What should I bring?
It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes for walking 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 parents should bring money for meals on the second day (freshman), 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.
Should I bring money to Orientation?
Yes. It would be a great idea to bring money for meals, snacks and beverages during the program. Even though lunch and dinner will be provided on the first day of freshman sessions and lunch will be provided during transfer sessions, you'll need money for any additional meals or refreshments during your time here on campus. Also, Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State will be open throughout the program, as well, for textbook pre-orders, MSU apparel and other items.
If I attend an earlier session of Orientation, will I have a better chance of getting classes?
The earlier you attend orientation the more choices you will have available for class selection (preferred times, professors, etc.). All students, no matter which orientation session they attend, will leave orientation with a schedule that works for their major. The Registrar’s Office works very closely with all departments during orientation to ensure that students leave orientation with the best possible schedule. All students who are registered for an orientation session will be pre-scheduled in 12-15 hours of classes. When a student attends orientation and participates in course registration, they can look at the classes they have been pre-scheduled in, make any changes, ask questions, etc. We have many students who are not able to attend one of our June sessions, which means students will be registering for classes all the way up until classes begin in August.
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.
Is there a program for parents?
Yes! We have a two-day program for freshman parents and a one-day program for honors and transfer parents. Parents hear from university administrators and faculty, regarding their students' time here at MSU. Parents will also participate in information sessions regarding Housing and Residence Life, Money Matters, Greek Life, the Honors College, and a host of other student service opportunities.
I have not yet submitted the required immunization form. Can I still register for classes?
Students must submit an MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) immunization form before they are allowed to register for classes. It is recommended that you return your completed form before attending Orientation. The Longest Student Health Center accepts immunization records from physicians and health departments. An MSU Immunization form can be downloaded at http://www.health.msstate.edu/healthcenter/forms/mmrform.pdf. Once completed, forms can be faxed to the Student Health Center at 662-325-8888. Please be sure to include your 9-digit MSU ID number on your form. You will receive an e-mail confirming the receipt of your immunization record. If you have general questions concerning the status of your immunization records, please contact the Health Center via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method) or by phone 662-325-0706.
I have mobility issues. Can I still participate in Orientation?
Yes! We will provide alternate transportation for those with mobility issues to various locations during Orientation. In order for accommodations to be made, please contact our office to let us know if you will need alternate transportation.
I have a disability. What accommodations can be made during Orientation?
Please notify the Office of Admissions and Scholarships at 662-325-2224 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.
What if I want to change my major at Orientation?
It is recommended that you do so before attending an Orientation session. You can do this by e-mailing the Office of Admissions and Scholarships at email@example.com and providing your name, MSU ID number, and the major into which you would like to be placed. Staff members will also be available during Orientation to facilitate major changes.
Are there housing accommodations available during Orientation?
Yes! On-campus housing will be available during summer orientation sessions. Rooms will include individual bathrooms (please bring towels) and two extra-long twin beds with basic linens. Students and parents can reserve Orientation Housing after they have registered for their orientation session. Your confirmation email will include a link to the orientation housing registration page. Orientation Housing both on and off campus, fills quickly, so please make your reservations as soon as possible after you have successfully registered for your orientation session. There will be no available on-campus housing during August, Spring, Scholars, PTK or Summer School Orientation sessions, as the residence halls are in use during this time.
What if a session becomes full and it is the only one that I can attend?
In order to provide each student and parent the individual attention needed to successfully enter Mississippi State University, Orientation sessions are capped. Registration for each session has a first-come, first-served policy. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, students can make a written appeal to the Orientation Appeals Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org . The Appeals Committee will review all requests and respond back within five business days.
What if I cannot attend any of the sessions of Orientation?
Students unable to attend Orientation should contact their respective academic department in July (after Orientation) to schedule an individual registration session. Students must then meet with an academic advisor within their department of choice and submit a $30 registration fee to the Office of Admissions and Scholarships in 200 Montgomery Hall. In order to register for classes, students must have submitted a required immunization form and be fully admitted to the university.
Students are encouraged to attend a session in which they can fully participate.
Students will not be allowed to register for classes until the designated academic advisement and registration time in the schedule.
What is the best way to contact the Office of Orientation & Events if I have additional questions about Orientation?
The best way to contact the Office of Orientation & Events with any additional questions regarding Orientation is by e-mailing our office directly at email@example.com. We will respond to your e-mail within five business days.