Student Resource Guide

This guide was prepared by the deans of the Reynolds College of Arts and Letters to provide helpful information to its new students.

Financial Aid

Incoming freshmen

Transfer students

Student Employment

Work Study

Federal work study opportunities exist across campus. The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service and work that is related to students course of study.

Many departments also offer student employment opportunities beyond federal work study. Check with your department to see if they hire any student lab assistants.

Contact information

Office of Student Financial Aid
Carrington Hall 101
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8-5, except Tuesday is 9-5

Bursar’s Office (where you pay your bills)
Carrington Hall, First Floor
Window Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:30-4

The Office of Student Employment Services
Blair-Shannon, Room 113
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8-5

Career Center

The Career Center is involved with lifelong career development. Their mission is to prepare students to make responsible career decisions, and this preparation begins at the freshman level. In addition to learning about occupations, career exploration enables students to determine if the major and/or career they select is the most suitable for your interests, skills, work values, and personality. The Career Center helps students with the decision-making process: learning how to set and meet goals, and understanding the process involved in preparing for a career.


  • Career Counseling and Major Exploration
  • Internship and Cooperative Education
  • Career Recruitment and Employment

Contact information

Career Center
Carrington Hall, Room 309
Glass Hall, Room 103
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8-5

Bear CLAW: Center for Learning and Writing

Interactive space in Meyer Library uniting the resources and expertise of the faculty, library personnel, computer and information technology, the Writing Center, subject-area tutoring, and PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) in an environment that fosters informal, collaborative work and social interaction.

Tutoring options

  • Math
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Business
  • Specific COAL classes:
    • ART 200/273
    • DAN 180
    • Modern languages: FRN/GRK/LTN/SPN: 101/102, 201/202 and others
    • LLT 121, 321
    • THE 101

Contact information

Meyer Library, first floor, southeast corner
Center open during regular Library hours
General office hours Monday thru Friday, 8-5
Tutoring hours vary by semester

Office of the Registrar

Nearly everything academic runs through the office of the registrar including course registration, records, transcripts, academic appeals, commencement, forms, veteran student services, etc. The mission of the Office of the Registrar is to provide quality support services to students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and other constituents of the University. Located in Carrington Hall (Room 320), it’s essential that you learn to navigate the Registrar’s office to enjoy academic success at MSU.

Contact information

Office of the Registrar
Carrington Hall, Room 320

Veteran Student Services

Veteran’s Services helps veterans in many ways, including priority registration, prepayment of tuition for Post 9/11 GI bill recipients, access to a veteran student lounge.

Review the checklist for veterans

Contact information

Office of the Registrar
Carrington Hall, Room 320

Odds and ends

Academic Advising and Transfer Center

Responsible for advising Missouri State University undergraduates who are in the process of selecting majors. Provides services, programs and publications to assist academic departments in providing quality advising to all Missouri State University students. Advising has a strong impact on student learning and retention by providing each student with a caring role model.

Contact information

Academic Advising and Transfer Center
University Hall, Room 109
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8-5

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers individual counseling, group counseling, consultation/referrals and emergency/crisis services. The Center also offers a variety of educational programs designed to define and/or prevent problems and improve the quality of university life. Topics such as stress management, relationships, test-taking, effective communication, time management, anger management and co-dependency are typically scheduled.

Contact information

Counseling Center
Carrington Hall, Room 311
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8-5

Multicultural Services

A resource for students to help them develop cultural competency and find community within the university.

Review community resources

Contact information

Multicultural Services
Plaster Student Union, Room 141
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9-7

Education Abroad

Short-term and long-term options to travel and study abroad. Many departments host education abroad opportunities – speak with your advisor to see what your department offers.

Check out what other MSU students have said about their education abroad experiences on the Education Abroad blog.

Contact information

Office of Education Abroad
Plaster Student Union, Room 209
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8-5

Internship Opportunities

Contact your home department to learn more about internship opportunities in your major.

Student Activities Council

SAC is the student programming board on campus which is responsible for planning social, cultural and diverse events open to the entire student body. These activities are funded through the student involvement fee that every student pays, so most of them are free.

Review SAC's Calendar of Events

Contact information

Student Activities Council
Plaster Student Union, Room 115

Office of Student Engagement

Located in Plaster Student Union (Room 101), the office of student engagement can provide info on fraternity and sorority life, campus ministry associations, student organizations, leadership development, and a variety of other co-curricular activities

Contact information

Office of Student Engagement
Plaster Student Union, Room 101
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8-5