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2020 Virtual Orientation Experience

Orientation is the first step designed to assist you in making a comfortable transition to life at UMSL. Orientation is a requirement for all newly, admitted, degree-seeking, undergraduate students. It must be completed prior to your first day of classes. There are multiple Orientation types based on your admit type, and specific formats to relay information that fits your needs.

Orientation Leaders will serve as hosts and share their experiences with new students. Administrators and faculty will also be present throughout the day outlining expectations, resources, helping you build your student success network, and provide guidance about your educational experience.

This year, new students will complete their 2020 Orientation Experience in a virtual setting. Virtual Orientation is exactly what it sounds like; an Orientation specifically for new college students. We'll give you all the information you need to feel confident when you begin your first day of classes. The Virtual Orientation Experience will be an ongoing process with multiple virtual settings to assist you in meeting with your academic advisor, connect with other new Tritons, be introduced to UMSL faculty and staff who are here to help you, and get acquainted with campus resources.

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1. Sign up for your Orientation event in your Triton Portal, umsl.edu/tritonportal

2. Complete Online Pre-Orientation module, before your actual Orientation date. You will receive a 1-week reminder email (to your personal email account) that will include the link to complete a Pre-Orientation module. Please complete this 45-minute online pre-orientation module on your computer or laptop in one sitting. There will be a few videos and brief quizzes to complete prior to your actual Orientation date. On your specific Orientation date, be prepared to refer to some of this content and use this opportunity to ask questions.

3. Attend Virtually on your Orientation Date. You will receive a 1-week reminder email that will include your specific zoom meeting invitation for your selected Orientation date. Please prepare to join us from 9:00 am til 1:00 pm. During this program, you will also be assigned a timeframe to meet with your academic advisor for your specific advising appointment.

4. Log into your Canvas Group for additional Orientation modules and to build connections. After your specific Orientation date, all students will be invited to a Canvas course module to provide additional Orientation content to help you prepare for your first day of classes, and build connections with your Orientation Leaders and peers. This Canvas course invitation will be provided after your Orientation date.

5. Get excited about your first day of classes and welcome events in August. Continue to check your email and Canvas group for additional information on how to prepare for your first day of classes and view specific events to attend in August.


Parent and Family Virtual Orientation

Transitioning to college is a big step -- one that can be overwhelming and confusing for students. That's why we want to make sure you have all the information about the University of Missouri-St. Louis at your disposal. That way, you can help your student navigate this life-changing process.

You'll also get the opportunity to learn about resources available on campus, learn about financial aid, engage with UMSL administrators, staff, faculty and other families and guest joining the Triton Family!

Sign up for our monthly newsletter, and register for the Parent and Family Virtual Orientation series, click here.


Breakdown of Checklists

The checklists and tutorial videos included on this page breakdown all the steps and information to get you started once admitted, and items to complete before, during, and after your Orientation.


Complete pre-advising questionnaire / sign up for Orientation
Reserve your spot. The enrollment confirmation reserves your spot as a Triton! View the admitted next steps through your Triton Portal.  If you are having difficulty, please contact New Student Programs at 314-516-5271 or at orientation@umsl.edu.
Log into MyView MyView is a web-based form of communication that allows you to access your student records at UMSL (i.e. application information, registration, financial aid, billing info, etc.). Log into MyView using your SSO ID and password (that was sent to you after you first applied). Be sure to click the button "I agree" on the e-consent page to gain full access. If you are unable to log in, please contact the Office of Admissions at 314-516-UMSL (8675) or admissions@umsl.edu.
You've Got Mail UMSL uses Windows Live as the official campus communication tool. Go to the Technology Support Center email services page to activate your account. Most of your correspondence with the University will be via email, so please check your UMSL email account often. If you have questions, please contact the Help Desk at 314-516-6034 or helpdesk@umsl.edu.
Complete the Financial Aid Process We encourage all students to apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will be available on January 1, 2015, and the priority deadline to apply is April 1. The FAFSA Code for UMSL is 002519. Please contact Student Financial Aid with questions or for more information about scholarships, loans, or grants at (314) 516-5526 or financialaid@umsl.edu. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8am - 6pm, Friday 8 am - 5pm.
Contact your academic advisor to register for classes. All students new to UMSL must meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for courses. Please contact the advising office in your college or school to schedule an advising appointment. *Note: All new students must take the math placement exam before registering for classes. For information on the exam or to check out practice questions, visit our Campus Testing Center.
Honors College Application All students interested in the Pierre Laclede Honors College should apply and/or complete their Honors application. Please visit The Honors College to learn more.
Apply for Housing. The Office of Residential Life and Housing is committed to maintaining a learning environment that encourages student engagement, academic success, personal growth, and personal responsibility. Please visit the Office of Residential Life to learn more.
Review your checklist items and confirmation pdf documents before Orientation session.
Math Placement Test. All students are required to take a Math Placement Test before they will be eligible to enroll in any math courses at UMSL. Information regarding the math placement can be found through the Campus Testing Center. A link for the assessment can be accessed from the same website. *If transferring college level math credit, please consult with your Academic Advisor. The test may be taken online (from the convenience of your own home) up to 5 times within your initial 6-month subscription period, at no cost to you.
Transcripts. Official transcripts for all coursework in progress must be sent to UMSL’s Office of Admissions. For Advanced Placement (AP) credit, you must contact College Board to have your official AP transcripts sent to UMSL. Electronic transcripts are accepted through Parchment, National Clearinghouse, or eScript-Safe. Failure to submit your final transcript(s) will prevent you from registering for future semesters at UMSL.
Visit with your Financial Aid Coordinator for all inquiries on aid disbursement, scholarship information and questions on aid. 327 Millennium Student Center, 314-516-5526, financialaid@umsl.edu, Financial Aid Home
Turn in Meningitis Immunization Forms to Health Services. Living on campus, deadline is July 1. 131 Millennium Student Center
Introduce yourself to a new student, Orientation Leader, and to your academic advisor.
Obtain your TritonCard at the Orientation closing session.
Turn in your Meningitis Immunization Forms to Health Services. Living on campus, the deadline is before July 1st. 131 Millennium Student Center, umsl.edu/services/health
Turn in Disability Access Services Forms and Documentation. 144 Millennium Student Center, umsl.edu/services/disability
Get your Parking Pass and/or Metro Pass. At Orientation, your metro pass (valid for both Metrobus and Metrolink) and parking permit will be in your check-in folder. If you plan to have a car on campus, you need a parking permit.
During the Triton Technology Session in a computer lab:
Consider adding Dining Dollars or Meal Plan to your TritonCard to eat between classes. umsl.sodexomyway.com/
Bookstore: The UMSL Triton Store is located in 209 Millennium Student Center. &Bring a copy of your finalized class schedule and your UMSL TritonCard to get assistance in selecting your books and/or to submit an early bird reservation. You may also purchase your books online at www.umsltritonstore.com or at 314-516-5763.

AFTER ORIENTATION

Now that you have attended orientation and begun your journey as a Triton, staying in touch with your new friends, orientation leaders and your advisor will help keep you connected with the campus community.

NEXT STEPS

Pay your educational fees. The Cashier's Office handles all payments and fees for your semester. www.umsl.edu/cashiers/

Finalize your housing arrangements and communicate with your roommates. www.umsl.edu/services/reslife
Complete Title IV - Not Anymore Online Tutorial before first day of class
Look for a job on campus at UMSL Career Services
Visit the Office of Student Involvement website to find a student group that fits your interests.
Visit the BeGreek website to learn about joining a fraternity or sorority. Sign up for sorority or fraternity fall recruitment.
THE WEEKEND BEFORE CLASSES START
Attend Triton Take-Off Weekend events hosted by Office of New Student Programs umsl.edu/wow
Download the UMSL app to learn the routes of the Campus Shuttles and buildings around campus. umsl.edu/~umslmobile/
Make sure you have all your books. www.umsltritonstore.com/
THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SEMESTER
Weeks of Welcome WOW is designed to introduce new and returning students to UMSL's vibrant campus life and will give you an opportunity to learn more about the campus and interact with fellow students, faculty and staff. UMSL holds its annual Weeks of Welcome during the first six weeks of the semester.
Stop by a Help-A-Triton Table during the first two days of classes to pick up your WOW booklet, ask directions, maps, and much more.
Attend the Fall or Spring Expo on the first Wednesday of classes each Fall and Spring semester with over 50 booths filled with student organizations and departments filled with ways on how to get involved. www.umsl.edu/studentinvolvement/
Check-In at the Recreation and Wellness Center to use the new fitness facility.
Participate in Athletic events and follow @louiethetriton for promotions and special events.  www.umsltritons.com/



New Student Programs staff is here to help!


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The Office of New Student Programs (NSP) provides ongoing programs and services that support new students and families in transition to University of Missouri–St. Louis. We look forward to assisting you with high quality support to begin your UMSL Experience. Please do not hesitate to contact the staff.