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First STEP

We understand your transition to college is changing. We're all learning new processes, and in true Southeast Missouri State fashion, at least we're learning them together.

Due to health and safety concerns and current social gathering restrictions, in-person First STEP and Transfer Orientation programs scheduled for Fall 2020 have been cancelled. First STEP Orientation and Transfer Orientation for Fall 2020 have been moved to a hybrid model that will feature online, individual phone/Zoom appointments, and in person components when it is safe to do so.

During this time, we're more committed than ever to helping you navigate college and stay on track to join us in the fall. We have a robust orientation process- and that won't change- because we want to promote your educational, career, professional and social deveopment while helping you understand your options and resources.

There's a lot to do when you enroll. It starts with First STEP. 

At Southeast, we are committed to making the transition to college life easier. We encourage students and their family members to ask lots of questions, actively participate in sessions, develop friendships and learn everything you can about Southeast.

First STEP Orientation introduces you to the personal support systems in place to set you up for amazing achievements in your time on campus. We give you the time and place to meet with your academic advisor in one of our groundbreaking academic areas that will help you launch an extraordinary career. We can't wait to see what you do!

It takes less than five minutes to register for orientation...what are you waiting for?

Register for First STEP

Please see details below on delivery method of orientation for Fall 2020.
If you need to reschedule or update your information, please call 573-651-5166.

Dates for students planning to enroll in  Summer or Fall 2020

  • Friday, July 17, 2020- Date has been moved to a virtual format.
    • Students registered for this date prior to 7/10 received an email to their Southeast email account on Monday 7/13 or Tuesday 7/14.
    • Students registered for this date from 7/10 until 7/17 received emails on a rolling basis as we processed your record and all were sent to their Southeast email no later than 7/22.
    • Students should review this email for details on accessing online modules and information on scheduling 1:1 advising appointments.
  • Friday, August 21, 2020Date has been moved to a virtual format.
    • Students registered for this date prior to 7/21 will receive an email to their Southeast email account on Tuesday 7/28. 
    • Students registered for this date after 7/21 will receive emails to their Southeast email account with instructions on a rolling basis as we process your record.
    • Students should review this email for details on accessing online modules and information on scheduling 1:1 advising appointments. Our goal is to get you enrolled in classes as quickly as possible and get you ready to start the fall semester so that you can attend Opening Week activities with the rest of your class when you arrive on campus!
  • Dates moved to a virtual format. All modules, advising appointments, and ID photo submissions due August 2, 2020. 
    • Please see your email for additional details on enrollment processes and advising appointments for Summer and Fall 2020. Students registered for these dates should check their Southeast email for further details, access to online modules, and information on scheduling 1:1 advising appointments.
      • Friday, March 27, 2020
      • Saturday, April 25, 2020
      • Friday, May 29, 2020
      • Friday, June 12, 2020
      • Friday, June 26, 2020

Click here to register!

Are you looking for Transfer Orientation? Click here!

Please note: Students cannot complete FirstSTEP Orientation and auditions or tryouts for an academic department, scholarship, or team on the same day.

Orientation Fee

All students will be charged a $150 nonrefundable orientation fee, which covers all Southeast orientation events and processes for the student and their family members at First STEP, materials, and staffing as well as meals, materials, and staffing for Opening Week activities. This fee will be charged to your student account after you complete or attend First STEP orientation, and a bill will be mailed.

Students, you will:

  • Be guided on your transition to Southeast
  • Be introduced to programs and services to enhance your success and experience at Southeast.
  • Be able to identify the rights and responsibilities you have as a Redhawk for your own engagement and academic success
  • Meet and interact with other new students
  • Learn how to access and use a variety of campus technology resources
  • Understand the purpose and process of academic advising and course selection
    • Complete the registration process
    • Be introduced to campus tools like Degree Maps and Degree Works
    • Identify major completion milestones in your major
    • Meet with a faculty or staff member from your desired major
    • Get information about your assigned academic advisor and how to contact them
  • Learn about major and career exploration
  • Be more confident and excited in your decision to attend Southeast!

 Family members and guests, you will:

  • Be introduced to strategies to help your student be successful
  • Learn about policies related to Southeast Missouri State University and how these policies are enforced and addressed on campus for the student population
  • Meet and interact with other families in transition
  • Be more confident and excited about your student’s decision to attend Southeast!

For All FirstSTEP Orientation Events (all formats):

Orientation Fee

All students will be charged a $150 nonrefundable orientation fee, which covers all Southeast orientation events and processes for the student and their family members at First STEP, materials, and staffing as well as meals, materials, and staffing for Opening Week activities. This fee will be charged to your student account after you complete or attend First STEP orientation, and a bill will be mailed. 

The Orientation Handbook

As entering Southeast students, information about all the university resources can become overwhelming. To help you along, we have created an Orientation Handbook which lists information on classes, advising and enrollment, campus living, financial aid, and other institutional resources. All students (and their parents or guests!) will receive their handbook when they check in at First STEP Orientation or as a link in their virtual orientation course. It can also be accessed here. 

Writing Placement Exam and Course Placement Assessments

Prior to arrival at First STEP or accessing the online course, some students will be required to take the Writing Placement Exam. The exam is taken online, and instructions on how to take the exam will be provided in your confirmation materials. All students must take the Writing Placement Exam unless they meet one of the below conditions:

  • Student has an ACT English subscore of 18 or greater, or equivalent SAT (430+ ERW) score. 
  • Student has already taken an English composition course and received college credit.
  • Student has spoken with the Director of Writing Assessment, and they have agreed to evaluate the student's writing portfolio.
  • For more details on the Writing Placement process, click here.
Course Placement Assessments

For Virtual Events: 

Academic Advising

Virtual First STEP will connect you with a highly trained professional advisor to advise and assist in constructing and finalizing your first semester schedule. After completing your online advising module and worksheet, you recieve a link to schedule a 1:1 phone or Zoom meeting with your assigned advisor, based on your indicated area of study or admission status. Parents are welcome to participate in this conversation! 

For Face to Face Events:

Parking

The First STEP programs are held in the University Center on the corner of Henderson Street and Normal Street. Please park in the lot on Broadway next to Imo's Pizza, the lot across from Vandiver Hall on Henderson or the visitor lot across from the University Center. A parking permit, along with a schedule of the day's events, will be mailed to you approximately two weeks before your reserved First STEP date. If using a GPS device for directions, the following address will set your destination to our visitor parking lot: 373 N. Henderson, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Academic Advising

First STEP will provide highly trained faculty and staff to advise and assist in constructing your first semester schedule. You and a small group of students with similar majors will work with an advisor in your anticipated field of study. If you are undecided (which we refer to as "Exploratory"), you will be advised by a professional advisor who is skilled in assisting students who have not yet determined their major.

 

If you are looking for a place to stay while you are here for First STEP Orientation, look no farther than the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitor's Bureau or the Jackson Chamber of Commerce for a listing of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other lodging options. 

www.visitcape.com (Select "Stay")

www.jacksonmochamber.org (Select "Directory" and "Hotels")

 

Please note that the Drury Suites – Cape & Jackson, Drury Lodge, or Pear Tree Inn all offer a Southeast family discount. Please provide the following promotional code if you will be staying with one of these hotels: 317573

Don't Forget
  • Face to Face First STEP is an all day program, so be prepared to be at Southeast until 5 p.m.
  • Virtual Orientation is self-paced, and will take several hours to complete, but can be done over several sitings.
  • Be On Time - Checking in late will delay your enrollment process.
  • Display your parking pass as instructed.
  • Bring a copy of any college credit that you have already received or are currently enrolled in.
Things to Remember

Make sure your most current and highest test scores are on file with Admissions. You may wish to bring a copy of your most recent scores in case of any discrepancies.

Be sure to check the deadline for all tuition fees, residence hall room and meal plan charges, and general fees, to be paid in full or to be enrolled in the installment payment plan. If the University does not receive payment by the deadline, you risk having your class schedule, residence hall room assignment, and meal plan cancelled.

If you achieve at least a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) high school cumulative GPA and a composite ACT score of 27, you are eligible for Southeast's Jane Stephens Honors Program and should attend the Honors Breakfast held in the morning during First STEP.

Every student must return their Residence Life Agreement (with $150 deposit) or a request for release from the on-campus residency requirement to the Office of Residence Life.

Contact

573.651.5166
nsp@semo.edu
Academic Hall 100D
New Student Programs
One University Plaza, MS 3550
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701