First Year Experience

Congratulations on getting accepted to Missouri S&T! We hope you enjoyed PRO and Opening Week here on campus. They are created to enhance your success as a student and begin your Rolla experience on the right path to personal and academic success though interactions between new students, faculty, staff, and student leaders. Your success at Missouri S&T is our top priority. Discover how you can get the most out of your first year here as a Miner by following our advice below.


  • Familarize yourself with all the majors we offer on campus.
  • Check out all the scholarship opportunities Missouri S&T offers. Also be sure to talk to your department about available department scholarships.
  • Sign up for a LEAD session.
  • Visit the Math Learning Center for assistance for math courses up through Math 22.
  • Read about time management, and develop a weekly time management plan.
  • Visit the Writing Center for free individualized help with any written work, from English 20 essays to senior design projects. They can even help with personal or creative writing projects.
  • Understand your advisor's role and read other great student resources.
  • Work with your academic advisor on your second semester schedule and to discuss your major/degree plan.
  • Visit the Student Success Center to learn better learning and study strategies. 

Campus Involvement

  • Look for student organizations you want to join, and start thinking about the leadership positions that would be a good fit for you.
  • Browse OrgSync to get more information on the different organizations. 
  • Make an appointment with a Peer Involvement Advisor in Student Life to get individual advising on involvement.  


  • Meet with a Career Opportunites & Employer Relations (COER) Advisor and attend COER workshops.
  • Register with COER on the third floor of Norwood. This must be done every semester.
  • Familiarize yourself with Miner Jobs, an online tool that will help you get connected to summer internships.
  • Participate in the Mentor a Miner program to ask alumni, employers, and faculty advice about determing a major, finding interships/co-ops, and career goals.
  • Create your first resume. Look for an example resume in your COER Student Guide or contact the COER for expert help.
  • Attend the career fair and learn about the companies.
  • Attend employer information sessions to help identify the companies you would like to work for.
  • Read COER's tips and utlized their templates and worksheets.
  • Participate in the COER's Etiquette Dinner to learn sensible strategies on dining and business etiquette
  • Purchase business attire if you don't already own some.

Service Learning\Civil Engagement

Undergraduate Research

  • Talk to your academic advisor during advising sessions about opportunites for research.
  • Contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies to learn about the OURE Program and other exciting research opportunities available at Missouri S&T.