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Orientation Leaders at Mississippi State University 2013

Orientation on Mississippi State's beautiful campus is a great time for you and your parents to become better acquainted with the university, the campus, and the Starkville community! The university officially welcomes its new class of students and parents during this time through exciting activities, events, information sessions, and class registration. MSU looks forward to seeing you at Orientation 2014!

2014 Orientation Programs


  • June 9-10 - Event Full
  • June 12-13 - Event Full
  • June 16-17 - Event Full
  • June 19-20
  • June 23-24
  • June 26-27

During Orientation 2014, Mississippi State will welcome incoming students to the Bulldog family. Orientation sessions will feature a variety of information for both students and parents. From chats with Orientation Leaders to meetings with university administrators, Orientation will provide an overview of the journey that lies ahead.

What to Bring

  • Casual clothes
  • Comfortable clothing & shoes (It's going to be hot and you'll be doing a lot of walking!)
  • Toiletries (such as shampoo, soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, etc.)
  • Towel & wash cloth (for those staying in on campus orientation housing)
  • Alarm clock
  • Spending money (Barnes & Noble has great MSU gear!)
  • Rain wear (just in case!)
  • Sweater or jacket (some meeting rooms can be a little chilly)
  • Proof of immunization (students) if not already provided to the university
  • Net ID and Net Password for class registration (students)
  • Your instrument (if you'd like to try out for the Famous Maroon Band)
  • Your BULLDOG SPIRIT!

Freshmen Rates

Orientation rates include the class registration fee, as well as dinner on the first night and lunch on the second day of the event. Students and parents will receive Orientation 2014 t-shirts, lanyards and an information book (parents only) upon arrival.

*These rates do not include Orientation Housing fees for guests who plan to stay on campus during the Orientation session.Orientation fees are non-refundable.

  • $120 Freshmen Students
  • $75 Freshmen Parents

Freshmen - For Students

Students are given an exciting introduction into the Bulldog family through Dawg Talk sessions and meetings with university administrators, faculty and staff. Students also register for fall classes, while meeting faculty and academic advisers within the major of their choice.

Program Highlights

General Assembly
Students and parents get a special university welcome from MSU Orientation Leaders, administrators and faculty. Program announcements are also made that will help you during your time at Orientation 2014.

Dawg Talk
Students meet with Orientation Leaders and learn about the many services and opportunities available at MSU, while creating new friendships and establishing connections with the university community. MSU ID cards will be made during this time as well.

Campus Life Session
Several of the university's most important student service areas provide presentations and discussion sessions for students and parents. Whether it is Greek Life, Day One Leadership Community, or MSU Athletics, students and parents alike are provided with exciting information about life on the MSU campus.

Registrar's Session
The University Registrar will provide an overview of the course registration procedures at MSU, while demonstrating the university's web registration system.

Academic Advising and Class Registration
Students meet with faculty and academic advisers within their respective major and register for their fall classes.

Tentative Schedule for Students (PDF)



Freshmen - For Parents

Parents will enjoy their welcome into the MSU family by meeting university administrators and attending information sessions that cover a host of university issues.

Program Highlights

General Assembly
Students and parents alike get a special university welcome from MSU Orientation Leaders, administrators and faculty. Program announcements are also made that will help you during your time at Orientation.

Crucial Issues and Decisions
Parents will hear from the Vice President of Student Affairs about the many responsibilities and decisions that students will face as new members of the MSU family. Parents receive information about the university resources available to assist both students and parents.

Housing and Dining
Office of Housing and Residence Life and MSU Dining Services will team up to provide information about the university's residence life experience and the various dining opportunities on the MSU campus, including venues, meal plans and flex dollars.

Money Matters
Parents will meet with officials from Admissions and Scholarships, Account Services and the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss the financial issues involved with a student's entrance into MSU. Billing and payment issues, scholarship award logistics and financial aid allotments are all covered during this session.

Campus Services Fair
Parents have the opportunity to speak with administrators from many of the university's student service areas, such as the Student Health Center, the Office of Parent Services, the Career Center, Transit Services, and others. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about resources and services available to support students during this exciting transitional time.

Campus Life Session
Several of the university's most important student service areas provide presentations and discussion sessions for parents. Whether it is Greek Life, Dawg Talks, or Veterans Affairs, parents are provided with valuable information about life on the MSU campus.

Dawg Talk
Parents will have the opportunity to meet the MSU Orientation Leaders to get current students' perspectives on many of their concerns and questions.

Tentative Schedule for Parents (PDF)

  • April 7* - Event Full

*Students must have been admitted to the Shackouls Honors College to attend Honors Orientation

On April 7, 2014, Mississippi State will welcome incoming Shackouls Honors College students during a special orientation event. Honors Orientation* will feature a variety of information sessions for both students and parents. From chats with Orientation Leaders to meetings with university administrators, Honors Orientation will provide an overview of the journey that lies ahead.

What to Bring

  • Casual clothes
  • Comfortable shoes (You'll be doing a lot of walking!)
  • Spending money (Barnes & Noble has great MSU gear!)
  • Rain wear (just in case!)
  • Sweater or jacket (some meeting rooms can be a little chilly)
  • Proof of immunization (students) if not already provided to the university
  • Net ID and Net Password for class registration (students)
  • Your BULLDOG SPIRIT!

Honors Freshmen Rates

Orientation rates include the class registration fee and lunch on the day of the event. Students and parents will receive Orientation 2014 t-shirts, lanyards, and an information book (parents only) upon arrival. Because classes are still in session, we are not able to offer on-campus housing during this particular Orientation session. All Orientation fees are non-refundable.

*Because classes are still in session, we are not able to offer on-campus housing during this particular Orientation session.

  • $85 Honors Freshmen Students
  • $50 Honors Freshmen Parents


Honors - For Students

Students are given an exciting introduction into the Bulldog family through two Dawg Talk sessions and meetings with university administrators, faculty and staff. Students also register for fall classes, while meeting faculty and academic advisers within the major of their choice.

Program Highlights

General Assembly
Students and parents get a special university welcome from MSU Orientation Leaders, administrators and faculty. Program announcements are also made that will help you during your time at Orientation 2014.

Dawg Talk
Students meet with Orientation Leaders and learn about the many services and opportunities available at MSU, while creating new friendships and establishing connections with the university community. MSU ID cards will be made during this time as well.

Registrar's Session
The University Registrar will provide an overview of the course registration procedures at MSU, while demonstrating the university's web registration system.

Academic Advising and Class Registration
Students meet with faculty and academic advisers within their respective major and register for their fall classes.

Tentative Schedule for Students (PDF)



Honors - For Parents

Parents will have the opportunity to meet with administrators and attend information sessions that cover a host of university related topics. Parents will also meet with the Director of the Shackouls Honors College and representatives from across campus to gain insight into student life on the MSU campus.

Program Highlights

General Assembly
Students and parents alike get a special university welcome from MSU Orientation Leaders, administrators and faculty. Program announcements are also made that will help you during your time at Orientation.

Crucial Issues and Decisions
Parents will hear from the Vice President of Student Affairs about the many responsibilities and decisions that students will face as new members of the MSU family. Parents receive information about the university resources available to assist both students and parents.

Housing and Dining
Office of Housing and Residence Life and MSU Dining Services will team up to provide information about the university's residence life experience and the various dining opportunities on the MSU campus, including venues, meal plans and flex dollars.

Money Matters
Parents will meet with officials from Admissions and Scholarships, Account Services and the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss the financial issues involved with a student's entrance into MSU. Billing and payment issues, scholarship award logistics and financial aid allotments are all covered during this session.

Campus Services Fair
Parents have the opportunity to speak with administrators from many of the university's student service areas, such as the Student Health Center, the Office of Parent Services, the Career Center, Transit Services, and others. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about resources and services available to support students during this exciting transitional time.

Campus Life Session
Several of the university's most important student service areas provide presentations and discussion sessions for parents. Whether it is Greek Life, Dawg Talks, or Veterans Affairs, parents are provided with valuable information about life on the MSU campus.

Dawg Talk
Parents will have the opportunity to meet the MSU Orientation Leaders to get current students' perspectives on many of their concerns and questions.

Tentative Schedule for Parents (PDF)

  • April 14*
  • May 22
  • June 25

*Transfer Orientation on April 14 is open to Phi Theta Kappa members only

What to Bring

  • Casual clothes
  • Comfortable shoes (You'll be doing a lot of walking!)
  • Toiletries (such as shampoo, soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, etc.)
  • Towel & wash cloth (for those staying in on campus orientation housing)
  • Alarm clock
  • Spending money (Barnes & Noble has great MSU gear!)
  • Rain wear (just in case!)
  • Sweater or jacket (some meeting rooms can be a little chilly)
  • Driver's Licence & application (If you signed up for your P.O. Box online)
  • Proof of immunization (students) if not already provided to the university
  • Net ID and Net Password for class registration (students)
  • Your instrument (if you'd like to try out for the Famous Maroon Band)
  • Your BULLDOG SPIRIT!

Transfer Rates

Orientation rates include the class registration fee as well as lunch the day of the event. Students and parents will receive Orientation 2014 t-shirts, lanyards and an information book (parents only) upon arrival. All Orientation fees are non-refundable.

*Because classes are still in session, we are not able to offer on-campus housing during the April 14th Phi Theta Kappa Orientation session.

  • $85 Transfer Students
  • $50 Transfer Parents


Transfer - For Students

Students are given an exciting introduction into the Bulldog family through a Dawg Talk session and meetings with university administrators, faculty and staff. Students also register for fall classes, while meeting faculty and academic advisers within the major of their choice.

Program Highlights

General Assembly
Students and parents get a special university welcome from administrators and faculty. Program announcements are also made that will help you during your time at Orientation 2014!

Dawg Talk
Students learn about the many services and opportunities available at MSU, while creating new friendships and establishing connections with the university community.

Campus Services Fair
Parents have the opportunity to speak with administrators from many of the university's student service areas, such as the Student Health Center, the Office of Parent Services, the Career Center, Transit Services, and others. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about resources and services available to support students during this exciting transitional time.

University Registrar's Session
The University Registrar will provide an overview of the course registration procedures at MSU, while demonstrating the university's web registration system.

Academic Advising and Class Registration
Students meet with faculty and academic advisers within their respective major and register for their fall classes.

Tentative Transfer Schedule for Students (PDF)



Transfer - For Parents

Parents will enjoy their welcome into the MSU family by meeting university administrators and attending information sessions that cover a host of university issues. Parents will also meet with faculty from their student's respective academic college to learn about academic life and curriculum here at MSU.

Program Highlights

General Assembly
Students and parents alike get a special university welcome from administrators and faculty. Program announcements are also made that will help you during your time at Orientation 2014.

Essential University Services
Participate in a question and answer session with representatives from Account Services, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Housing, Dining, Money Mate, and the Career Center.

Campus Services Fair
Parents have the opportunity to speak with administrators from many of the university's student service areas, such as the Student Health Center, the Office of Parent Services, the Career Center, Transit Services, and others. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about resources and services available to support students during this exciting transitional time.

Campus Life Presentations
Several of the university's most important student service areas provide presentations and discussion sessions for parents. Whether it is Greek Life or Veterans Affairs, parents are provided with valuable information about life on the MSU campus.

Tentative Transfer Schedule for Parents (PDF)

  • June 4

Summer School Orientation is a half-day event designed to give students an introduction into the 'People's University.' Summer School Orientation will officially welcome new students into the Bulldog family!

What to Bring

  • Casual clothes
  • Comfortable shoes (You'll be doing a lot of walking!)
  • Spending money (Barnes & Noble has great MSU gear!)
  • Rain wear (just in case!)
  • Sweater or jacket (some meeting rooms can be a little chilly)
  • Proof of immunization (students) if not already provided to the university
  • Net ID and Net Password for class registration (students)
  • Your BULLDOG SPIRIT!

Summer Rates

Orientation rates include the class registration fee (students only) and information book (parents only) upon arrival. Orientation fees are non-refundable.

  • $40 Summer Students
  • $15 Summer Parents

Program Highlights

General Assembly
Guests will get a special university welcome. Program announcements are also made that will help you during your time at Summer School Orientation.

Registrar's Session
The University Registrar will provide an overview of the course registration procedures at MSU, while demonstrating the university's web registration system.

Registration & Course Scheduling
Students meet with faculty and academic advisors within their respective major and register for their summer school classes.

Tentative Summer School Schedule (PDF)