Online@State Orientation

Online@State Orientation is for distance students. If you are a main campus student looking for virtual orientation registration, please go to, and click on either Freshman or Transfer orientation.

Orientation Syllabus

The Center for Distance Education is pleased to offer the non-credit Online@State Orientation class which is available to all new undergraduate and graduate students entering online degree programs. This four-day course takes less than five hours to complete and can be completed during your free time. It is not necessary to log in during a specific time of day, but students are encouraged to log in each day.

Undergraduate students must complete this course in order to be released to register for classes.

Orientation Class Highlights

#1. Welcome to Online@State Orientation

Students will be introduced to myCourses while teaching them about Mississippi State University. Just as in traditional courses, they will have the opportunity to introduce themselves, learn about the Honor Code and Student Services, and take a syllabus quiz.

#2. Online Learning Readiness

Students will have the opportunity to take the eLearnReady learning readiness indicator. This is a web-based diagnostic tool that indicates the degree to which an individual student possesses attributes, skills and knowledge that contribute to success in online learning.

#3. Library Resources

The library has many resources available for online students and provides a web hunt for students to familiarize themselves with library resources.

#4. Departmental Resources

Distance programs provide students with program-specific information.


  1. Set up your Microsoft 365 account.
  2. Submit the registration form below.
  3. Check your Microsoft 365 account for a confirmation email.
  4. Access the day your orientation is scheduled to begin.

Contact Joy Bailey at with any questions you may have regarding Online@State Orientation.

Please provide your first name.
Please provide your last name.
Please provide your NetID.
Please select your dates of orientation.
MSU 9-digit identification number.
Please select a semester.
Please select a year.

After registering, a confirmation email and further instructions regarding orientation will be sent to your MSU Microsoft 365 email address.