New students planning to enroll in 2021 summer session and/or fall semester classes at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) can now sign up for the university’s STudent Advising and Registration (STAR) Orientation.
Cindy Bridges, coordinator of student advisement at the Advisement and Academic Coaching Center for Empowering Student Success (AACCESS), said first-time freshmen or transfer students with less than 10 credit hours must register for and complete one of these three types of orientations:
- Zoom video conferencing session on June 3.
- On-campus, in-person sessions set for Aug. 13 and 18.
- Online sessions via the university’s Blackboard learning management system, which can be completed at any time.
What you will learn
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, whether via Zoom, Blackboard or in person, new students will receive information they need for a successful start to their collegiate career, Bridges said.
University administrators and staff members will present information about the campus and explain important topics including, but not limited to:
- Financial aid
- Student life and housing
- Tutoring and other support services
- Professional services
- Academic programs
- Degree planning
AACCESS and faculty academic advisers will contact students to schedule either a phone, on-campus or Zoom advising and registration appointment. The appointment may be prior to, on or after the date the students complete STAR Orientation.
Some advisers may offer in-person advising and scheduling visits upon request. Masks will be required during these visits. Students should contact their advisors for more information.
Additional steps in the process
Students also will be provided a checklist of additional tasks to complete prior to the start of their first classes, such as scheduling a visit with a financial aid representative, purchasing textbooks at Drago College Store, and obtaining a BearPass photo ID and parking permit.
“Once they complete all of these steps, students will be well prepared for the first day of classes,” Bridges said.
Summer session classes begin June 7; fall semester classes start Aug. 23.
Before attending an orientation, students must be admitted to the university and complete required placement testing.
For more information about the admissions process, call the MSU-WP admissions office at 417-255-7955 or email WPAdmissions@MissouriState.edu.
For more information about required testing, contact the university’s Testing Services at 417-255-7943 or email WPTesting@MissouriState.edu.
For more information about STAR Orientation sessions and how to register for an orientation session, contact AACCESS at 417-255-7222, email WPAACCESS@MissouriState.edu or complete the online form on the AACCESS website at wp.missouristate.edu/aaccess/star.
All university offices can be contacted toll free by calling 1-888-466-7897.