Newly Admitted SHP Students

Hello, and welcome to Mizzou!

A majority of the information below is more tailored towards First Year On-Campus students, but should be helpful for a variety of students-including Mizzou Online students.

Helpful links for Mizzou Online students

Finalizing Your Admission/Summer Welcome

  • Follow these steps as listed by University of Missouri Office of Admissions to make sure that everything has been submitted at the University level
  • Register for Summer Welcome-Mizzou’s advising, registration and orientation program for new students
    • During Summer Welcome, as part of your first meeting with an academic advisor, you will select and enroll in classes for your first semester at Mizzou.
    • Please save advising questions for Summer Welcome. Your Summer Welcome date is when your enrollment time will open-you will not be able to enroll in classes at Mizzou prior to Summer Welcome and shouldn’t need to schedule an appointment to speak with an academic advisor prior to that day.
  • Questions about Summer Welcome should be directed to the Office of New Student Programs—they organize Summer Welcome programming and scheduling

How do I prepare to meet with an academic advisor for my advising session?

  1. Look at our Advising Worksheets. Health Science is our direct admit program. Please note that the following programs require a separate, professional application that is typically due sophomore year-or later:
    • Athletic Training
    • Clinical Laboratory Science
    • Communication Science & Disorders
    • Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Public Health
    • Radiological Science
    • Respiratory Therapy

    *Students can declare Pre-Health Professions in the above-listed majors. This allows interested students to take classes on track toward their intended path.

  2. Look at the Course Catalog. Keep in mind that programs are continually undergoing changes, and meeting with an advisor in that program will help ensure that you are on track
  3. Review Gen Ed requirements.
  4. Become familiar with degree audits. We encourage you to explore how to utilize this too. Note: if transfer or dual-credit coursework has not been sent to the University of Missouri, it will impact the accuracy of your degree audit
  5. Make sure to transfer your AP/IB /dual credit before the start of the semester. Here are the minimum AP scores for Mizzou credit. For transfer or dual-credit courses, contact the Registrar’s Office (or its equivalent) at the institution through which the courses were completed and request that an official transcript be sent to:University of Missouri
    Office of Admissions
    230 Jesse Hall
    Columbia, MO 65211Contact the Office of Admissions at 573-882-7786 if you do not see the credit posted in myZou within three weeks of sending the transcript or AP report

Mizzou is the school for me! But what happens if I want to change my major before, during, or after Summer Welcome?

We’re glad that you chose Mizzou! Here is what you should do if you want to change your major:

Before Summer Welcome

Call or email your Admissions evaluator and let them know the major you would like.

During Summer Welcome

This happens more often than you would think!

  • If you are an SHP student and want to change your major to something else within the School of Health Professions, we will take care of that when you come in for advising
  • If you are a student who is not already planning an SHP degree, ask an Orientation Leader what steps you should take. The timing of your decision affects what you would need to do.
  • If you are an SHP student who wishes to change to a major outside of SHP, ask an Orientation Leader what steps you should take to be advised in your new intended major. The timing of your decision affects what you would need to do. Here is a list of majors at Mizzou.

After Summer Welcome

I am here for Summer Welcome!

Can my parent, guardian, or friend sit in on my advising appointment during Summer Welcome?

Summer Welcome a great opportunity for new students to begin independently navigating their experience at Mizzou and within the School of Health Professions. For this reason, we generally meet on-on-one with our new students, helping us to establish a strong advising relationship and keeping the focus on each student’s individual vision for their academic and career future.

We encourage SHP students and parents/guardians to communicate regularly about their progress at the University of Missouri and the School of Health Professions.

Our advisors must comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) when speaking to parents or other parties about students’ academic information. FERPA is similar to HIPAA, in that we are unable to release information without the student’s official written consent. This prohibits access to, or release of, educational records or personally identifiable information contained in such records (other than directory information) without the written consent of the student or as specified by other exceptions such as subpoenas and court orders.

For more information:

When do I find out who my advisor is? Will it be the person I meet with during Summer Welcome?

You will receive an email within a week of attending Summer Welcome with the following information:

  • Resources for SHP Students
  • Expectations
  • Your new SHP Advisor’s name and contact information
  • How to schedule with your SHP advisor

We make every effort to assign you with the advisor that you met during Summer Welcome, but we cannot guarantee that we are able to do that for every student. No worries, though—every one of our advisors is wonderful!

Advising Expectations

Have questions, listen carefully, be enthusiastic, and share your goals (all of them, whether academic, career, study abroad, volunteer, or any other college experience).

The School Year (Starting at Summer Welcome)

June

Come to Summer Welcome, meet Mizzou (again), and get advising!

  • Make sure you read the SHP Weekly Email, SHP Career Services Email, and the SHP Volunteer Opportunities Email. You’ll be put on the email list a couple of days after attending Summer Welcome. These emails have information about upcoming SHP events, getting involved in SHP, workshops, and volunteer opportunities.
  • If you qualify for Work Study, follow the instructions listed here.

July

Prepare for August and the start of classes!

  1. Reach out to your advisor if you have questions about changing your schedule! We have advisors here throughout the summer. The email you received after Summer Welcome has information about contacting your advisor.
  2. Check out our campus resources. These include, but are not limited to:
    • The Counseling Center
    • The Learning Center (tutoring)
    • Mizzou Life
    • Financial Aid
    • Residential Life
    • Undergraduate research
    • And more!
  3. Look over our SHP Policies and Frequently Asked Questions. While they might not be relevant right now, they will come in handy later

August

This is when the fun begins: Move in, start classes, and make Mizzou home!

  1. Familiarize yourself with campus by using campus maps and by exploring
  2. Complete your myZou to-do list.
  3. Re-familiarize yourself with myZou.
  4. Make sure you know important dates and deadlines for the semester. You can change your schedule during the first week of classes
  5. Send your advisor an email saying hey!
  6. Make sure you read the SHP Weekly Email.

September

Meet with your advisor before Early Registration, find out how to get involved in SHP, and familiarize yourself with some awesome campus resources.

October

Early Registration time! Early registration begins about halfway through the semester. The beginning date is published by the Registrar’s Office.

  • Every student is assigned a registration date or enrollment date. This date is determined by the University Registrar and is based on the number of credit hours completed and in progress (the more credit hours, the earlier your enrollment date).
  • You may register at your enrollment appointment time or any time after that until the last day to add a class.
  • If you register after the beginning of classes but before the registration deadline a late fee will be assessed.

Early Registration To-Dos

  1. Attend a Pre-Registration workshop (info will be emailed out)
  2. Keep an eye out for an email from your advisor with Early Registration instructions 1-2 weeks before registration opens
  3. Check enrollment date AND TIME *the time is a little more hidden–refer back to the email for instructions on how to find it
  4. Schedule your appointment. You want your appointment to be within 48 hours of your enrollment date. This is to ensure that course availability is as accurate as possible. MU Connect is available 24/7 for you to schedule an advising appointment at your convenience. Schedule sooner (for example: schedule your appointment at 10:30 p.m. on October 15 for 9:00 a.m. on November 1 with an enrollment date of November 3). Use MU Connect to schedule your appointment.
  5. Preparing for your appointment:
    • Check for holds. If you have a hold listed in myZou, click on the hold to get more information about what the hold is and how to resolve it. The SHP Office of Student Services cannot remove holds unless they are “Health Professions” holds. Refer to your email if you have a “Health Professions” hold-instructions on how to remove the hold have been emailed to you.
    • Look at our Advising Worksheets
    • Pull a Degree Audit
    • Look at Gen Ed requirements
    • Review Current Class Offerings in myZou
    • Have a list of the courses you’re interested in taking ready to discuss with your advisor
    • Have a list of questions for your advisor

Other SHP events in October

The SHP Career & Opportunities Fair. Visit the Career Services Office to prep your resume before attending! The Career & Opportunities Fair is for:

    • Undergraduate students researching potential employment, graduate school, internship, and volunteer opportunities
    • Graduate/Professional students, and Undergraduate Seniors looking for full-time employment after graduation

November-December

Rounding out your first semester at Mizzou! Congrats! November is when students meet with their advisors to talk about in-progress courses and those for the next semester.

Please see the University of Missouri Holidays and Paid Time Off for the schedule of University Holiday Closures

Sometimes, students will withdraw from a course around this time.

Winter Break (December/January)

With the exception of closures, the SHP Student Services Office is open, though staff often take personal vacation days to spend time with their families.

SHP Student Services will be closed between the Christmas Day holiday (or the day it is observed) through the day before New Year’s Day (or the day it is observed).

If you are wanting to change your course schedule for the Spring Semester, you may do so during Winter Break and through the first week of classes of the Spring Semester.

We are able to hold phone appointments if you are not in Columbia during Winter Break. You must leave your phone number in the Detailed Description box in MU Connect when scheduling your appointment, or we cannot contact you for the phone appointment. This cannot be done on mobile, so use a laptop or PC to schedule your appointment. Once classes resume, appointments will be held in person.

Dean’s List information is typically sent out in mid-January via email. Click here for more information regarding the SHP Dean’s List requirements and FAQ.

January

The start of your second semester! Congratulations!

  • Make sure you know important dates and deadlines for the semester. You can change your schedule during the first week of courses/
  • Send your advisor an email saying hey, and letting them know how your first semester went!
  • Make sure you read the SHP Weekly Email.

February

Meet with your advisor before Early Registration, and let them know how your MU journey is going. You can check in to let them know how courses are going. This is the time of year to do a 4 year plan if you would like to (they aren’t required, but they are helpful). If you think that your major might not be the right fit, talk to your advisor about next steps! That’s what they are here for.

March

  • Early Registration time! This time, you can enroll for Summer and Fall courses. Early registration begins about halfway through the semester. The beginning date is published by the Registrar’s Office.
  • SHP Scholarships are also due this month. Click the link for deadline and application requirement information.
  • Every student is assigned a registration date or enrollment date. This date is determined by the University Registrar and is based on number of credit hours completed and in progress (the more credit hours, the earlier your enrollment date).
  • You may register at your appointment time or any time after that until the last day to add a class.
  • If you register after the beginning of classes but before the registration deadline a late fee will be assessed.

Early Registration To-Dos

  • Keep an eye out for an email from your advisor with Early Registration instructions 1-2 weeks before the registration period begins
  • Check enrollment date AND TIME *the time is a little more hidden-refer back to the email for instructions on how to find it
  • Schedule your appointment. You want your appointment to be within 48 hours of your Enrollment Date. This is to ensure that course availability is as accurate as possible. MU Connect is available 24/7 for you to schedule this appointment at your convenience. Schedule sooner (for example: schedule your appointment at 8:30 p.m. on February 18 for 2:00 p.m. on March 4 with an enrollment date of March 6). Use MU Connect to schedule your appointment
  • Preparing for your appointment
    • Check for holds
      • If you have a hold listed in myZou, click on the hold to get more information about what the hold is and how to resolve it
      • The SHP Office of Student Services cannot remove holds unless they are “Health Professions” holds.
      • Refer to your email if you have a “Health Professions” hold-instructions on how to remove the hold have been emailed to you
    • Look at our Advising Worksheets
    • Pull a Degree Audit
    • Look at Gen Ed requirements
    • Review Current Class Offerings in myZou
    • Have a list of the courses you’re interested in taking ready to discuss with your advisor
    • Have a list of questions for your advisor
    • Talk to your advisor about summer courses-especially if you are considering taking courses at another institution. Here is the list of Transfer Course Equivalencies. Keep in mind that some professional programs might not accept certain transfer credits–be sure to verify how the courses will transfer with your advisor.

Other SHP events in March

The SHP Career & Opportunities Fair — Visit the Career Services Office to prep your resume before attending! The Career & Opportunities Fair is for:

  • Undergraduate students researching potential employment, graduate school, internship, and volunteer opportunities
  • Graduate/Professional students, and Undergraduate Seniors looking for full-time employment after graduation

April-May

Rounding out your first YEAR at Mizzou! Congrats! April and May is when students meet with their advisor to talk about in-progress courses and those for the next semester(s), talk about course progress and career goals.

Please see the University of Missouri Holidays and Paid Time Off for the schedule of University Holiday Closures

Sometimes, students will withdraw from a course around this time.

Talk to your advisor about summer courses-especially if you are considering taking courses at another institution

Summer Break (May-August)

With the exception of closures, the SHP Student Services Office is open, though staff often take personal vacation days to spend time with their families.

You are able to change your course schedule for the Fall Semester through the first week of classes of the Fall semester.

We are able to hold phone appointments if you are not in Columbia during Summer Break. Once classes resume, appointments will be held in person.

Dean’s List information is typically sent out in May or June via email. Click here for more information regarding the SHP Dean’s List requirements and FAQ

Talk to your advisor about summer courses-especially if you are considering taking courses at another institution. Here is the list of Transfer Course Equivalencies. Keep in mind that some professional programs might not accept certain transfer credits—be sure to verify how the courses will transfer with your advisor.

Transfer in your summer credits before the Fall Semester if you have taken a summer course at another institution. Contact the Registrar’s Office (or its equivalent) at the institution through which the courses were completed and request that an official transcript be sent to:

University of Missouri
Office of Admissions
230 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Contact the Office of Admissions at 573-882-7786 if you do not see the credit posted in myZou within three weeks of sending the transcript.