We are excited that you have chosen to continue your education at UMSL! You are not alone in your decision to transfer to UMSL. Each year over 2,000 students transfer here to take advantage of our excellent faculty, top-ranked programs and more than 150 student organizations.

In the excitement of transferring, many students have questions about academics, student services, and financial aid. Attendance at a transfer orientation program will not only answer these questions but prepare you for the college experience at UMSL. We understand that this is not your first ride and we respect your previous college experience. Transfer Student Orientation is designed for the specific needs of transfer students, to acquaint you with UMSL's approach to academic success as well as connect you with students, staff and resources unique to this university.

About 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 desgined specifically for those students that have previous college experience.

During your TSO session, you will also meet with faculty and academic advisors to learn more about your academic path. We encourage students to make an academic appointment prior to their TSO session. TSO will be able to finalize your registration process and allow you to get your Triton Card, parking and metro passes.

Sample Day Activities for Transfer Student Orientation

• 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 Advising and Registration page.

Confirmation Packet:

After you have registered online for your TSO date, you will recieve a confirmation email to your UMSL email account with the date. In addition, you will recieve a confirmation packet in the mail prior to your orientation session.  For a quick glance, please CLICK HERE to preview the Confirmation Brochure.

Please let us know if you have any questions prior to your TSO session date. You can email us at orientation@umsl.edu or call at 314-516-5291.

Transfer Online Orientation

As an incoming transfer student, we understand that you may have previous college experience. All new first time UMSL transfer students with 12 hours or more must complete an orientation. In an effort to assist you in learning the UMSL resources and information there is an online orientation tutorial that you may complete if you are not available to attend a Transfer Student Orientation in person. We do highly recommend attending in person if you are available. The online orientation can be accessed below.

Once you complete the online orientation, you can turn in the completion certificate in the Office of New Student Programs in 366 Millennium Student Center to obtain printed publications, lanyard, weeks of welcome schedule booklet, and a free t-shirt.