Freshman Orientation Agenda

Day 1

2-3:30 p.m. | Check-in, Thad Cochran Center lobby


2-4 p.m. | Your choice of activities, Thad Cochran Center

 4:15 p.m. | Welcome Session, Thad Cochran Center, 3rd floor ballrooms


 5-8:30 p.m. | Student and parent sessions and dinner

8:30-10 p.m. | Eagles after Hours and Parent Reception, M.M. Roberts Stadium


Day 2

(Parent and students will attend separate programming throughout Day 2.)



8:30 a.m. | Welcome to Your Southern Miss, Bennett Auditorium


Morning to Early Afternoon, as directed | Academic advisement, student sessions, campus tours and lunch with your small group. Various campus locations


Early Afternoon | Check-out, class schedules, T-shirts and optional residence hall tours. Thad Cochran Center and R.C. Cook Union


8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Parent sessions and lunch, Thad Cochran Center


Event Assistance

Questions, Lost & Found, in front of Fresh Food Company


Taking Care of Business

You do not have to take care of these items in this particular order. These departments will be available in the Thad Cochran Center on Day 1 from 1 – 4 p.m. and on Day 2 from 11 a.m. to the end of the event.


Financial Aid

We understand that most students will have questions and concerns about their financial aid (scholarships, loans and grants), and we want to be sure that you leave orientation with the answers and information you need.


General Inquiries about Billing and Financial Aid

We encourage you to attend the Student Finances session on Day 1. There will also be a Student Finances Session for parents
on Day 2, and students will receive additional information about money matters during small-group activities on Day 2.


Questions about general issues related to tuition payment, student charges, accepting financial aid, etc., will be addressed during all of these sessions.


Specific Questions about Your Individual Financial Aid

If you feel that it is necessary to talk with a financial aid counselor about the details of your financial aid application and acceptance, financial aid counselors are available to assist you. However, in order to ensure that students have adequate time to have their questions answered and concerns addressed, please adhere to the following schedule: