You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Here is everything you need to know for your First STEP Orientation.
Prior to Your Face-To-Face Orientation Event:
- Watch your Southeast email!
- Confirmation of your registration will be sent there, as well as updates about your date status.
Day of Event:
- Dress casually and wear comfortable shoes.
- Display your parking permit clearly when you park on campus.
- Check-in during the designated window (7:45 - 8:55 am).
- Have your transcript (unofficial is okay) of any currently enrolled high school courses, or transfer, AP, or dual enrollment credit you have earned or are currently enrolled in to assist during advising.
- Submit all official test scores directly from the testing agency or include them on the official high school transcript by June 1 for the summer/fall term and December 1 for the spring term.
- Arriving late or leaving early may delay or postpone your enrollment.
Frequently Asked Questions
First STEP is required for all incoming students coming directly from high school or with under 24 transferrable hours. It is an enjoyable day packed with information about classes, housing, college life, and a multitude of other topics regarding your time at Southeast. If a student has 24 credit hours or more, they have the option of signing up for one of our Transfer Orientation sessions.
Students who are completing their degree completely online in an eligible major or attending a regional campus location (Kennett, Sikeston, or Poplar Bluff) do not need to attend First STEP Orientation. Contact New Student Programs for assistance.
Graduate and returning students should contact their advisors directly.
All new, first-time undergraduate domestic students (not exclusively at a regional campus or in a fully online degree program) will be charged a $150 enrollment fee on their first full semester bill to Southeast. There is no separate charge for First STEP orientation.
All the new transfer undergraduate domestic students (not exclusively at a regional campus or in a fully online degree program) will be charged a $100 enrollment fee on their first full semester bill to Southeast. There is no separate charge for Transfer Orientation or the online Transfer Orientation Canvas course.
Orientation events take place in the University Center on the corner of Henderson St. and Normal Ave. and parking is provided at the designated orientation parking lot at the corner of Henderson St. and Broadway. Additionally, there is very limited parking in a visitor parking lot right across from the University Center, but that space usually fills up quickly. Make sure to display the provided permit! If you did not receive it, a copy is attached to your final emailed confirmation.
If you are already on campus, see the Orientation Parking Attendant, or any Orientation Leader for a replacement pass. If for some reason you receive a parking ticket during the day of First STEP, simply notify one of the Orientation Leaders or a member of the Orientation Staff and provide them a few details and a copy of the ticket. We will be more than happy to take care of it for you.
Advisors use all the information we know about you to build a tentative schedule for you in advance of your orientation day. We review prior college credit, academic plans, test scores, GPA, and indicated areas of interest and activities to build the best possible schedule for the first semester on campus.
On the day of your orientation, you will review this schedule and note any questions, concerns, or changes needed on the applicable form. Advisors use these responses to guide the advising process and enrollment process, where any necessary changes to the tentative schedule can be made.
By the end of the day, you will have a finalized class schedule in your hands! You will also hear valuable information during our academics and advising session: learn about the general education system, class requirements, and other useful information about a first-semester schedule and planning for the future!
There are several different resources available to you. Of course, you can always speak with the staff in New Student Programs!
- When Kids Go to College: A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships by Newman
- Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Today's College Experience by Coburn and Treeger
- Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years by Johnson and Schelhas-Miller
- How to Survive in an Empty Nest: Reclaiming Your Life When Your Children Have Grown by Lauer
- Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College by Pasick
- Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College by Van Steenhouse and Parker
For more resources, check out our Families Page!