Griffon Orientation


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there a fee for GO?
The student fee is included in tuition & fees. The student cost for GO is $60.00 and is billed to your University account as soon as you register for classes. This cost can be covered by financial aid. There is no cost for guests.

2. Must my parent/guardian attend GO?
Families are strongly encouraged to attend, but not required. Families have a special schedule that informs them of policies, procedures, and how to help their students be successful.
3. I have secured a space for my family already, and now one or both of them are unable to attend.
No problem. You do not pay for any guests to attend the program, so we will simply remove them from our attendance list.

4. When does GO begin?
Start times depend on whether you need to take placement exams or not. Please check out the GO Agenda page to see when placement exams begin. For any student not taking a placement exam, your check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

5. Do I need a placement examination?
You will be told if you qualify for placement exams when you sign up for GO. You will also receive email reminders.
6. When will GO end?
Our program ends at 5:00 p.m. You are required to attend the entire program. Please see the program agendas for more information about sessions.
7. Do I need to stay for the entire program?
Yes, each participant is required to attend the entire program. It is important to participate in all sessions to gain a greater understanding of Missouri Western and how you will fit in our Missouri Western family.

8. What do I need to bring with me?
You should bring the following items:
  • An official photo identification card (Driver’s License or State Identification Card)
  • License plate number of the vehicle you plan to bring to campus (so that you may register your vehicle)
  • Official transcripts of all dual credit courses taken (courses taken in high school for college credit)
  • Documentation of external scholarships you are receiving
  • If living on campus, updated immunization records (if not already submitted)
9. Must I make full payment for my classes at GO?
No, however, payment arrangements should be made. Please contact the Western Business Office at (816) 271-4324 or at for additional details.

10. I’m expecting financial assistance to cover my educational cost, what should I do?
You should be sure that your financial aid file is complete. If you have questions about your financial aid options, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (816) 271-4361 or at Remember to bring copies of any scholarship award letters you have not submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.

11. What do I to prepare for Missouri Western after attending GO?
We'd encourage you to review our Next Steps page.