2021 Orientation

Admitted for Spring, Summer or Fall 2021? Orientation registration for undergraduate first-year and transfer students will be available to sign-up soon. Please keep an eye on your email  for an update on when you can go to the Triton Portal account to complete your advising questionaire and select and Orientation.

Orientation registration will be available soon for all Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 undergraduate students. 

*Admitted for Spring 2021 Semester as an undergraduate--Our sessions for December 2020 & January 2021 will be virtual-see image above and Triton Portal for more details. 

Contact the Office of New Student Programs at orientation@umsl.edu with any questions.


Admitted for Spring 2021: Virtual Orientation

This spring, new students will complete their 2021 Orientation Experience in a virtual setting and not on campus. 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 2:00 pm. During this program, you will also be assigned a timeframe to meet with your academic advisor for your specific advising appointment.

  • December 21, 2020; (Monday) 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 
  • January 14, 2021; (Thursday) 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • January 16, 2021; (Saturday) 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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


Spring Virtual Orientation Schedule

Students will receive a 1-week reminder email that will include the Online Pre-Orientation module, their specific Orientation event zoom link, a detailed schedule, and academic advising appointment timeframe. Students complete the Online Pre-Orientation module prior to their specific Orientation date, and adjust your schedule to join us for the full timeframe, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Parent and family members are encouraged to visit our Parent and Family webpage to view our 3-part webinar series and sign up for our monthly e-newsletter. Visit umsl.edu/go/parents.

Components of the day:

  • Welcome from the Office of New Student Programs
  • College Meetings with your Orientation Leaders
  • Colleges and Academic Advising 101
  • UMSL Essentials
  • Academic Advising Appointments
  • Additional Sessions to Attend:
    • Living on Campus Tour & Q&A Session
    • Financial Aid and Paying for College Q&A Session
    • General Student Leader and Triton Technology Q&A Session 

Admitted for Summer or Fall 2021: Orientation Events


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

Timeframe: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

June 2 (Friday), Overnight Option
June 4 (Friday), Overnight Option
June 17 (Thursday), Overnight Option
June 19 (Saturday), Overnight Option
July 15 (Thursday), Overnight Option

transfer Student Orientation (tSO) is for transfer and adult learner Students

Timeframe: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

May 14 (Friday)
June 8 (Tuesday), Overnight Option
July 8 (Thursday), Overnight Option
July 16 (Friday)
August 6 (Friday)
August 14 (Saturday) *9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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