Parent & Family Orientation

Welcome to Midwestern State University’s Parent and Family Online Orientation!

We are very excited to welcome you and your student to the Mustangs family. The links below are designed to be self-paced. The content is an introduction to some of the many programs and services available to your student while at MSU Texas. We hope this serves as a useful introduction and we welcome any additional questions you may have. You can reach us at orientation@msutexas.edu or by phone at 940-397-6284.

Frequently/Recently Asked Questions

My child was told she has a "hold" on her account. What does this mean?

MSU uses registration holds on student accounts to make sure all required items are completed before an incoming student can register for or begin classes. Common holds for incoming students include: TSI, Meningitis, Advising and/or Orientation. These holds must all be cleared/removed before a student can begin the semester. Details about each hold are below.

Is the New Student Orientation for students online? Is it required?

Yes. Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and in consideration of the safety of our students, guests, faculty and staff, Midwestern State University made the decision to cancel our on-campus New Student Orientation Sessions for June and July 2020. All incoming undergraduate students will complete our Online Orientation to satisfy the New Student Orientation requirement. 

My child needs to take the TSI. How does this work?

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a Texas state requirement and is required for entering students who are not otherwise exempt. The MSU Testing Center is open for TSI testing on campus and also offering the TSI test remotely through Examity. To schedule on campus, please call the MSU Testing Center at 940-397-4676. To take the TSI remotely through Examity, the incoming student should email Sheila.barrett@msutexas.edu and include full name, Mustangs ID number, and let her know what sections of the TSI (Reading, Writing and/or Math) are required. 

What is an "Advisor" and why does my child need to be “advised”?

An Academic Counselor or Academic Advisor is a member of the faculty or staff who guides your student in the selection of courses and progress toward degree completion via a degree plan. MSU’s Academic Advising model relies on Academic Counselors assigned to each college who report to college deans to coordinate student progress toward degree. Undecided students are advised through the Tutoring & Academic Support Programs (TASP) Office. Student-athletes work with an Academic Counselor (or faculty advisor) to create a course schedule; once they have done so, they must also meet with the Student-Athletes Academic Coordinator.

For a list of Advising contacts visit the website for Academic Advising

Is the Meningitis Immunization a requirement?

Yes. State law requires Texas college students under the age of 22 to receive a vaccination or booster against bacterial meningitis. The vaccine must be administered within the past five years and at least 10 days before the first day of classes. Step-by-step instructions for submitting documentation are available on our website

We have additional questions. How can we contact MSU?

MSU's Summer Hours are Monday-Thursday from 7am-6pm. You can contact our office by phone at 940-397-6284 or email us at orientation@msutexas.edu for assistance. The MSU Welcome Center, located in the Hardin Administration Building, is also open now for in-person assistance.