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Orientation is an exciting event for you and your parents/guardians to learn about campus, hear from university administrators and start preparing for your transition to MSU. Also, during Orientation, you will hear from your academic college and register for your classes – so no need to stress picking out your classes beforehand. You will learn about residence halls, meal plans, MSU’s billing cycle, and options on paying your bill. We can’t wait to welcome you into our Bulldog family. 

Meet Your Orientation Leaders 


Academic Advising and Class Registration

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

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.

University Billing Cycle

Student accounts are to be paid in full or enrolled in a payment plan, by August 1st for the Fall semesters, or January 1st for the Spring semesters. Payment plans give students the option to disperse the bill over four months. During Orientation, you can learn more about enrolling in a payment plan and how to access your account to do so. 

Cost to Attend

Face-to-Face Sessions

Students $110
Guests $85

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to do anything prior to my scheduled Orientation date?
    Yes! You will be given access to complete your Pre-Orientation modules. The Pre-Orientation experience must be completed by 5:00 p.m. CT the day before your scheduled Orientation session. Please check your email regularly for instructions and updates regarding Orientation.

  • Who can attend Scholars Orientation?
    Scholars Orientation is for students who have been fully admitted to the Shackouls Honors College. 

  • Are Honors College students required to attend Scholars Orientation?
    No! Our Scholars Orientation is simply an option for our Honors College students. If the dates do not work for your schedule or if the sessions have reached capacity, students can attend any other Freshman Orientation session that works for their schedule.

  • Which session should I attend if I am participating in the College Ready Program?
    College Ready students should select a June Orientation Session that works best for their schedule.

  • Will there be a way to connect with other incoming students during Freshman Orientation so I can make friends before classes start?
    During your scheduled Orientation session, we will offer special students-only sessions called “Dawg Talks” led by our Orientation Leaders. During these sessions, students will hear a current student’s perspective on life at MSU as well as get to know other incoming students. The ZeeMee app is also a great way to connect with incoming students. When classes begin in the fall, there will be a number of ways you can connect with other students, such as Dawg Days. You can also participate in New Maroon Camp before fall classes begin. 

  • What should I bring to Orientation?
    Students should bring a smart phone, laptop, or tablet in order to register for classes at Orientation. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and casual clothes (it will be hot!). We also recommend that you bring a raincoat and/or umbrella if the forecast calls for rain. Students and guests should bring money for meals, coffee and soft drinks. Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State will be open throughout the program, as well, for textbook pre-orders, MSU apparel and other items.

  • I have mobility issues. Can I still participate in Orientation?
    Yes! We will work to provide alternate transportation for those with mobility issues to various locations during Orientation. In order for accommodations to be made, please be sure to include that information when you register for Orientation online; or feel free to contact our office to let us know if you will need alternate transportation or special assistance.

  • I have a disability. What accommodations can be made during Orientation?
    When signing up for an Orientation, there is a place to let us know if you need any special accommodations. You are also more than welcome to contact the Office of Orientation & Events at 662-325-2334 if you have a disability and require special accommodations. The Orientation staff team will work with the Office of Disability Support Services to provide assistance during the event.


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