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Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation is a half-day orientation program for transfer students enrolling in fall and spring, that provides academic requirements and expectations, campus resources, involvement opportunities and the chance to meet current students. It is designed specifically for those students that have previous college experience.We encourage students to make an academic appointment prior to their TSO session. During your TSO session, you will also meet with faculty and academic advisors to learn more about your academic path, but advising is not apart of the program.  TSO will be able to finalize your registration process and allow you to get your Triton Card, parking and metro passes.

All tranfers students who have accumulated more than 24 college credit hours before starting at UMSL, can complete either the in-person Transfer Student Orientation  (TSO) or the Online Orientation. If you have less than 24 college credit hours you must sign up for the Transfer Student Orientation In-Person Orientation.

To view checklist items, click Before Orientation.

2019 Transfer Orientation Dates (8am-2pm):

  • Monday, Dec. 17 (Spring 2019 Session)
  • Thursday, Jan. 17 (Spring 2019 Session)
  • Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Spring 2019 Session)
  • Thursday, May 16
  • Friday, June 7  *
  • Thursday, July 11
  • Friday, July 19
  • Friday, August 2
  • Saturday, August 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Students can stay in Oak Hall beginning at 4 pm the night prior to Orientation session for an additional $25 cost. 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 Orientation Check-in.

Academic Advising

Transfer students are encouraged to contact their advisor as soon as possible after they have confirmed, selected their orientation and paid their confirmation fee.

Advising is not scheduled into the orientation day. Due to the varied advising needs of transfer students, you need to contact your advisor to be advised during your own, separate advising appointment. However, at orientation, we will acquaint you with MyView, the student registration system that you will use during your career at UMSL. Students are encouraged to be advised prior to orientation so that we may assist you with the online registration process at orientation. 

Regardless of how you choose to schedule your advising, you must meet with your advisor before you will be allowed to register for any classes.  Transfer students should bring all transcripts and test scores with them to their advising appointment if a transcript evaluation is not complete.  If you are unsure of the status of your transcripts please contact the Admissions Office at 314-516-5451.

Students are advised by their specific college or department. If you are unsure who your advisor is, please visit

• Check-In
• Welcome
• I Chose UMSL
• Introduction to Academic Life
• Money Matters
• Triton Technology
• Closing Session
• Evaluations and Checklist Items
• Breakout Sessions
• Walking Campus Tour
• Scheduled Advising Appointments **

**Academic Advising is not scheduled during your Transfer Student Orientation. Due to the varied advising needs and availability, transfer students need to contact your advisor to schedule a separate appointment. At orientation, we will acquaint you with the online registration process that you will use during your career at UMSL. Students are encouraged to be advised prior to orientation that that we may assist and finalize your registration process. 

To make an academic advising appointment, please reference our Academic Advising page or use the MyConnect feature to set up an appointment electronically. 

After you have registered online for your TSO 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.

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