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Orientation in Hattiesburg

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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 have the opportunity to interact with current students, faculty and staff. Parents and families are also invited to attend Orientation to assist their student with the transition to Southern Miss. Additionally, new students are guided through their first academic advisement and course registration experience.

All new degree-seeking students are required to attend an Orientation session.

 

2018 Hattiesburg Orientation Dates

Scholarship Orientation -
*Invitation Only
  • May 21 - 22
Summer Orientation -
*Only available to students starting in summer 2018
  • May 31 - June 1 (Freshman)
  • June 1 (Transfer)
Find Your Agenda

Freshman Orientation Agenda – Students

Freshman Orientation Agenda – Families

Transfer Orientation Agenda – Students

Transfer Orientation Agenda – Families

Freshman Sessions
  • May 24 - 25 (event is closed!)
  • May 31 - June 1 (event is closed!)
  • June 18 - 19 (event is closed!)
  • June 21 - 22 (event is closed!)
  • July 16 - 17 (event is closed!)
  • July 23 - 24
Transfer Sessions
  • May 18 (event is closed!)
  • June 8 (event is closed!)
  • June 29 (event is closed!)
  • July 13
  • July 20

Orientation Fees

Orientation fees are nonrefundable and cover the cost of meals, materials and programming for your Orientation session. The fees also cover our extended Orientation program, Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW). Student Orientation fees must be paid upon registering for an Orientation session.

Please note that a course fee for UNV 100 will appear on a new student's bill. This is a required online Orientation course for all new students.

Freshman Orientation

  • $50/student
  • $50/family member

Scholarship Orientation

  • $50/student
  • $50/family member

Transfer Orientation

  • $25/student
  • $25/family member

Overnight Accommodations

Overnight Accommodations for Freshman and Scholarship Orientation

Campus accommodations are available the first day of Orientation for students and families attending Freshman Orientation sessions in May, June and July.

 

Overnight Campus Housing for Students

Students participating in Freshman Orientation sessions are offered complimentary overnight campus housing, but a reservation is required as space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are housed separately from parents and families.

Students and family members can reserve overnight campus housing by logging into the Orientation registration site. Reservations can be made while you are signing up to attend Orientation.

 

Overnight Campus Housing for Parents/Families

Parents/families may reserve overnight campus accommodations at the rate of $45 per room, and each room has a maximum occupancy of two people. Reservations are required as space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents/families are housed separately from students. Please note that the $45 fee will be paid upon checking in to Orientation.

 

Overnight Campus Housing Amenities

Staying on campus during Freshman Orientation is a comfortable, convenient experience that allows families to become better acquainted with campus. All guests will be housed in either Scott Hall or Vann Hall. Each room is equipped with a microfridge, private bath, two twin beds and desk. Linens (blanket, pillow, sheets, pillow case, towels and washcloths) are provided. All buildings are equipped with elevators and are ADA compliant.

 

  • To-Do Checklists

    Orientation Before and After Checklists

    Before you begin your first semester at Southern Miss, please keep the following in mind:

    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. Your username is a lowercase “w” followed by your 6- or 8-digit Southern Miss ID number. Visit campusid.usm.edu and click on Set Password Recovery Options to ensure you know your password before you arrive.
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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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    • Complete your campus housing application.
      Campus housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and the Department of Housing and Residence Life will not assign housing to students until an application is filed and the processing fee is paid.
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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 it can be applied toward your degree.
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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.

     

    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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    • Research meal plan options.
      Students who live on the Hattiesburg campus are required to purchase a meal plan. Representatives from Eagle Dining will be on hand during orientation to discuss your options.
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    • Talk with staff in Financial Aid.
      Financial Aid counselors will be available during Orientation to speak with you individually about your financial aid. A veterans benefits coordinator will also be on site.
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    • Create your class schedule.
      We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the degree plan for your major before you attend Orientation. Your academic advisor will help you finalize a class schedule during Orientation.
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    • Get your questions answered.
      There will be a variety of opportunities at Orientation to get your questions answered. 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 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 Golden Eagle Welcome Week.
      Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW) is how we welcome new students to campus in a big way! This is a fun experience 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 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 am transferring from another college, but I am classified as a freshman. Do I attend a Freshman Orientation session or a Transfer Orientation session?
    9. I need an accommodation during Orientation. How should I proceed?
    10. I have difficulty walking long distances. Will I be able to fully participate in Orientation?
    11. My parents/family can't come with me to Orientation. Can I bring a friend?
    12. My friend and I are signed up for the same Orientation session. Can we be in the same group?
    13. What can I expect during my academic advisement session?
    14. Can my parents/family go with me to academic advisement?
    15. Will I be able to meet with Financial Aid during Orientation?
    16. Can I tour a residence hall during Orientation?
    17. When will I be notified of my housing assignment?
    18. What is UNV 100?

     

    What is Orientation?

    Orientation is registration for all new degree-seeking students at Southern Miss. You will meet with an academic advisor to create your class schedule in addition to learning other essential information about becoming a student at Southern Miss.

     

    Is Orientation mandatory?

    Yes. Orientation is mandatory for all new degree-seeking students at Southern Miss. You must attend an Orientation session in order to register for classes. If you can't attend Orientation due to an extenuating circumstance, please contact the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@usm.edu.

     

    How long will Orientation last?

    Freshman Orientation on the Hattiesburg campus is a two-day (overnight) event. Students and families should plan to check in to Freshman Orientation between 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Day One and stay on campus through mid-afternoon on Day Two. Transfer Orientation and Transfer Summer Orientation are one-day events, and students should plan to check in between 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and be on campus for approximately 4-5 hours after check-in.

     

    Will I meet with an academic advisor during Orientation?

    Yes! You may be advised as part of a group or one-on-one; experiences vary by department. However, please be reassured that as long as you continue here at Southern Miss, you will have many opportunities to receive individual attention from faculty in your academic department and obtain advice and guidance on your academics and career plans.

     

    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. Students not admitted on the day of their scheduled Orientation will not be allowed to participate in Orientation. To contact the Office of Admissions, please email admissions@usm.edu or call 601.266.5000.

     

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

    No. If this applies to you, please contact the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@usm.edu.

     

    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 am transferring from another college, but I am classified as a freshman. Do I attend a Freshman Orientation session or a Transfer Orientation session?

    Although you may be classified as a freshman at your current institution, you are transferring from another college and therefore, are considered a transfer student. You should register to attend a Transfer Orientation session.

     

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

    If special assistance or auxiliary aids are needed, please contact the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@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 Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@usm.edu to discuss accommodations.

     

    My parents/family can't come with me to Orientation. Can I bring a friend?

    You should only bring a friend in place of your parent/family member if that friend plans on participating in parent and family activities during Orientation (while you are engaged in student activities). If a friend attends Orientation with you, that friend will have to pay the guest fee and will be expected to attend parent/family activities during Orientation. Please also note that any parents, family members or friends accompanying you will not be allowed to participate in student activities during Orientation.

     

    My friend and I are signed up for the same Orientation session. Can we be in the same group?

    Each student is assigned to a small group so that you will make new friends. It is in your best interest to stay with the small group that you are placed in at check-in. You will have plenty of opportunities to connect with your friend throughout the event.

     

    What can I expect during my academic advisement session?

    Academic advisement will prepare you to choose courses and create a class schedule that fits into your academic plan at Southern Miss.

     

    Can my parents/family go with me to academic advisement?

    Orientation is meant to be an independent experience for students. It is important that you understand the requirements of your academic major since your success is ultimately up to you. For that reason, you will go to your academic advisement session on your own. Your parents/family will have opportunities to have any questions about your academics answered during Orientation activities and are not permitted at academic advisement.

     

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

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

     

    Can I tour a residence hall during orientation?

    Yes. Residence hall tours are offered during Orientation. If you are unable to take a tour during your Orientation session or would like to schedule a separate tour, contact the Office of Admissions.

     

    When will I be notified of my housing assignment?

    Students generally receive their housing assignment in July prior to the start of the fall semester. You should not assume that you will find out your housing assignment at Orientation. If you have any questions or concerns about your housing assignment, you will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Department of Housing and Residence Life during your Orientation session. For further information and details about your housing assignment, please contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life.

     

    What is UNV 100?

    UNV 100 is a required 1-hour course for all new students at Southern Miss. It is an online pass/no-pass course administered through Canvas. The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs will contact you about this course at the beginning of next 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 and Transition Programs, please send us an email or give us a call at 601.266.4950.

Map and Directions

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