Freshmen Scholars Orientation


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Registration Information

Registration will be available March 1st at 9 a.m. CST.

Scholars Orientation is a two-day, invitation-only orientation session for students with a minimum 29 composite ACT or students that have been admitted to the Shackouls Honors College. This exclusive Orientation features meetings with Honors College representatives, university administrators, and Orientation Leaders to provide an overview of the journey that lies ahead.

To register for Orientation:

  1. Your student must be admitted to MSU.
  2. The student will use their NetID from MSU and the NetPassword they created for their online application to register themselves and parents/guests. 
  3. You must have a valid credit card to register online. 

If your student has forgotten their NetPassword or if they applied to MSU using a paper application, then please click here

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.

Orientation Fees

Orientation rates include the class registration fee and lunch on the day of the event. Students and parents will receive Orientation 2018 t-shirts, lanyards, and a parent handbook upon arrival.

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.





What to Bring

  • Casual clothes
  • Comfortable shoes (You'll be doing a lot of walking!)
  • Spending money (Barnes & Noble has great MSU gear!)
  • Rainwear (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)


Parking and Directions

Where to Stay

Starkville has many options for where to stay during Orientation. Class is still in session during this Orientation, so we are not able to offer on-campus housing during this session but check out our local hotels that offer Southern hospitality as soon as you walk in the door!

Where to Stay


Student Tentative Schedule

Parent Tentative Schedule