Southern Welcome
Southern Welcome

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of attending Southern Welcome?

Students gathered at the Roasterie, University Java shop

Southern Welcome is designed as a one-stop program. All the resources and departments you need will be housed in one building. This allows you to save time and get all of your needs met in one afternoon. A reservation is required to ensure that we have an adequate number of faculty advisers to assist all students who attend the program.


What happens during Southern Welcome?

  • Hear from and meet with a Financial Aid Counselor
  • Process your Lion Card picture ID and parking permit
  • Learn about your student e-mail account
  • Learn about your billing statement
  • Find out about deadlines on tuition and fees
  • Learn about essential support services
  • Meet with an academic advisor to enroll for next semester’s classes
  • Tour of residence life facilities


Should my family attend?

We encourage you to bring your family to Southern Welcome. We want to welcome your family as well. We have a special program planned for families which runs concurrently with the student program. Families and guests will have an opportunity to:

  • Meet and talk with other families
  • Attend sessions on topics such as family and the freshman year
  • Learn about student support services
  • Meet their students’ academic dean
  • Ask questions
  • Talk about money matters


Is there a fee for attending Southern Welcome?

There is no charge for attending Southern Welcome.


Is there a fee for my family/guests?

There is no charge for family/guests to attend Southern Welcome.


Will lunch be provided?

Lunch will not be provided.  However, the Lion’s Den is available at your convenience on the 2nd floor of Billinglsy.  It has a full grill with both hot and cold entries.


Where should I park?

Parking is available in front of Billingsly Student Center, just off of Newman Rd. Look for the Southern Welcome signs. Map of MSSU.


Why do I have to bring my immunization records and completed medical history form to Southern Welcome?

All students are required to provide a completed medical history form and a copy of their immunization records showing immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMRII).  If you don’t bring this to Southern Welcome, you can turn it in on your own to the Willcoxon Health Center prior to when school starts. All immunization records must be up-to-date and records on file before students are permitted to attend classes. If necessary, immunizations will be available by appointment at the Health Center by calling them at 417-625-9323 or e-mail the Health Center


Will I need to take Placement Exams?

Placement in History 110, U.S. History 1492-1877 or History 120, U.S. History 1877-Present
  • ACT Reading score of 17 or better.
Biology 110, Principles of Biology 1 (required for all Biology Majors)
  • ACT compostite score of 21 or higher.
  • Biology 101, General with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  • High school chemistry is strongly recommended.
UE 150, College Academic Skills
  • Required for all students with no ACT or ACT Composite score of 17 or below.  
Where can I find information about textbooks for my classes?
  • MSSU operates a textbook rental program for most of its courses.  Some courses may requre you to purchase textbooks.  After enrolling, your booklist will show up on your Lionet account.  The booklist will specify the required textbooks necessary for the classes enrolled.  Rental textbooks may be picked up at Texbook Rental in the lower-level of Billinglsy Student Center (BSC).  Purchase textbooks may be purchased from the bookstore on the 2nd level of (BSC).  A textbook rental bill will post to a student’s account within 48 hours after the books have been picked up.  Rental textbooks must be returned at the end of the semester.


What do I need to do to get financial aid?

File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) today at, then contact the Financial Aid office at 417-625-9325, or For more information, visit the Financial Aid office website at


Can I use my regular email account?

Now that you have been accepted as a Missouri Southern student, you have been assigned a MyMail student e-mail account which is used for all school related commu­nication. You have or will receive your e-mail address from our Information Technology Department. Once you get your email and password you can go to the email log-in page to log in.

If you have not received your e-mail account or have any questions about activating the account, contact the IT Department at 417.659.4444 or


What is Lionet?

Lionet is your online student portal with your personal and academic information provided by MSSU. MSSU uses Lionet to store and disseminate academic information to students such as transcripts, student account balances, class schedule, booklists, Financial Aid information, final grades, news and events, etc. Signing up into Lionet requires your MSSU student ID number (S#) and Pin #. If you have difficulty signing into your Lionet account, contact the MSSU IT office at 417-659-4444


Where can I find information about textbooks for my classes?

Textbook infor­mation for all classes can be found at the MSSU bookstore. After enrolling, a stu­dent’s booklist will show up on their Lionet account. The booklist will specify the required textbooks requested for the classes enrolled. MSSU operates a $10 per credit textbook rental program for most of its courses.