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transfer student orientation

New Student Programs is closed to the public until June 29 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we're still available to assist you and your family on the phone, online, and through video conferencing. 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 through July have been cancelled. First STEP Orientation and Transfer Orientation for Fall 2020 has 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.

We know that you will do what it takes to find success.

At Southeast, we are committed to making the transition to our campus community easier for you. Transfer Orientation is for all students who have completed 24 or more college credit hours prior to enrollment at Southeast. This optional program is designed to familiarize students and guests alike with academic guidelines and campus services available at Southeast.

Transfer 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!

Transfer Orientation for Summer and Fall 2020 Admission

2020 Summer and Fall Transfer Orientation Dates

  • If you were enrolled in the cancelled April 8 or April 29th dates, please see your email for additional details on enrollment processes and advising appointments for Summer and Fall 2020. 
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020 (Summer and Fall Enrollment) - Please review email for details on your academic advising appointment. Additional modules coming soon. 
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2020 (Fall Enrollment Only) - Virtual event. Details will be sent to your Southeast email within 2 weeks of the event. 

Click here to register for Transfer Orientation using the password mailed to you in your credit evaluation.

If you have under 24 transferrable credit hours (at least one full semester post-high school), as determined by your credit evaluation, you must attend FirstSTEP Orientation. Register for that event here.


Orientation Information


The Transfer Orientations are held in the University Center on the corner of Henderson Street and Normal Street. Please park in the visitor lot across from the University Center. A parking permit will be mailed with your confirmation, approximately two weeks prior to your session. 

Orientation Fee

A $75 non-refundable orientation fee will be charged to your account after you have attended orientation. This fee covers all steps of your orientation experience while enrolled at Southeast including meals for you and your guests, publications, materials, postage and staffing of orientation events.

Academic Advising

At Transfer Orientation, you have the option of having our office make your advising appointment for that day, or you may opt to call your advisor to make an appointment for a different date.  When you call our office, we will give you your advisor information, or you can refer to the information mailed with your credit evaluation from the Registrar's Office. 

Southeast Connection

Southeast values experiential learning and open communication among faculty, staff, and students. Through interactive sessions facilitated by Southeast faculty, staff and student Orientation Leaders, you will receive "nuts and bolts" information, meet other members of your class and begin your Southeast connection.

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 services.  

Click here to view the 2020 Orientation Handbook.

To Register

To register for Transfer Orientation, please refer to the instructions in the dates section above. Please note, all requests for reservations must be received no later than 3 business days prior to orientation. 

Transfer Student Orientation Schedule
Maps & Directions

Hotels and Lodging

If you are looking for a place to stay while you are here for Transfer 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. (Select "Stay") (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

Orientation Checklist

Don't Forget to...
  • Be on time! Checking in late will delay your enrollment process.
  • Display parking permit as instructed.
  • Bring a copy of any college credit that you have already received or have in progress.  
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.
  • Bring a copy of any in-progress college credit with you. 
  • 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 canceled.
  • If you are transferring with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5, you are eligible for Southeast's Honors Programs and should attend the Honors session held during the Transfer Orientation. 
  • A $75 non-refundable orientation fee will be charged to your account after you have attended orientation. This fee covers all steps of your orientation experience while enrolled at Southeast including meals for you and your guests, publications, materials, postage and staffing of orientation events.
  • Every student must return his/her Residence Life Agreement (with $150 deposit) or a request for release from the on-campus residency requirement to the Admissions Office.

Contact: New Student Programs - (573) 651-5166


Academic Hall 100D
New Student Programs
One University Plaza, MS 3550
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701