Orientation is the first part of the orientation process designed to assist you in making a comfortable transition to University life at UMSL. It is a one-day mandatory program for First-Year students who will be enrolling in the fall or spring semester at UMSL.  Sessions are designed to offer information to assist you in your transition to University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Orientation Leaders will serve as hosts and share their experiences with new students. Administrators and faculty will also be present at sessions throughout the day to answer questions and give you advice about your educational future.

Each of the Orientation sessions will accommodate approximately 100 new students and their family members. Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the Orientation session.

Complete Checklist Before Orientation

Please be aware of the following expectations before attending New Student Orientation (NSO).

Student Participants:

  • All first time students with fewer than 24 transferrable credit hours earned after high school graduation are required to attend (NSO) before registering for classes.
  • Students must attend all scheduled NSO activities in order to register for classes. Those who do not will be asked to attend another NSO session.

Parent and Family Participants:

  • Parent and Family members's attendance at NSO is optional, but encouraged. Parents and family members should support the efforst of NSO staff in helping students trantition to life at University of Missouri-St. Louis and refrain from encouragin students to miss required NSO activities.
  • Parents and family members are not permitted to attend academic advising and registration activities with their student during NSO. Relationships between academic advisors and students are essential to their succes, and we begin the development of this relationship at NSO. During the NSO program, parents and family members will learn more about the General Education program, recieve information from their student's advisor and share their thoughts with their student in the morning of NSO.

2016 Dates and Registration 

Enrolling Semester New Student Orientation Dates
Enrolling Spring 2016 January 13 (Wednesday) 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration is CLOSED currently. Registration will go live in November 2015.

Click Here to Register for New Student Orientation Spring 2015

Enrolling Summer/Fall 2016 Dates Coming Soon!

How to Register for NSO

Complete the following steps to register:

1. Log into the Orientation Registration site using your SSO ID login and password (Your SSO ID login and password were on your admitted Admissions letter)

2. Complete the Triton Registration Orientation Form, our online pre-orientation program that consists of several modules and short questions that help prepare you for your NSO experience.

3. Select the NSO date that is convenient with your schedule. Make sure to your academic unit is hosted on that session date and also make sure you can stay for the entire program, or you will be asked to complete another NSO session. Once your date is selected, hit submit.

4. Confirmation pop-up window will appear with your NSO date, and a confirmation email will be sent directly to your UMSL-email account. This confirmation packet includes your parking pass, checklist items, and directions to campus.

If you need to change or reschedule your NSO date, please email orientation@umsl.edu or call 314-516-5291.

Check-in for Orientation will be held at 8:00 a.m. of each session and will conclude at 5:00 p.m., so please make travel plans accordingly. Student must stay for the entire day or will have to make up the session.

• Check-In
• Photo for TritonCard
• Welcome
• I Chose UMSL
• Introduction to Academic Life
• Money Matters
• Triton Technology
• Resource Expo and Lunch in the Nosh
• Academic Advising session in Academic Buildings
• Parent and Family Breakout sessions
• Parent and Family Reception in the Bookstore
• Closing Session
• Evaluations and Checklist Items
Breakfast and Lunch are provided at New Student Orientation for student and guests.

Parent and Family Program: Parents, family and guests are encouraged to attend NSO with their student and participate in a special program designed just for them.

After you have registered online for your NSO date, you will receive an immediate confirmation email to your UMSL email account. A week prior to your Orientation date, please check your UMSL email account for a reminder and update regarding your Orientation session.

For additional information regarding your Orientation experience, please read the Orientation Preview booklet that was mailed or download.
If you need to change or reschedule your NSO date, please email orientation@umsl.edu or call 314-516-5291. Please let us know if you have any questions prior to your NSO session date. We look forward to meeting you this summer!

  • Bring your UMSL Student ID# (8 digit number) and SSO ID login information
  • College transcripts, advanced credit/ AP scores, for any dual credit courses
  • Disability documentation if seeking accommodations
  • Prepare to take a picture for your Triton One Card (UMSL ID)
  • You must bring a form of photo ID (valid driver's license, state ID, passport) with you to obtain your Triton One Card
  • Casual clothing for 90° to 100° weather
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sweater (for air-conditioned rooms)
If you have a documented disability and would like more information about obtaining accommodations suitable for one with a disability during NSO, or addressing other concerns that may be applicable in the fall, review the information about the Disability Access Services. Please contact their office for any additional questions or concerns.
For disability accommodations, please contact:
Phone: (314) 516-5228
TDD (hearing impaired only): (314) 516-5212