2020 Orientation Dates

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Overnight Experience is an additional Orientation experience-- you don't want to miss! Students can stay in Oak Hall beginning at 4 pm the night prior to their Orientation 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 Orientation check-in.


Schedule Overviews


New Student Orientation (NSO) is for First-Time College Students

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

Parent and family members are encouraged to attend NSO with their student and participate in sessions together, and attend specific parent/family sessions designed just for them. There is no charge for guests, but registration is required. 

Components of the day:

  • Welcome & Breakfast
  • Parent and Family 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 afternoon breakout sessions*
  • Parent and Family Reception in the Bookstore*

 Breakfast and lunch is provided for the student and guests. *Parent & Family specific sessions


Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) is for Transfer Students and Adult Learners

Check-in for Orientation will be held in the Millennium Student Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude at 2:00 p.m..

Parent and family members are encouraged to attend with their student and participate in sessions together, and attend specific parent/family sessions designed just for them. There is no charge for guests, but registration is required.

Components of the day:

  • Welcome & Breakfast
  • Parent and Family Welcome*
  • Introduction to Academic Life
  • Money Matters
  • Triton Technology
  • Resource Expo, Lunch and Checklist Items
  • Academic Advising in Academic Buildings
  • Breakout sessions

 Breakfast and lunch is provided for the student and guests. *Parent & Family specific sessions


Off-Campus Orientation for students at our off-campus sites (Mineral Area College, Jefferson College, St. Louis Community College, and St. Charles Community College)

If you have any questions about your Off-Campus Orientation experience, please email Teri Furlow, Senior Academic Advisor for UMSL Off-Campus Sites at FurlowT@umsl.edu.

Components of the day:

  • Welcome
  • Introduction to Academic Life
  • Money Matters
  • Triton Technology
  • Degree Program Overview
  • Breakout sessions