Class of FREEDOM

Here’s everything you need to know to get started at Missouri Western!

Griffon Edge
On-Campus Living
Welcome Week


Griffon Edge is a one-credit-hour course that takes place before classes officially begin in the fall semester. It was created to give incoming freshmen students a head start, or an “edge,” on their Missouri Western experience. Your summer orientation experience is designed to prepare you to step foot on campus, but Griffon Edge is designed to help you soar. 

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Housing and Residence Life offers you more than just a place to study and sleep. This is your campus home, designed to help you grow in all aspects of your life. Our goal is to be a living and learning community where you make lifelong friends, discover new interests and find your place.

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Welcome Week, hosted the first week of classes of the fall semester, features a variety of events and experiences you can participate in throughout the week. 

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You can find your textbooks by entering your course schedule information into the Missouri Western Bookstore website. The website will indicate the correct edition of the textbook and let you know if the book is recommended or required. The Missouri Western Bookstore offers new, used and rental textbooks where available.

First, be sure to register your vehicle. Parking is open on campus, so you are able to park in any parking space that is not marked as accessible parking, for visitors, or reserved spaces. These spaces will all be marked with signage. Be sure to display a current parking decal (permit) on the outside of the vehicle on the lower passenger side rear window.

First, check your Missouri Western email and Canvas for any important announcements from your professors. You can also read your syllabus on Canvas, which may outline specific items the professor wants you to have. Generally speaking, be sure to bring the tools you prefer to take notes with and your textbook. Don’t count on the first day being a no-work day; it’s common to dive into classwork on day one.

There are a lot of ways to find out about events on campus, including taking a look at the Campus Events calendar. During the first week of classes, you’ll also want to stay tuned to the Griffon Activity Programming (GAP) Instagram page for information on Welcome Week activities!