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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 2015!

  • June 8-9 - Event Full
  • June 11-12
  • June 15-16
  • June 18-19
  • June 22-23
  • June 25-26

During Orientation 2015, 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 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 2015 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.

  • $120 Freshmen Students
  • $75 Freshmen Parents

All Orientation fees are non-refundable.

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 advisors 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 2015.

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 are advised and register for their fall classes in a group setting with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

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 & Programs 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.

Tentative Schedule for Parents (PDF)

  • April 13 - Event Full

*Students must have a minimum 29 composite ACT or have been admitted to the Shackouls Honors College to attend this session..

Scholars Orientation will feature a variety of information sessions for both students and parents. From chats with Orientation Leaders to meetings with university administrators, Scholars 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!

Scholars Freshmen Rates

Orientation rates include the class registration fee and lunch on the day of the event. Students and parents will receive Orientation 2015 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.

  • $85 Scholars Freshmen Students
  • $50 Scholars Freshmen Parents

All Orientation fees are non-refundable.



Scholars - 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 advisors 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 2015.

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 are advised and register for their fall classes in a group setting with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Tentative Schedule for Students (PDF)



Scholars - 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 Dean 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.

Tentative Schedule for Parents (PDF)

  • April 27
  • May 21
  • June 24

*Transfer Orientation on April 27 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 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 2015 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 the April 27th Phi Theta Kappa Orientation session.

  • $85 Transfer Students
  • $50 Transfer Parents

All Orientation fees are non-refundable.



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 advisors 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 2015!

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

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 are advised and register for their fall classes in a group setting with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Tentative Transfer Schedule for Students (PDF)
Tentative PTK 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 2015.

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 and Programs 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.

Tentative Transfer Schedule for Parents (PDF)
Tentative PTK Schedule for Parents (PDF)

  • June 3

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.

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

  • $40 Summer Students
  • $15 Summer Parents/Guests

All Orientation fees are non-refundable.

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 are advised and register for their fall classes in a group setting with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Tentative Summer School Schedule (PDF)

  • July 10

Our July 10 Orientation session is a one-day event available for both Freshmen and Transfer students who were not able to attend one of our June Orientation sessions. This event is designed to give students and parents an introduction into the "People's Univeristy" and officially welcome new students into the Bulldog family!

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 BULLDOG SPIRIT!

July Rates

Orientation rates include the class registration fee as well as lunch the day of the event. Students and parents will receive Orientation 2015 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.

  • $85 Students
  • $50 Parents

All Orientation fees are non-refundable.

July - 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 advisors 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 2015!

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

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 are advised and register for their fall classes in a group setting with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Tentative Schedule for Students (PDF)



July - 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 2015.

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 & Programs 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.

Tentative Schedule for Parents (PDF)