Student Resource Guide

This guide was prepared by the deans of the College of Arts and Letters to provide helpful information to its new students.

  • Financial Aid

    • Student Employment

      • Work Study - federal work study opportunities exist across campus.
        The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service and work that is related to students course of study.
      • Many departments also offer student employment opportunities beyond federal work study. Check with your department to see if they hire any student lab assistants.
    • Contact Information:

Office of Student Financial Aid
Carrington Hall 101
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8-5, except Tuesday is 9-5

Bursar’s Office (where you pay your bills)
Carrington Hall, First Floor
Window Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:30-4

The Office of Student Employment Services
Blair-Shannon, Room 113
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8-5

The Career Center is involved with lifelong career development. Their mission is to prepare students to make responsible career decisions, and this preparation begins at the freshman level. In addition to learning about occupations, career exploration enables students to determine if the major and/or career they select is the most suitable for your interests, skills, work values, and personality. The Career Center helps students with the decision-making process: learning how to set and meet goals, and understanding the process involved in preparing for a career.

  • Services:
    • Career Counseling and Major Exploration
    • Internship and Cooperative Educatio
    • Career Recruitment and Employment

Interactive space in Meyer Library uniting the resources and expertise of the faculty, library personnel, computer and information technology, the Writing Center, subject-area tutoring, and PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) in an environment that fosters informal, collaborative work and social interaction.

  • Available tutoring:
    • Math
    • Writing
    • Science
    • Business
    • Specific COAL classes:
      • ART 200/273
      • DAN 180
      • Modern languages: FRN/GRK/LTN/SPN: 101/102, 201/202 and others
      • LLT 121, 321
      • THE 101
  • Contact Information:
    Meyer Library - First Floor, Southeast corner
    Center open during regular Library hours
    General office hours Monday thru Friday, 8-5
    Tutoring hours vary by semester

Nearly everything academic runs through the office of the registrar including course registration, records, transcripts, academic appeals, commencement, forms, veteran student services, etc. The mission of the Office of the Registrar is to provide quality support services to students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and other constituents of the University. Located in Carrington Hall (Room 320), it’s essential that you learn to navigate the Registrar’s office to enjoy academic success at MSU.

Veteran’s Services helps veterans in many ways, including priority registration, prepayment of tuition for Post 9/11 GI bill recipients, access to a veteran student lounge.

  • Odds & Ends

    • Academic Advisement Center

      Responsible for advising Missouri State University undergraduates who are in the process of selecting majors. Provides services, programs and publications to assist academic departments in providing quality advising to all Missouri State University students. Advising has a strong impact on student learning and retention by providing each student with a caring role model.
      • Contact Information:
        Academic Advisement Center
        University Hall, Room 109
        Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8-5
      • Major’s Fair
        Fall 2014: Thursday, September 25, 2014; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM; Plaster Student Union Ballroom
    • Counseling Center

      The Counseling Center offers individual counseling, group counseling, consultation/referrals and emergency/crisis services. The Center also offers a variety of educational programs designed to define and/or prevent problems and improve the quality of university life. Topics such as stress management, relationships, test-taking, effective communication, time management, anger management and co-dependency are typically scheduled.
      • Contact Information:
        Carrington Hall, Room 311
        Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8-5
    • Student Ombudsman

      The student Ombudsman serves as a neutral party who provides assistance to Missouri State students. The Ombudsman provides information, receives informal academic complaints, facilitates communication, and aids in resolving academic concerns.
    • Multicultural Student Services

      A resource for students to help them develop cultural competency and find community within the university.
    • Study Away Programs

      Short term and long term options to travel and study abroad. Many departments host study away opportunities – speak with your advisor to see what your department offers.
      • Check out what other MSU students have said about their study away experiences on the Study Away blog.
      • Learn more about study away opportunities:
        Fall 2014 Study Away Fair
        Wednesday, September 10; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the PSU Atrium
      • Contact Information:
        Plaster Student Union, Room 209
        Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8-5
    • Internship Opportunities

      Contact your home department to learn more about internship opportunities in your major.
    • Student Activities Council

      SAC is the student programming board on campus which is responsible for planning social, cultural and diverse events open to the entire student body. These activities are funded through the student involvement fee that every student pays, so most of them are FREE.
    • Office of Student Engagement

      Located in Plaster Student Union (Room 101), the office of student engagement can provide info on fraternity and sorority life, campus ministry associations, student organizations, leadership development, and a variety of other co-curricular activities