University of Mississippi
Office of International Programs




orientation students watching a presentationAll new international students are required to attend the New International Student Orientation on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 9 am – 12 noon in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. Orientation will provide you with important university and immigration-related information to help get you through the first busy days of registration and on into the semester.

All international undergraduate degree-seeking students will also be required to attend the university’s domestic freshman orientation on Thursday, January 16 – Friday, January 17. This will be a very informative two days that will explain the culture of Ole Miss and how to take care of all your needs as a first year student. You will also have your academic advising appointment during this orientation. The fee is $80 per student and will be paid at the time of registering for orientation. To register, please visit your MyOleMiss account and select “International Student Orientation”. Attendance is required to lift your “international hold” and to register for courses!

Graduate degree-seeking students are encouraged to attend the Graduate School orientation on Thursday, January 16. Time and location to be determined. This orientation will explain things such as class/professor expectations, assistantships, etc. You will also set up an advising appointment, if you haven’t already. There is no fee or hold associated with this orientation.

The orientation guide for 2012-2013 can be found here. Presentations that were covered in the Fall 2013 orientation can be found in the Forms Section of our website.

Orientation will also give you opportunities to make new friends, and to identify and become acquainted with the university faculty and staff. You will increase your awareness of, and access to, many University/Oxford community resources. During Orientation you will have opportunities to ask questions and receive information about University academics, student life programs and their resources, and course registration procedures. You will also learn about mandatory health insurance, on-campus employment, immigration law, and other U.S. laws and customs which are important to your studies, and to your stay in the United States.



All admitted incoming international students must check-in and attend one of the special orientation sessions held once at the beginning of each spring and fall semesters. Students may check-in when they arrive or on the day of orientation. This process consists of the OIP obtaining copies of your 1-20 form or DS-2019, passport photo page, Visa, and I-94. Additionally, all students should complete a personal information sheet. Orientation takes place over set dates during the academic year during which students are introduced to the campus and afforded the opportunity to register for classes. During orientation students may become familiarized with various student services, organizations, classroom settings, and other tips for a successful Ole Miss experience. It is required that all entering students attend orientation. The following tasks should be completed during orientation:

  • UM Student IDs – Students will obtain their UM Student identification cards. These cards are very important as they are used when accessing and using most university and student services – you will need a student ID when using the J.D. Williams Library, student meal plans, the Turner Center Fitness Center, and other students tasks.
  • UM Student Number – All admitted students will receive a UM student number. This number is used to identify you as a student and will frequently be asked of you when looking up your student information such as grades, account balances, and financial aid information. Some professors may ask you for this number on examination days.
  • Online Services – New students are assigned a Webmail Login ID and password. This login ID and password is used to access your student email account and Online Services information. The Online Services website is where students go to access their grades, class schedule, account information, and other student information. Professors and instructors frequently use Blackboard to communicate with their students in posting grades, assignments, and notes.
  • Class Registration – Registration is completed via the online services site. It is not possible for new students to register until they have checked in with the Office of International Programs and completed the required tasks. Prior to registering for classes, you should speak with your advisor to be sure that you are completing your degree requirements in the proper order. Undergraduates, for example, will not be allowed to register for a certain class that requires completion of a prerequisite. Graduate programs and undergrad programs vary in procedures. While first semester law students are automatically registered for classes, undergraduates are responsible for selecting their own courses. These factors vary among degrees. In any event, it is best to speak with your advisor first. After you complete your schedule via the online services site, it may be saved and viewed under the link ‘My Student Information.’