First-Year Experience

Thriving in College: the First-year Experience at MSU Texas

At Midwestern State University, we know that starting college can be both exciting and challenging. That's why we've developed comprehensive and coordinated First-Year Experience programming to help our new students acclimate to college life. Starting with New Student Orientation and continuing through Mustangs Roundup, First-year Seminars, and Rising Sophomore Summit, students will be guided through the process of becoming an MSU Mustang—and learning how to achieve the most important goals of college: make good grades, and make good friends. 

Please explore the links below to learn more about what MSU does to care for our newest community members and guide them through this significant chapter of their lives!  We hope to see you at New Student Orientation, and we invite you to reach out any time as you have questions and suggestions!

First-Year Experience Programs

Midwestern State University's First-Year Experience program offers a comprehensive set of resources and support designed to help new students succeed academically and personally.

Essential Resources for First-Year Student Success

As a first-year student, you'll have access to a range of resources to support you throughout your academic journey. Admissions advisors are available to guide you through the application process and answer any questions you may have. Academic advisors can assist with course selection and provide guidance on achieving your academic goals. On-campus housing offers a safe and convenient living environment, while tutoring services provide additional support to help you succeed in your coursework. These resources are just a few examples of the many ways in which the university is committed to your success.
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FIRST2GO: Empowering First-Generation College Students

At Midwestern State University, FIRST2GO is dedicated to providing comprehensive support for first-generation college students. Through a range of programs and advising services, FIRST2GO offers advocacy focused on retention and success, shared knowledge rooted in data and research, and collaboration across campus.

By providing these resources, we're committed to ensuring that all of our students have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Tools for Success

We provide students with the tools they need to succeed. Two such tools are Navigate Student and MustangsLink. Navigate Student is a cloud-based support tool that helps students schedule appointments, find resources, and stay on top of their academics, while MustangsLink is MSU Texas' student involvement system that makes it easy for students to find and participate in the activities and events that interest them. These resources are just another way we help students make good grades and make good friends! 

Mustangs Link

MustangsLink is MSU Texas' student involvement system, designed to help students get involved on campus and manage their experiences outside the classroom. With a central calendar for student life, and groups for every registered student organization, residence hall, and living learning community on campus.

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Navigate Student is a cloud-based student support tool that allows university stakeholders to connect with students and use predictive analytics to identify potential roadblocks to graduation. This helps advisors, staff, and students stay on top of important deadlines and milestones, and ensures that students stay on track to meet their goals.

Visit Navigate

Last Modified: 10/19/2023