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.
Academic Advising and Class Registration
Students are advised and register for their classes in a group setting with the assistance of a faculty advisor.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Orientation Required?
Orientation is the best way to get registered for classes and learn about services offered to our students; however, Orientation is not required. If you are not able to participate in Orientation, you may participate in Spring Open Enrollment.
Who should attend Spring Orientation?
Students who have been admitted to the Spring Semester and are planning on beginning classes in January should attend Spring Orientation.
If I participate in Spring Open Enrollment (during November), do I have to attend Spring Orientation?
No. The main purpose of our Spring orientation session in January is to allow students to register for their fall-spring courses if they have not already done so.
What is Spring Open Enrollment (November)?
Open Enrollment beginning in mid-November is for new incoming students beginning at MSU during the spring semester. During Open Enrollment, newly admitted students may contact their academic departments and ask to speak to an advisor who can help them register for their fall semester courses. If an advisor is not available or the department does not participate in Open Enrollment, the student is encouraged to participate in Spring Orientation, held at the beginning of January, where they will be able to register for classes. Students who choose to participate in Open Enrollment versus Spring Orientation will be assessed a one-time $30 registration fee, which will be added to their student account.
What should I bring to Orientation?
Students should bring a smartphone, 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.