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(West Plains) – First-time freshmen or transfer students with less than 10 credit hours have several dates from which to choose to attend Missouri State University-West Plains’ STudent Advising and Registration (STAR) Orientation sessions for the 2013 fall semester.

Spaces are available for sessions on May 10, May 23, May 31, June 7, June 14, July 19, July 25, August 2, August 9 and August 16, according to Veronica Mays, coordinator of student academic advisement at the Student Advisement and Academic Support (SAAS) Center, which hosts the events. In addition, a STAR Orientation session will be offered at the university’s Mountain Grove campus at Shannon Hall, 401 E. 17th St., on July 30.

Space is limited for each STAR session, so students are encouraged to register early for their preferred session.

STAR Orientations are designed to provide students with an introduction to the university and its services, policies and procedures, and to assist students in registering for their first semester. During STAR, students will meet with a faculty adviser, schedule fall classes, receive a photo ID, be assigned a BearPass login, receive a parking permit, have an opportunity to visit with a financial aid representative, purchase textbooks at Drago College Store and, if desired, take a tour of the campus.

Before attending an orientation, students must be admitted to the university and complete required ACT or Compass placement testing, as well as an in-house writing sample. Additional testing may be required for placement purposes depending upon ACT scores.

For more information about the STAR Orientation sessions and how to register for an orientation session, contact SAAS at 417-255-7222. All university offices can be contacted toll free by calling 1-888-466-7897.

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