Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is orientation?
A: Orientation is a required program for students (optional for parents) that helps them get ready for the start of school. At orientation, we will cover the topics that will help you prepare for and successfully navigate your first year at Ole Miss. You will also register for classes at the orientation session.
Q: How long and during what time is the orientation program?
A: There are different types of orientation sessions! Times below are approximate and subject to change.
Check-in: 7:45-8:30 a.m. on Day 1
End: 2:00 p.m. on Day 2
Check-in: noon on Day 1
End: after course registration on Day 2
Q: Do my parents have to come to orientation?
A: We strongly encourage parents, guardians, significant others and/or other family members to attend orientation. So much information is new and sometimes confusing; it really helps to have at least two sets of ears.
Q: Do I have to stay for the entire session?
A: Yes, if you leave you will miss something important! It is mandatory that students attend both days in their entirety. You’re here to learn about your first year at Ole Miss and get off on the right foot. It’s in your best interest to be here for all sessions.
Registering for Orientation
Q: What do I need to do before registering for orientation?
A: You MUST complete and turn in both your housing application and $75 application fee,
AND submit your health records to the Student Health Center on campus before you can register for orientation.
Q: How do I register for orientation?
A: Once you’ve turned in both your housing application and $75 application fee, and submitted your health records to the Student Health Center, follow this registration link. Sign in to myOleMiss and select the Orientation tab. Then select the new registration request link from the left-hand side. Fill out the form, and hit submit. That’s it! Please note that orientation registration cannot be completed over the phone.
Q: How do I know that my registration is complete and that my spot is reserved?
A: After you sign up and pay for a session, an email confirming your reservation and payment of orientation fees will be mailed to your Ole Miss email account unless you specify that you want it mailed to another email address. In that case, it will be sent to both accounts. If you preregister for an orientation, then you will not receive a confirmation until payment is received in the orientation office.
Q: If I register for orientation and decide to cancel my admission to Ole Miss, can I get a refund?
A: All orientation fees are nonrefundable. Deciding not to attend the University of Mississippi or having your admission rescinded due to poor academic performance does not qualify you to receive a refund of orientation fees. If you decide not to attend Ole Miss, you are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions.
Q: If my family member registers and decides not to attend orientation, can I get a refund?
A: No, just as with student fees, all family fees are nonrefundable.
Q: If I’ve been accepted into Ole Miss’ honors program, do I register for a specific orientation session?
A: Yes, we do have an orientation session for honors students, but if you are unable to attend, you can register for any other session available. We will have an honors-specific session for those unable to attend the honors orientation.
Q: I am having trouble registering for orientation. What do I do?
A: Check your ID and password, and make sure they are correct. If you think they are the problem, contact our IT Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-915-5222. If the problem is something else (credit card, etc.), call us at 662-915-7226, or email us at email@example.com, and we’ll help you get it straight.
Q: Can I make changes to my scheduled session?
A: If your plans change after you have registered for an orientation session, please log in to the registration system to change to another session. You will be charged a $15 processing fee for any changes made to your registration within seven days of your session.
Q: Do I have to stay in a residence hall during orientation?
A: No, but this option is available at most sessions. Be sure to mark the appropriate box when you register for orientation.
Q: Can I add parents/guests to my session?
A: Please log in to the original registration portal to add a parent or guest to your session. You will be charged a $15 processing fee for any additions if made within seven days of your session.
Q: What happens if I miss my session?
A: Students and family members who do not attend their reserved orientation session will be assessed a $15 processing fee upon registering for a new session.
Q: What does the orientation fee cover?
A: There are different types of orientation sessions!
Freshman Sessions: The $115 orientation fee covers all expenses for the program, including most meals and housing for one night in one of our residence halls. It is recommended that all students attending summer orientation stay overnight in the designated residence hall.
Transfer Sessions: The $60 orientation fee covers all expenses for the program, including most meals and printed materials. Overnight accommodations are an additional $35.
Read our 2018 Orientation Preview for more information.
Q: Do I need to bring my checkbook to pay for tuition and fees?
A: No. The bursar’s office sends out bills for all new students who have attended an orientation session and registered for classes. Your semester fees for tuition, meal plans, housing and parking decal will be included on the bill. Students pay for books separately (usually when picking them up at the beginning of the semester), though many reserve them while at orientation.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept for orientation?
A: Visa or MasterCard, debit or credit cards, and bank draft. We are unable to apply orientation charges to the bursar bill at this time.
Q: Can I just see an adviser on my own and not go to orientation?
A: No. While you can visit with an adviser prior to your session, you cannot register for classes at that time. You can register for classes only at an orientation session. Also, remember that orientation provides you with a lot more information than just scheduling classes and only lasts a day and a half. That day and a half can make a lot of difference and is worth it.
Q: Will I be able to get the classes I need at orientation?
A: We will do our best to make sure you get the classes you need. We are always able to make sure that students get the classes they need by the first few days of the semester, even if those classes are not available at your specific orientation session. You might need to visit a few professors, an adviser or a dean’s office, but you will be able to build a schedule that works for you. Once you start school, you will be in the regular rotation of advising so you shouldn’t run into any problems in the future.
Q: Can I meet individually with faculty and staff in certain offices if I need to?
A: Of course. Every orientation session has at least one day when all offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individual appointments can be made. Offices you may be interested in visiting are financial aid, dean’s offices, the bursar’s office and student disability services. You can visit just about anyone else you need to see as well.
Q: Can I get my ID made before orientation?
A: You can have your Ole Miss ID card made ahead of time and mailed back to you before your orientation session. If you are staying on campus during your session, you will need your ID card to access the residence hall in which you are staying. Also, two forms of ID are needed to rent a post office box (for example, a driver’s license and student ID). Other advantages of getting your ID made ahead of time are that you won’t stand in line waiting to take your picture at orientation, and you can choose the picture that will be on the ID instead of taking the picture here.
Mail the following items to the address below to have your ID made before orientation:
- A photo of yourself (Simple head shots are best, color is preferred. Please, no full-body shots, hats, head coverings or sunglasses; this will cause the ID Center to reject your photo.)
- Your full name
- Your Ole Miss ID number or Social Security number
Ole Miss ID Center
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
The ID Center staff will make your ID card and mail it back to you, saving you valuable time while at orientation. For more information, call the ID Center at 662-915-7423, or go to the ID Center’s website.