student involvement information
- Honors College orientation for admitted honors students
- Parents and Families panel discussion
- School and College Visit that your major falls under
- For in-person sessions: optional evening activities include pizza, ice cream, a dance party, learning fun Mizzou traditions, a chant war, and more.
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.