Welcome to the First Year Experience (FYE) at Missouri Western State University! We are thrilled that you are here and look forward to spending this time with you. The FYE is designed to help students prepare for college and to assist family members in understanding their student’s transition. We have created the following programs to help students feel comfortable on our campus.

Griffon Orientation

For the 2020 -2021 Academic year, students will participate in both an online orientation module and a virtual Griffon Orientation session. The module will ensure that you have completed all of the necessary paperwork and steps to enroll at Missouri Western. Then, in June and July you will connect with with us at your live session to meet current students, ask questions, complete advising, and officially enroll in classes. Click here to learn more.


Griffon Edge

In August, you will attend an orientation program called Griffon Edge.  This program occurs the week before classes begin. You will receive a credit hour upon completion. Over 800 incoming students enroll in this class to serve as the first step in their  Griffon journey. Click here to learn more.


Griffon Link

The Griffon Link consists of a variety of interest groups that you can join to make connections with other students who share that interest, hobby, or passion of yours. Each group is led by Link Leaders who will help you connect in group activities as well as one-on-one with other new students.

  • Meet People: The Link is a great way to meet students who share a similar interest, passion, or common experience.
  • Make MWSU Your Home: By attending events, you can make this university feel like a much smaller community. It is our hope that you feel like you truly belong here starting during your very first week at MWSU.
  • Get Involved: If you aren’t quite sure which of the nearly 100 student organizations is right for you, the Griffon Link is a great place to start. You can start to experience what MWSU has to offer by getting involved with a variety of campus activities and making connections with both new and returning students.

Learn more, or sign-up for Griffon Link here.


UNV101: The University Experience

The University Experience introduces you to the intellectual life at the University and seeks to prepare you for academic success. This class provides a rigorous and engaging academic experience and will connect you with the programs and people most closely aligned with your career goals. Click here to learn more.