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Orientation in Hattiesburg

Orientation in Hattiesburg

We are excited to welcome you as you start your journey at Southern Miss! New Student Orientation, Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW) and UNV 100 work together to introduce new students to the people, offices and resources that will make them successful at Southern Miss and beyond. 

New Student Orientation

Registration for Orientation 2022 is now open. Be sure to check your email and Orientation and Transition Programs social media for more information!

Note: You will need to set-up your SOAR account in order to register.  Please also temporarily disable any pop-up blockers on your browser prior to registering.

Golden Eagle Welcome Week

Before the fall semester begins, new students will participate in Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW). They will get to know their campus, meet new friends, and participate in exciting campus traditions. 


UNV 100

UNV 100 is a required, online course for all new degree-seeking students. This course is a web-based supplement to in-person Orientation. The curriculum is designed to provide academic and campus resources during pertinent times throughout a new student's first semester. It is an online pass/no pass course administered through Canvas during the first eight weeks of the semester designed to further enhance the overall Orientation experience.


2022 Hattiesburg Orientation Dates

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Freshman Orientation

  • May 23 - 24 (Scholarship Orientation: Invitation Only: Honors College, Luckyday, and Academic Excellence Scholarships)
  • June 2 - 3
  • June 8 - 9
  • June 20 - 21
  • June 27 - 28
  • July 7 - 8
  • August 12 (one day session)

Transfer Orientation

  • May 27
  • June 17
  • June 24
  • July 1
  • July 18
  • July 29
  • August  12

Private Enrollment Appointments (PEAs)

As our in-person orientation sessions have come to an end, students are able to register for Private Enrollment Appointments via SOAR. This will notify academic advisors that you are in need of assistance with enrollment for the fall semester. They will then reach out to you directly to schedule your classes, which can happen virtually. Our office will be reaching out to all students who have gone through the PEA process to pick-up their supplemental materials and T-Shirt during the first week of school.

Orientation Experience Fees


Orientation fees are nonrefundable and cover the cost of supplemental materials and a Southern Miss T-Shirt. Orientation fees must be paid upon registering for a Private Enrollment Appointment..

PEA Fees

$50 per student

UNV 100 

UNV 100 is a required course and a separate $100 fee will be billed to the student’s account at the start of the fall semester.  A portion of this fee also covers GEWW.

Frequently Asked Questions

Orientation is required for all new degree-seeking students at Southern Miss. Our hope is that Orientation allows you to get all of your questions answered before the start of the fall semester.

Yes. Orientation is mandatory for all new degree-seeking students at Southern Miss. You must register for Orientation in order to complete registration for classes. 

You must be admitted to Southern Miss in order to register for Orientation. The Office of Admissions can assist you with getting admitted to Southern Miss prior to registering for Orientation. To contact the Office of Admissions, please email or call 601.266.5000.

No. If this applies to you and you have an orientation hold on you SOAR account, please contact the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs at

Your online degree plan must be listed at the Office of Online Learning in order to be exempt from Orientation. You will need to contact the Office of Online Learning at or 601.266.5518 if you have questions about your next steps. 

Yes! You will have a conversation with an academic advisor who is going to assist you in finalizing your class schedule.

All freshmen and most transfers will meet with their University Advisement Center Academic Advisor, who will help finalize their class schedule. Any incoming transfer student who is pursuing a major in the College of Education and Human Sciences will meet with administrators, faculty and staff from their academic college, who will help finalize their class schedule.

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.

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