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Frequently Asked Questions

Southern Welcome Department

What are the benefits of attending Southern Welcome?

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 can I accomplish at Southern Welcome?

  • Speak with a Financial Aid Counselor
  • Obtain Student ID and parking permit
  • Tour campus
  • Access your student e-mail account
  • Obtain Student ID and parking permit
  • Tour campus
  • Find out about deadlines on tuition and fees
  • Enroll with faculty advisers
  • tour residence life facilities

Should my family attend?

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


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 health history form and proof of two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) or an immune blood test called a "titer". If you were born in 1957 or before, contact the Willcoxon Health Center. If you plan to live in campus housing, state legislation requires proof of a current meningitis vaccination before moving into campus housing. You will be asked to complete a tuberculosis (TB) risk assessment on Lionet once the semester begins. 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 are available at student cost at the Health Center by calling 417-625-9323 for an appointment.


Will I need to take Placement Exams?

Placement in History 110, U.S. History 1492-1877 or History 120, U.S. History 1877-Present

Biology 110, Principles of Biology 1 (required for all Biology Majors)

Biology 101, General with a grade of 'C' or better.

Required for all students with an ACT Composite score of 17 or below or no ACT.

Where can I find information about textbooks for my classes?

MSSU operates a $12 per credit 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. Logging into LioNet requires last name hyphen and the first letter of your first name (such as doe-j) and Pin #.

If you have difficulty signing into your LioNet account, contact the MSSU IT office at 417-659-4444.