Frequently Asked Questions

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What is orientation?

The college experience at Murray State begins with Summer Orientation. All new incoming freshmen and transfer students are expected to attend one of the eight one-day sessions available. Summer O has been designed to assist you in developing an understanding about the transition you will make to your collegiate environment and to enhance your success in college.

For out incoming freshman, attending orientation will be your earliest chance to register for fall classes. If you do not attend a Summer O session, you are not allowed to sign up for classes until after the last orientation session occurs.

For our transfer students, we encourage you to contact your academic advisor before you attend an orientation session and schedule your classes as soon as possible.

Who may attend?

All new incoming freshmen and transfer students who have been admitted for the Fall 2016 semester are eligible to attend Summer O. Parents, spouses, and guests are also able to attend and will go through a separate orientation.

What if I am an Active Duty/Veteran student or an adult student that is 23 years of age or older?

We have an orientation session specifically for you. Please contact Alison Marshall, our Veteran and Adult Student Liaison at 270-809-5796 or email at

If I am a transfer student, do I have to attend Summer O?

Transfer students are required to attend Summer O; however, we encourage you to contact your academic advisor before you attend your orientation session to create your class schedule for the fall semester as soon as possible.

Am I required to stay throughout the entire program?

Yes, students must participate throughout the entire day to register for classes. Students who arrive late or leave early will be required to reschedule for another date.

What should I bring?

The program itself is very informal. You should bring:

  • Cool, comfortable clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Umbrella if rain is predicted

If you plan to take placement tests, you should bring the latest copy of your ACT scores as the Office of Admissions may not have received your latest scores.

Is there a cost to attend orientation?

Yes, the orientation fee is $130. This fee covers all costs for the student and any parent(s) or guest(s). This fee is required at the time you make your reservation. You can pay online with either a credit or debit card. If you do not have access to this, please call the Office of Recruitment for assistance at 800-272-4678 ext 2.

Is there an orientation program for my parents?

Yes, orientation to college is as important to parents as it is to students. That is why we have designed an orientation program for parents which coincide with the students' schedule. Parents will be with their student at the beginning of the day and then parents will be in sessions designed to address their questions and concerns.

Are special accommodations available for individuals with disabilities?

Yes, if you or someone attending with you has a disability which requires special accommodations for full participation in the orientation program, please call the Office of Disability Services at 270-809-5737.

What if I need to arrive early?

All of the Summer Orientation programs are one day and do not require an overnight stay. However, if you are driving a long distance you may choose to come the night before. On the Summer O website, there is a link to hotel information under "Accommodations". If you have any questions about these hotels or other possible accommodations, please feel free to call the Office of Recruitment at 800-272-4678 ext 2.

Will I pay my fall tuition during Orientation?

No, your tuition and fees bill will be mailed to you around mid-July if you have already attended orientation by that time. If you attend one of the later programs, your bill will be emailed a few days after that session. Please make a payment by the date shown on the bill to avoid your class schedule being cancelled. If you have any questions regarding billing, Bursar's Office personnel will be available during orientation, or you may call them at 800-272-4678 ext. 5.

What is the Honors College?

The Murray State Honors College is designed to enrich the educational experience of highly motivated students by increasing the opportunity for interacting with outstanding faculty, both in small class settings such as Honors seminars, and in ongoing research experiences. The Honors College emphasizes enriched versions of the university studies requirements during the freshman and sophomore years. On the junior and senior levels, it supplements the specialized course work with individual study and research. Students must possess an ACT score of 28 or above, or a 3.5 GPA, or be in the top 10% of your graduating HS class and complete a separate application for admission to the Honors College. For more information visit their website at or call at 270-809-3166.

Are placement tests involved in orientation?

Pelase see our testing page.

What is your refund policy?

All Summer Orientation fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.However, if you have a scheduling conflict you can change the date of your Summer O session.

What if I need to change my date of Summer Orientation?

To change your date, you may log in to your MyGate account, access your Summer Orientation registration and change your date. Please note that you can only change your date to one that is available. If you need assistance, call the Office of Recruitment at 800-272-4678 ext 2.

What if I have other questions?

Call the Office of Recruitment at 800-272-4678 ext 2.  For specific questions regarding Summer Orientation, ask for Mallory LaPlant or email