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New Student Orientation

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.

To view checklist items, click Before Orientation.

2020 Orientation Dates Coming Soon

(NSO) Dates (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)



Students can stay in Oak Hall beginning at 4 pm the night prior to a NSO session.  This will include a night to explore campus including the Recreation and Wellness Center, Dinner in the Residence Hall, Treats of St. Louis, Pool Party at Oak Hall, and sleep overnight in a Residence Hall room.  We do not have housing option for parents/family members and ask that they join their students the next day at New Student Orientation Check-in.

NSO Expectations

Student Participants:

Parent and Family Participants:

Academic Advising

By the time you attend Orientation, your advisor already knows your name. You may have even met electronically or in person. Your advisor will help you learn to navigate campus, your academic preparation, course preferences, and your advisor's knowledge of University requirements will come together as your craft an UMSL academic plan.

Before you meet with an academic advisor, please read the Bulletin to review university course descriptions, academic requirements, and general education requirements at After all, you want to be in the driver's seat as you plan your educational path!

The questionnaire you fill out while registering for NSO will be used by the advisors to come up with a tentative class schedule for you. During your Orientation experience, you will have time to sit down and finalize your schedule and ask any final questions. If you would like to meet individually with an academic advisor prior to Orientation to have preliminary discussions, please contact your specific college.

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

• 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. 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 from our website.

If you need to change or reschedule your NSO date, please email or call 314-516-5271. Please let us know if you have any questions prior to your NSO session date. We look forward to meeting you this summer!

Items to Bring

  • 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:

Tara Cramer, Program Coordinator

Phone: (314) 516-6238