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Orientation at Gulf Park

View of the beach from the Gulf Park campus

Register for Orientation

What is Orientation?

Orientation is a campus event designed to prepare new students for a successful transition to life at Southern Miss. New students are introduced to campus services and resources and are guided through their academic advisement and course registration experience. All new degree-seeking students are required to attend an Orientation session.

 

2018 Gulf Park Orientation Dates

Summer Orientation

Students whose first semester of enrollment at Southern Miss will be the summer semester should register to attend Orientation.

  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Fall Orientation

Students whose first semester of enrollment at Southern Miss will be the fall semester should register to attend Orientation.

  • Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Orientation Fees

A student Orientation course fee of $100 will appear on the student's bill for GS 100, an online course designed to supplement the on-campus Orientation experience.

  • To-Do Checklists

    Orientation Before and After Checklists

    There's a lot to take care of before you start your first semester at Southern Miss. There are things that you can go ahead and take care of now, while others can be handled while you're at Orientation or after Orientation.

    1. Before Orientation
    2. While At Orientation
    3. After Orientation

     

    Before You Attend Orientation, You Should:

    • Learn your SOAR password.
      You will have to log in to SOAR during Orientation. If you can't remember your SOAR password, reset it at campusid.usm.edu before you attend Orientation. (Your username is a lower-case “w” followed by your 6- or 8-digit Southern Miss ID number.)
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    • Log in to your Southern Miss email account.
      Follow these instructions or log in to Microsoft Office 365’s Outlook email. Your Southern Miss email account is the primary way your professors and the University will communicate with you; it is important that you activate this account and check it regularly.
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    • Familiarize yourself with the degree plan for your major.
      You will be required to select your major when you register for Orientation. Each academic major has a degree plan that outlines the courses you'll need to take in order to earn that degree. You will create your class schedule each semester around this required coursework. Take some time to view your degree plan and to think about the courses you would like to take during your first semester.
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    • Contact Admissions if you want to change your major.
      If you change your mind about your major after applying for admission, contact The Office of Admissions to communicate your new major.
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    • Submit any AP, IB, CLEP or college credit to Admissions.
      If you have earned college credit from a source outside of Southern Miss, you must submit proof to The Office of Admissions so that it can be applied toward your degree. If you have earned college credit through dual enrollment at another college or university, you must request official transcripts be sent to Admissions.

     

    While at Orientation, You Should:

    • Get your student ID made.
      Having that ID made makes it official: you're a Golden Eagle! Make sure to hold on to it — you will need it every day.
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    • Talk with staff in the Office of Financial Aid.
      Financial Aid counselors will be available during Orientation activities to speak with you individually about your financial aid. (A veterans benefits coordinator will also be on site.)
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    • Get your questions answered.
      There will be a variety of sessions during Orientation that cover many topics students and guests have about Southern Miss. Student orientation leaders, staff members and faculty will gladly answer any questions you have and address any concerns. We understand that there is a lot of information to process, and we want to help you in any way that we can!

     

    After Orientation, You Should:

    • Order your textbooks.
      You can preorder your textbooks through Barnes & Noble at Southern Miss. You will need your class schedule to get started.
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    • Send your immunization records to Admissions.
      State law requires you to submit proof that you have been immunized twice for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Be sure you send that documentation to The Office of Admissions before classes start. Upload a copy of your proof of immunization.
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    • Send final transcripts to Admissions.
      Recently graduated high school seniors should send a final official transcript that reflects all grades earned during their senior year and date of graduation. New transfer students should send a final official transcript (with no work in progress) from the last college or university attended.
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    • Get excited about Welcome Week.
      Welcome Week is how we welcome new students to campus in a big way! This is a fun experience, held during the first week of fall semester, that will help you meet people and learn more about how to have a successful first year at Southern Miss!
  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions About Gulf Park Orientation

    1. What is Orientation?
    2. Is Orientation mandatory?
    3. How long will Orientation last?
    4. Will I meet with an academic advisor during Orientation?
    5. What if I haven’t been admitted yet to Southern Miss? Can I still attend Orientation?
    6. I have been readmitted to Southern Miss or am seeking my second bachelor’s degree. Do I have to attend Orientation?
    7. I will be a fully online student. Do I have to attend Orientation?
    8. I need an accommodation during Orientation. How should I proceed?
    9. I have difficulty walking long distances. Will I be able to fully participate in Orientation?
    10. Will I be able to meet with Financial Aid during Orientation?
    11. What is UNV 100?

     

    What is Orientation?

    Orientation is a campus event designed to prepare new students for a successful transition to life at Southern Miss and the Gulf Park Campus. New students are introduced to campus services and resources. Additionally, new students have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff.

     

    Is Orientation mandatory?

    Although Orientation at the Gulf Park Campus is not mandatory, new students are strongly encouraged to attend an Orientation session.

     

    How long will Orientation last?

    Students should plan to check-in to Orientation beginning at 8:00 a.m. Orientation should conclude by 3:00 p.m.

     

    Will I meet with an academic advisor during Orientation?

    Yes! Although Gulf Park students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor and register for classes prior to Orientation, advisors will be available to answer any questions that you may have.

     

    What if I haven’t been admitted yet to Southern Miss? Can I still attend Orientation?

    You must be admitted to Southern Miss in order to attend Orientation. The Office of Admissions can assist you with getting admitted to Southern Miss prior to your Orientation session. To contact the Office of Admissions, please email gcadmissions@usm.edu or call 228.214.3444.

     

    I have been readmitted to Southern Miss or am seeking my second bachelor’s degree. Do I have to attend Orientation?

    No.

     

    I will be a fully online student. Do I have to attend Orientation?

    No. Please contact the Office of Online Learning about your next steps.

     

    I need an accommodation during Orientation. How should I proceed?

    If special assistance or auxiliary aids are needed, please contact the Office of Admissions at gcadmissions@usm.edu to discuss accommodations at least one week prior to your Orientation session.

     

    I have difficulty walking long distances. Will I be able to fully participate in Orientation?

    Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions at gcadmissions@usm.edu to discuss accommodations.

     

    Will I be able to meet with Financial Aid during Orientation?

    Yes. Financial Aid representatives will be available to answer individual questions at each Orientation session.

     

    What is UNV 100?

    UNV 100 is a required 1-hour course for all new students at Southern Miss. It is an online pass/fail course administered through Canvas during the first eight weeks of the semester.

Take the Next Steps

Register for Orientation

All new degree-seeking students are required to attend an Orientation session. Select a campus to register online and begin your experience as a Golden Eagle!

Contact Us

To learn more about Orientation, please send us an email or give us a call at 228.214.3444.

Map and Directions

Click the button to the right to get directions to the Gulf Park campus and to your Orientation site.