Southern Welcome
Southern Welcome

Freshmen Orientation and Enrollment Program

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Welcome to MSSU!   

The First-Year Experience program (FYE) provides all freshmen with academic, social and emotional support. Its purpose is to connect you with resources that will help you transition to college life and ensure your success.

The first step in helping you is with the enrollment process-Southern Welcome.  Southern Welcome is a half-day orientation housed in one building.        

All freshmen are required to attend a Southern Welcome.  A reservation to attend Southern Welcome is required.  

Wednesday, April 23 Full Tuesday, June 10
Wednesday, June 18 Wednesday, June 25
Thursday, June 26 Wednesday, July 9
Tuesday, July 15  

Make your reservation through:

  • Online Reservation Form
  • call 417-625-9731
    (Southern Welcome Office)
  • stop by Hearnes Hall 315(Southern Welcome office)

All students are required to have a copy of their immunization records and a completed Medical History form on file at the Health Center. Please download the Medical History form, complete it and bring it with you along with a photocopy of your immunization records to Southern Welcome or turn it in to the Health Center at the beginning of the school year.

All students are required to activate and use their MSSU email account for all school-related information.

We believe each student is embedded in a family that support the students and so we give the family the opportunity to participate in the orientation session. We offer a concurrent Parent/Guest session on the same day.

The Southern Welcome Office is open weekdays from 8 5 p.m.

Please direct all question or concerns to:

eresa Thompson, Southern Welcome Coordinator
417-625-9354 or 417-625-9731 or

We look forward to seeing you at Southern Welcome.