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 www.orientation.msstate.edu, and click on either Freshman or Transfer orientation.

Orientation Syllabus

This free four-day course goes over the essentials of being an online student at Mississippi State. This noncredit course should take less than 5 hours to complete, but it is invaluable in assisting you in making the most of your time and efforts as an MSU student.

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


What’s involved?

Class highlights include the following:

#1. Welcome to Online@State Orientation

Students will be introduced to Canvas 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

eLearnReady is a free tool available to predict a student’s ability to succeed in an online environment. Let us know if you have questions about your results. We are here to help students succeed from start to finish!


#3. Library Resources

This overview will familiarize you with the expanse of tools and resources available online. A web hunt is included for some hands-on learning.


#4. Departmental Resources

You will be given information about the specific program you have chosen to study.


So it’s time to get registered

  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 canvas.msstate.edu the day your orientation is scheduled to begin.

Joy Bailey, your course instructor, is ready to answer any questions you might have.

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.

Undergraduate students who have not declared a major at this time should choose "Non Degree Seeking - Undergraduate" in the Planned Program of Study option listed below.

Graduate students who have not declared a major at this time should choose "Unclassified - Graduate" in the Planned Program of Study option listed below.

Please select your planned program of study.
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.