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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 Spring Orientation in 2023 will open this fall. 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.


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. Fees for Spring 2023 are being determined.

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. 

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.

Contact Us at Hattiesburg

Orientation and Transition Programs
104 Kennard-Washington Hall (KWH)

Hattiesburg Campus

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Hardy Hall 242
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