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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 2024 is now open! Spring Orientation is on Friday, January 12, 2024. 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 temporarily disable any pop-up blockers on your browser prior to registering. You will also need to submit documentation of two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization. If you need to complete a medical or religious exemption, please see our Frequently Asked Questions below.

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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 select meals, materials and programming for your Orientation session. Orientation fees for students and parent/family members must be paid upon registering for an Orientation session.

Spring 2024 Fees

Student | $50
Guest | $50, per person

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 the Hattiesburg campus. You must register for Orientation in order to complete registration for classes. 

On your Campus Dashboard in SOAR, you will need to click "Admissions" on the left-hand side of the page, then select "Orientation Registration."

Students who need a medical exemption should complete this form, then upload it through the same portal listed above.

Please note that medical exemptions must be signed by a physician.

Students who need a religious exemption should complete this form, then upload it through the same portal listed above.

Absolutely! We encourage students to bring a parent/family member with them. Some students, however, do come on their own.

#1 Begin checking your USM email account.

#2 Log into your SOAR account and complete your Activity Guide to remove the hold on your student account.

#3 Be ready to hear from an Academic Advisor to discuss your class schedule. They will reach out to you via your USM email account.

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. 

The Office of international Student and Scholar Services will assist with your onboarding. You can contact them at 601.266.4841 or e-mail them at

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 all Hattiesburg campus students about this course at the beginning of next semester.

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