Griffon Orientation: New Student Checklist

Below, you will find a variety of tasks that should be completed before you begin classes at Missouri Western. The checklist is designed to help you complete various tasks in order, to ensure that you are ready for your Griffon Orientation session and the start of the semester.

Also, be sure to check your Missouri Western email regularly. Your Missouri Western email is the only account university offices will use to send important updates on financial aid, billing, or unique tasks related to your campus experience. Checking your email regularly will ensure you don’t miss anything.

First Steps: Complete before Griffon Orientation

Your Missouri Western student account is your lifeline as a Griffon. Your account is used to access financial information, pay your bill, register for classes, and so much more. Before completing your online module, it is important that you have access to your Missouri Western student account.

Set up your Goldlink:

  1. Go to the Student Account website.
  2. Click on “Activate your account”
  3. Click on Account Lookup
  4. Enter your information

Missouri Western needs your official transcripts to confirm your enrollment and ensure you are placed in the correct classes. Make sure that you have sent the following to the Office of Admissions.

High school transcript (or HiSET/GED results)

Official ACT results (ACT code: 2344)

  • Send the results directly from your high school or ACT
  • Please note – This step is not required for students age 20 and older; however, placement tests may be required in some subjects

Official college transcripts

  • Send for ALL dual enrollment/dual credit courses taken in high school
  • Transcript must be sent from college/university that credit was granted through

Request that official transcripts be sent to:

Missouri Western State University
Office of Admissions
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64507

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine your eligibility for need-based financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, Access Missouri, federal student loans, federal work study, and Missouri Western competitive scholarships). FAFSA applications are available on Oct. 1 each year. You may complete the FAFSA online at Be sure to indicate that you want your results forwarded to Missouri Western State University, school code 002490.

To enhance academic success, Missouri Western requires first-year students who have not previously attended this University and are taking 9 or more credit hours to reside in University housing their first two semesters unless they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Are living with a parent, grandparent or legal guardian within a 50 mile radius of St Joseph
  • Are 21 years of age by the beginning of the academic year for which they are enrolling
  • Are a military veteran
  • Have completed more than 30 credit hours (not including high school classes taken for college credit)
  • Are married and/or who reside with dependent children

NOTE: Please submit a First-Year Requirement Waiver if you meet any of the exemption criteria. These forms are also available through your Missouri Western student account.

Students need to apply for housing as soon as possible. (Please note that Missouri Western begins accepting housing applications on December 1.) Students will be required to pay a $100 housing deposit when submitting a housing application. No housing deposit waivers are allowed. You can apply for housing by following these instructions:

All first-year students must have either a housing contract or a granted waiver request on file with the Office of Residential Life. Failure to have a granted housing waiver on file will result in a room charge being placed on the student’s account. Click here for additional information about living on campus.

Placement in math and writing courses at Missouri Western is determined by ACT/SAT sub-scores. Depending on your scores, you may be required to take development courses before completing your general education requirements in these areas.

If you have not taken the ACT/SAT, or if you are unsatisfied with your ACT/SAT score placement, we encourage you to consider taking placement exams. Each test is available online, the unique instructions for each exam are available on the Placement Exam website.

In order to finalize your schedule during your advising session, it is very important that these tests are completed prior to your scheduled GO session.

Students with disabilities who encountered barriers to equal access and inclusion while attending high school may encounter similar barriers in the college environment as well. If you are a student with a disability who is anticipating barriers to full participation in our Griffon Orientation program,  contact the Accessibility Resource Center to request accommodations.

Accessibility Resource Center
Missouri Western State University
Campus Location – Blum 234
Email –
Phone – (816) 271-4330

Next Steps: Complete at or before your Griffon Orientation session

Missouri Western State University requires all students to submit a Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire

Students living on campus are required to submit:

  1. Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire AND
  2. Meningococcal Immunization (MCV4 or MPSV4) documentation (given at 16 years of age or older) or if applicablesigned waiver that indicates you have a medical or religious exemption from the meningococcal immunization OR
  3. Other official immunization records from the Health Department, a physician’s office, hospital or school.

Additionally, students who have ever had a positive tuberculin skin test, must submit a physician signed chest x-ray report with their health and immunizations records, prior to move-in to confirm the absence of active disease.

Prior to moving in, all documentation must be submitted by:

  • Mail: Esry Student Health Center, 4525 Downs Drive – Blum Union 203, St. Joseph, MO 64507 OR
  • Fax: (816) 271-4498 OR
  • Email:

If you plan to live on campus, you are required to have a Missouri Western meal plan. On-campus students sign-up for a meal plan through their housing application. If you are living off-campus, we encourage you to consider purchasing a commuter meal plan. Dining on campus is not only convenient, it also provides you an additional opportunity to connect with fellow students over breaks and meal times.

TO PURCHASE A MEAL PLAN, visit or contact the MWSU Business Office, Eder Hall, Room 104 (816.271.4324)

Students will receive an award notification from Missouri Western around the middle of December or as aid is awarded. You may access your information and accept offered awards online through Goldlink.

The U.S. Department of Education uses a process called verification to check the accuracy of student financial aid application data. Most applicants are selected by the Department of Education for verification at random. However, some are selected due to missing or inconsistent information.

If you are selected for verification, Missouri Western will notify you of the documents required to complete the application process. Keep in mind that your application will not be processed until ALL requested documents are submitted to the Financial Aid Office, all discrepancies are resolved and the necessary corrections are submitted to, and processed by, the U.S. Department of Education.

Questions? You will have an opportunity to talk to Financial Aid at your GO session, or contact them here.

You will need your student ID before you move-in or begin classes. You can do this at your orientation session, or you can visit the University Police office in Blum 201 Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Final Steps: Complete before classes begin

Parking is available for both residential and commuter students. You will need to register your car and pick up your parking sticker before classes begin. You can do this online or once you arrive on campus in Blum 201. 

U.S. Bank is proud to be your campus banking partner.

Boost your financial wellness and enter to win a scholarship.*
To help you manage your money throughout your college experience and beyond, U.S. Bank offers financial
resources, webinars and even a scholarship opportunity.

When you visit the Financial IQ Student Center, you can start building smart financial habits and learn more about
the scholarship. Educational videos and interactive tools help improve your money management skills, plus you can
sign up to watch live or previous webinars on budgeting, avoiding student debt, investing and more. And discover
how the short online financial lessons set you up for a chance to win a scholarship.

*Scholarship only available at select times throughout the year.

Banking convenience
Open a U.S. Bank Student Checking Account 1 and link it to your Griffon Card – making it your all-in-one campus ID and
ATM/debit card. We’ve made it convenient for you to manage your money with a great checking account for
students. Learn more about U.S. Bank.

– 2701 South Belt Hwy – 816.364.7337
– 800 North Belt Hwy – 816.364.7207

1. All regular account opening procedures apply. $25 minimum deposit is required to open a U.S. Bank Checking Account. Fees for non-routine transaction may
apply. Deposit products offered by U.S. Bank National Association. Member FDIC. ©2021 U.S. Bank.

Your school chose U.S. Bank to add optional banking functionality to the campus ID card and may receive financial support from U.S. Bank to offset costs
otherwise incurred by the school. Students, faculty, and staff are not required to open an account with U.S. Bank to receive or use the campus ID card for other
campus services.

The Griffon Alert system is designed to enhance and improve communication so that all members of the Missouri Western campus community can stay informed in the event of an emergency or campus closure due to weather. The system is designed for students, staff and faculty only, but each student may add additional emails and phone numbers for family members who wish to receive alerts.

Sign-up for Griffon Alert

Be sure to purchase or rent your textbooks at the Missouri Western Bookstore before classes begin. Professors will expect you to have them on the first day of class, and may even assign reading.

Confused about the book-buying process? Learn more about the bookstore, discounts, applying book vouchers, and more in this presentation, or view this video to see how to order your books online.

First, make sure you read the Residential Life student handbook to learn about the policies and guidelines you will be expected to follow while living on campus. Refer to pages 12-13 in the student handbook for a full list of items you need to leave at home. Some of those items include open-coil cooking appliances, burning candles and incense, portable heaters and flammable liquids.

Next, you’ll want to get in contact with your new roommates. This is important for multiple reasons. If you start chatting with your room and suitemates before Move-in Day, you’ll already form a relationship before you get here. Additionally, you’ll want to be clear on who is bringing what big items for your room. You’ll need to split bringing a television, mini-fridge (5 or fewer cubic feet), microwave, coffee maker, and vacuum.

Griffon Edge is a unique extended orientation course designed to give incoming freshmen and transfer students a head start, or an “edge,” on their Missouri Western experience. The experience offers you an opportunity to get acclimated to campus, learn about navigating college life, and most of all connect with fellow Griffons.  Griffon Edge 2022 takes place August 25th – 28th, learn more on our Griffon Edge website.

Dates to Know:

  • June 9 – Non-Traditional Orientation

  • June 14 – Griffon Orientation – Athletes and Honors

  • June 15 – Griffon Orientation

  • June 16 – Griffon Orientation

  • June  21 – Griffon Orientation

  • June  22 – Griffon Orientation

  • June  23 – Griffon Orientation

  • July 12 – Griffon Orientation

  • July 13 – Griffon Orientation

  • August 25 – 28 – Griffon Edge

  • August 29 – First day of Fall Semester

Useful Links:

Website |(816) 271-4266

Business Office
Website | (816) 271-4324

Campus Dining
Website | (816) 271-4426

Financial Aid
Website | (816) 271-4361

Parking and Security
Website | (816) 271-5666

Residential Life
Website | (816) 383-7100