Orientation in Hattiesburg
Orientation, Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW) and UNV 100 work together to introduce students to the people, offices and resources that will make you successful at Southern Miss and beyond.
All new degree-seeking students are required to attend an Orientation session. During this event, we will introduce you to the many departments and resources that will make your experience at Southern Miss unique. New students are also guided through academic advisement and course registration. Parents and families are invited to attend Freshman or Transfer Orientation sessions to assist their student with the transition to Southern Miss. Spring Orientation does not include parent and family programming.
Golden Eagle Welcome Week
Before the fall semester begins, new students will participate in Golden Eagle Welcome Week. They will get to know their campus, meet new friends, and participate in exciting campus traditions. Stay tuned for GEWW 2020 dates!
UNV 100 is a required course for all new students seeking a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi. This course is a web-based supplement to your orientation experience. The curriculum is designed to provide academic and campus resources to the Southern Miss community. It is an online pass/no pass course administered through Canvas during the first eight weeks of the semester designed to further enhance the Orientation experience.
2020 Hattiesburg Orientation Dates
- January 17 (Spring Orientation)
- January 17 (Spring Orientation)
Registration opens on October 15, 2019 at 8 a.m.
2020 Orientation Agendas
Orientation Agenda | Freshmen
- 8 – 9 a.m. | Check-In
- 8 – 9 a.m. | Information Fair
- 9:15 – 10 a.m. | Welcome & Money Matters
- 10:15 a.m. – Until | Academic Advisement & Lunch
Orientation Agenda | Transfer
- 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Check-In
- 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Information Fair
- 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. | Welcome & Money Matters
- 11:45 a.m. – Until | Academic Advisement & Lunch
Orientation Experience Fees
Orientation fees are nonrefundable and cover the cost of meals, materials and programming for your session.
- $35 per student (Freshmen and Transfers)
UNV 100 is a required course and a separate $100 fee will be billed to the student’s account at the start of the first semester. A portion of this fee also covers GEWW.
- Learn your SOAR password. You will have to log in to SOAR during Orientation. Your username is a lowercase “w” followed by your 6- or 8-digit Southern Miss ID number. Visit campusid.usm.edu and select Set Password Recovery Options to ensure you know your password before you arrive.
- Log in to your Southern Miss email account. Follow these instructions or log in to Microsoft Office 365’s Outlook email. Your Southern Miss email account is the primary way your professors and the University will communicate with you; it is important that you activate this account and check it regularly.
- Familiarize yourself with the degree plan for your major. You will be required to select your major when you register for Orientation. Each academic major has a degree plan that outlines the courses you'll need to take in order to earn that degree. You will create your class schedule each semester around this required coursework. Take some time to view your degree plan and to think about the courses you would like to take during your first semester.
- Complete your campus housing application. Campus housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and the Department of Housing and Residence Life will not assign housing to students until an application is filed and the processing fee is paid.
- Submit any AP, IB, CLEP or college credit to Admissions. If you have earned college credit from a source outside of Southern Miss, you must submit proof to the Office of Admissions so it can be applied toward your degree.
- Send your immunization records to Admissions. State law requires you to submit proof that you have been immunized twice for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Be sure you send that documentation to The Office of Admissions before classes start. Upload a copy of your proof of immunization.
- Get your student ID made. Having that ID made makes it official: you're a Golden Eagle! Make sure to hold on to it — you will need it every day.
- Research meal plan options. Students who live on the Hattiesburg campus are required to purchase a meal plan. Representatives from Eagle Dining will be on hand during orientation to discuss your options.
- Talk with staff in Financial Aid. Financial Aid counselors will be available during Orientation to speak with you individually about your financial aid. A veterans benefits coordinator will also be on site.
- Create your class schedule. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the degree plan for your major before you attend Orientation. Your academic advisor will help you finalize a class schedule during Orientation.
- Get your questions answered. There will be a variety of opportunities at Orientation to get your questions answered. Orientation leaders, staff members and faculty will gladly answer any questions you have and address any concerns. We understand that there is a lot of information to process, and we want to help you in any way that we can!
Order your textbooks. You can preorder your textbooks through Barnes & Noble at Southern Miss. You will need your class schedule to get started.
Send final transcripts to Admissions. Recently graduated high school seniors should send a final official transcript that reflects all grades earned during their senior year and date of graduation. New transfer students should send a final official transcript (with no work in progress) from the last college or university attended.
Get excited about Golden Eagle Welcome Week. Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW) is how we welcome new students to campus in a big way! This is a fun experience that will help you meet people and learn more about how to have a successful first year at Southern Miss!
Frequently Asked Questions
Orientation is registration for all new degree-seeking students at Southern Miss. You will meet with an academic advisor to create your class schedule in addition to learning other essential information about becoming a student at Southern Miss.
Yes. Orientation is mandatory for all new degree-seeking students at Southern Miss. You must attend an Orientation session in order to register for classes. If you can't attend Orientation due to an extenuating circumstance, please contact the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs at orientationFREEMississippi.
Freshman Orientation on the Hattiesburg campus is a two-day (overnight) event. Students and families should plan to check in to Freshman Orientation between 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Day One and stay on campus through mid-afternoon on Day Two. Transfer Orientation and Transfer Summer Orientation are one-day events, and students should plan to check in between 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and be on campus for approximately 4-5 hours after check-in.
Yes! You may be advised as part of a group or one-on-one; experiences vary by department. However, please be reassured that as long as you continue here at Southern Miss, you will have many opportunities to receive individual attention from faculty in your academic department and obtain advice and guidance on your academics and career plans.
You must be admitted to Southern Miss in order to attend Orientation. The Office of Admissions can assist you with getting admitted to Southern Miss prior to your Orientation session. Students not admitted on the day of their scheduled Orientation will not be allowed to participate in Orientation. To contact the Office of Admissions, please email admissionsFREEMississippi or call 601.266.5000.
No. If this applies to you, please contact the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs at orientationFREEMississippi.
Although you may be classified as a freshman at your current institution, you are transferring from another college and therefore, are considered a transfer student. You should register to attend a Transfer Orientation session.
If special assistance or auxiliary aids are needed, please contact the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs at orientationFREEMississippi to discuss accommodations at least one week prior to your Orientation session.
Yes. Please contact the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs at orientationFREEMississippi to discuss accommodations.
You should only bring a friend in place of your parent/family member if that friend plans on participating in parent and family activities during Orientation (while you are engaged in student activities). If a friend attends Orientation with you, that friend will have to pay the guest fee and will be expected to attend parent/family activities during Orientation. Please also note that any parents, family members or friends accompanying you will not be allowed to participate in student activities during Orientation.
Each student is assigned to a small group so that you will make new friends. It is in your best interest to stay with the small group that you are placed in at check-in. You will have plenty of opportunities to connect with your friend throughout the event.
Academic advisement will prepare you to choose courses and create a class schedule that fits into your academic plan at Southern Miss.
Orientation is meant to be an independent experience for students. It is important that you understand the requirements of your academic major since your success is ultimately up to you. For that reason, you will go to your academic advisement session on your own. Your parents/family will have opportunities to have any questions about your academics answered during Orientation activities and are not permitted at academic advisement.
Yes. Representatives from Financial Aid will be available to answer individual questions at each Orientation session.
Yes. Residence hall tours are offered during Orientation. If you are unable to take a tour during your Orientation session or would like to schedule a separate tour, contact the Office of Admissions.
Students generally receive their housing assignment in July prior to the start of the fall semester. You should not assume that you will find out your housing assignment at Orientation. If you have any questions or concerns about your housing assignment, you will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Department of Housing and Residence Life during your Orientation session. For further information and details about your housing assignment, please contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life.
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.