The start of the fall semester is still a few months away, but students new to Missouri Western State University got a taste of campus life Wednesday.

Students were on campus for the Griffon Orientation (GO) Program, which helps prepare them for the semester to come.

Throughout the day, future students engaged in various activities, including campus tours, placement testing and lunch in the Blum Student Union. They also received information regarding financial aid and got some one-on-one advising to set up class schedules for the upcoming school year.

“What brought me to Missouri Western was the hands-on nursing program,” said incoming freshman Jillian Hoppe, who was participating in orientation Wednesday. “I’m looking forward to all the football games and school activities.”

Parents and guests were encouraged to attend, and while their students were in placement testing and advising, they had the opportunity to learn about how to navigate the transition and campus safety.

Although materials are provided to get students acquainted with campus and to succeed academically, future students can start preparing before showing up for orientation.

“My favorite part of Missouri Western is that we all build connections and build those connections with everyone,” Jerra Merrifield, an orientation leader, said. “We all grow together and it’s just one big community.”

Incoming students are advised to prepare for the following:

Submitting immunization records and final high school transcripts.

Completing the FAFSA.

Finalizing a housing contract.

Activating a Goldlink account, a portal allows for students to apply for financial aid, scholarships and awards. Students also can view grades and check emails.

Missouri Western will hold four more orientation sessions throughout June and July. For a full list of dates and things to know before signing up, visit