URGENT: Sign Up for Fall Orientation (March 2, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. CST)

IMPORTANT: you should double-check that you can log into my.olemiss.edu and that you have successfully submitted your immunization records well in advance of March 2.  Also look for Summer Housing registration dates, as this may be required in advance.

Registering late for orientation can have a drastic effect on your summer and leave you with a highly undesirable fall schedule.

You have probably received emails prompting you to sign up for an orientation session during the summer. Students are able to register for Fall courses only after they attend an orientation session and meet with an academic advisor. They begin in mid spring and fill up very, very quickly.

Although some occur earlier, most of the orientation sessions are scheduled on week days during the First and Second Summer Sessions (SS1 & SS2). Except in extreme cases, we will NOT allow you to miss class to attend an orientation session.

Here are basic guidelines for scheduling your session:

1) If you are in Honors and live within convenient driving distance, you should attend the Honors Orientation session on May 19-20 (Tues-Wed). This is NOT an option for non-honors students.

*March 4 is the day listed on the Orientation website that registration will open. The Honors College will most likely make its final decisions before this date. If you applied and do not hear back from them by then, please sign up for the next earliest slot that fits your schedule (according to the instructions below). If you are later accepted to Honors, you may check with Orientation about switching to the honors session.

2) If you’re attending SS1 and are not in Honors, or if making two trips would be a considerable inconvenience, you should plan on attending Freshman Session 1, which is May 21-22 (Thurs-Fri) SIGN UP AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, as early sessions fill up very quickly (within days, if not hours, of the application opening). This would still require you to find lodging over the weekend until dorms open..

3) If options 1 and 2 are not possible, convenient, or cost-effective, we have set Orientation Session 2 (June 1-2) as the default for all students beginning in Summer Session 1. Because this session occurs during the week, we will cancel class on these two days and instead hold class on the preceding Saturday and Sunday (May 30-31). Other students will need to “fend for themselves,” signing up as early as they can. Attending orientation during our summer program (while you are attending) is a very bad idea. Missing class puts you at serious risk of falling behind, and yes, missing two consecutive days has been enough to end some students’ Flagship careers in the past. Culturally speaking, absences and tardies are far less acceptable to Chinese teachers. They do take the reasons into consideration, but failing to sign up early would only be overlooked if a student found out about and applied to Flagship very late.

Remember, there is a very large time window between the last orientation and the start of fall semester. If you live in a distant state, it may be unavoidable for you to buy multiple airline tickets. That being said, let us know WITH PLENTY OF WARNING if you are traveling alone (most likely to Memphis Int’l Airport – MEM), and we may be able to pick you up (public transportation is scarce and quite expensive).

Session 2 may appear to be closed, precisely because several spots have been reserved for students in this and other special programs taking place in SS1. To gain access to this session, you will need to sign up AND PAY for another session, and then fill out the form below BY APRIL 15. After this point, the Orientation office will allow the session to fill completely.

3) If you’re attending SS1 and have a time conflict with the Session 2 dates, contact us immediately so that we can approve any absences and then instruct you on which session to attend. If you have little to no Chinese background, this session will most likely be at the end of the second or third week of class. Beginners simply can’t afford to miss the introductory phase of instruction without drastically increasing the chances of falling irreversibly behind.

For a full listing of all sessions, and to find instructions on how to register for Orientation, start with this page of their website:
https://orientation.olemiss.edu/

For more information pertaining to Orientation, advising, and course selection, please see our section below called, “To Complete During Orientation.”

When you have registered for Orientation, please submit this short Google form for our records:

Orientation Registration Confirmation Form