A-Z Index

Advisement and Orientation Programs


Advantage is a 4-5 day program immediately preceding the fall semester that welcomes new students to Northwest. Students take part in a variety of activities which include: residential life, social/personal programs, multicultural and diversity awareness, the first meeting of University Seminar, networking opportunities and time for a little fun. During this event, students are encouraged to become comfortable with their new home and prepare for a successful fall semester. Advantage is organized by the Coordinator of Student Orientation and Transfer Affairs, x1951. 

Exploring Majors

The Exploring Majors program takes place two times a year prior to the beginning of preregistration for the next semester. Each academic department is represented and is willing to discuss the benefits of their majors. Students are encouraged to browse the area and pick up information regarding majors of interest. The Exploring Majors program is a cooperative effort by the Advisement Assistance and Resource Office, x1695, Enrollment Management, x1661 and the Office of Career Services, x1250. 

University Seminar

University Seminar is a one semester, one credit hour course required of all first-time freshmen. In this course students are introduced to a variety of student success and academic preparation techniques, various campus activities and organizations. The course also promotes a bonding between the members of the class and the instructor to facilitate a smooth first-year transition. The University Seminar program is coordinated by the University Seminar Program Office, x1951. 

New Student Orientation and Preregistration

An orientation program for transfer and freshman students attending Northwest Missouri State University for the first time in the spring semester. General information about the University, student services and advising are covered. Then each student has a scheduled appointment time with an academic advisor in their major which they will register for their spring courses. This program takes place prior to the end of the fall and spring semester and is coordinated by the Coordinator of Student Orientation and Transfer Affairs, x1951. 


SOAR (Summer Orientation Advisement and Registration) is the first academic contact a freshman will have with Northwest. SOAR is a combination of an initial orientation to the campus community and registration for fall semester courses. Orientation is not only for the new Northwest students, but also their family members. The registration portion of the day starts with each student reviewing a prepared fall schedule created on the basis of the students’ academic major, ACT sub-scores, extracurricular activities and previous college credit earned. Students may modify their schedule to meet their needs. SOAR is organized by the Coordinator of Student Orientation and Transfer Affairs, x1951 and the Assistant Director of Advisement, x1695.