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Admitted Students

Once you've been admitted, we know you will be eager to take the next steps toward starting your graduate education. International students have additional requirements to meet before coming to MU.

Visit MU and your degree program prior to enrolling

Many of our academic programs hold visit weekends in the spring before the acceptance-of-offer deadline. If you have not received information about visiting your degree program, ask the director of graduate studies. Visiting campus is optional, but strongly encouraged.

Seek extra financial support

Inform your degree program that you officially accept the offer of admission

Contact the degree program as soon as possible to inform them if you have decided to enroll or decline admission. This assures that other talented students may be admitted if you decline. As a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, prospective students have until April 15 to finalize acceptance of financial support offers.

Locate appropriate housing

We recommend that you start looking for a place to live as early as possible. It is difficult to find suitable housing in August, so begin your search in May or June.

Activate your MU account

Memorize your user name and password — they allow you to register for classes, request transcripts online, check grades, access email and more.

Register for courses

Contact your academic adviser to discuss course registration. Your academic program may require you to consult with your adviser before you register for classes. Consult your academic program before registering for courses. After you have determined your program’s registration requirements, please check the registration dates.

Learn about school or daycare options (if needed)

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce lists schooling and daycare options in Columbia.

Help your spouse or significant other find a job

Columbia offers a range of job opportunities both on and off campus. University employment databases contain job postings for faculty and staff, health related professions and students.  Other faculty and staff positions are available at six other local universities and colleges.  Local job postings may be found on the city’s HR site or in the Columbia Daily Tribune and the Missourian. The state capitol is only a half hour’s drive and provides additional state and federal job opportunities.  See the State of Missouri and federal government sites for their job search engines. 

Obtain a student ID card (TigerCard)

The TigerCard is used for meal plans, checking out library books, charging or debiting university purchases to your university account and more. You can get your card at the MU Bookstore in the MU Student Center as soon as you're officially enrolled as a student.

Confirm that you have all required immunizations

Make sure you meet all medical requirements to ensure you can enroll at MU.

Consider transportation options

Explore graduate student health insurance options

Graduate students should enroll in a health insurance plan. Investigate MU's insurance requirements and insurance plan. Find out if you qualify for a subsidy to help offset costs. Enroll in MU's student health insurance program by calling the cashier's office at 573-882-3097.

Graduate students with a half-time assistantship (20 hours per week) are eligible for a subsidy. However, subsidies are not automatic. In order to activate a qualified health insurance subsidy, contact coordinator Karen Gruen or visit 210 Jesse Hall.

Insurance for children and spouses is also available. Fees are paid by year or semester.

Visit TigerTech for hardware and software needs

TigerTech is part of the University Bookstore, and many of its deals can be accessed online. To see a list of software with prices, click the “Site License Software” link and input your user name and password.

Find the textbooks you'll need for classes

Textbooks can be purchased at the University Bookstore, ordered online or purchased from retail vendors. To locate required texts, go to the online locator and search by course and semester.

Access your bill online

The MU Cashier's office allows you to view and pay your bill online.

Attend Graduate Student Orientation

The Graduate Student Orientation for all new students occurs the week before classes each fall.

Graduate Teaching Assistants' Orientation

If you plan to teach at MU, Teaching Orientation is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. It is held the week before classes begin. Register online or walk-in registration is available. International Teaching Assistants are required to attend a specialized session called ONITA

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