First Semester Guide

First Semester Guide

This guide will provide you with a quick, yet comprehensive, checklist of resources for success in your first semester. Your academic adviser will review it with you during your Summer Welcome advising appointment.


  • Absences: You are expected to be in class. If you become ill, or are unable to attend class, notify your instructor immediately.
  • Dates/Deadlines: The Registrar‘s office publishes the Schedule of Dates and Deadlines for each semester. This includes information about when a course can be dropped, added or withdrawn from.
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): A federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records. You can individually choose who has access to your records.
  • MyZou: This is MU’s online registration system. You can use it to complete tasks, such as course enrollment, view your grades and update personal information.
  • Pre-Interest Area Requirements: Your first two years are devoted to this group of courses to prepare you for your interest area curriculum.
  • Transcripts: Send official Advanced Placement scores, high school and dual credit college transcripts to the MU Admissions office.


  • Academic Advisement: Your partnership with an adviser begins today. Each student has an assigned adviser.
  • Career Services: During your time at MU you can search for jobs and internships, prepare your resume, experiment with mock interviews and interview with prospective employers.
  • In-State Residency: Non-Missouri students can lower their tuition by acquiring in-state status.
  • Mizzou Cares: Stress, sickness, wellness; life happens during college. Mizzou Cares provides a variety of resources to help.
  • MU Connect: This is your online tool for scheduling appointments with your adviser.
  • Student Groups: Join journalism-specific and campus-wide groups.
  • Student Success Center (SCC): The SSC offers group tutoring and exam reviews. Try the three-part study plan; it will help you strategically plan your first semester.