It’s not too late for new students to sign up for STudent Advising and Registration (STAR) Orientation sessions offered by Missouri State University-West Plains for the 2019 fall semester.
Cindy Bridges, coordinator of student academic advisement at the Advisement and Academic Coaching Center for Empowering Student Success (AACCESS), said spaces are available for the following STAR sessions:
- July 19 and 25
- August 2, 9 and 16
In addition, a STAR Orientation session will be offered July 23 at the university’s Mountain Grove campus at Shannon Hall, 401 E. 17th St., Bridges said.
Space is limited for each STAR session, so students are encouraged to register early for their preferred session, she stressed.
How STAR Helps Students
STAR Orientations are designed to provide students with an introduction to the university and its services, policies and procedures, and to assist students in registering for their first semester.
During STAR, students will:
- meet with a faculty adviser
- schedule fall classes
- receive a photo ID
- be assigned a BearPass login
- receive a parking permit
- have an opportunity to visit with a financial aid representative
- purchase textbooks at Drago College Store
- if desired, take a tour of the campus
“In short, they will be totally prepared for the first day of classes on Aug. 19, 2019,” Bridges said.
Special Program for Family and Friends
She also pointed out a separate program is available for parents, spouses and friends of the students to attend.
“They will hear from a number of university administrators and staff members who will present information about the campus, explain important topics such as academic degree programs, financial aid, etc., and provide insightful tips about how they can help their student achieve academic success,” Bridges said.
Before attending an orientation, students must be admitted to the university and complete required ACT or Accuplacer placement testing. Additional testing may be required for placement purposes depending upon ACT scores.
For information about the admissions process, call the Missouri State-West Plains admissions office at 417-255-7955.
For more information about required testing, contact the university’s Testing Center at 417-255-7943.
For more information about the STAR Orientation sessions and how to register for an orientation session, contact AACCESS at 417-255-7222.
All university offices can be contacted toll free by calling 1-888-466-7897.