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Tips and Advice

Student success

Remind your student that attending class and keeping up with assignments are keys to academic success. Encourage your student to participate in class and meet with instructors during office hours.

Time management

Assure your student that feeling overwhelmed is normal for new college students. Encourage your student to build a time-management schedule.


Discuss budget planning with your student so financial issues do not interfere with academics.


Offer encouragement and support to your student as stressful final projects, tests and deadlines approach. If your student seems anxious or depressed or expresses feelings of hopelessness, recommend an appointment with the MU Counseling Center.

Housing and responsibility

If your student is planning to live off campus, discuss how study habits, finances and other responsibilities may change.


The Wellness Resource Center plans ongoing activities and events that support various wellness issues such as alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse, nutrition, body image, stress reduction, depression, as well as problem gambling prevention, and safe driving issues.

Talk with your student about the importance of a healthy diet, adequate sleep and relaxation. Recommend regular exercise at the Student Recreation Complex and visits to the Student Health Center.


Suggest that your student get involved with volunteer opportunities that can add to the college experience and provide a larger view of the world.

Career planning

Be supportive of your student’s options for the best career path. Remind him or her to check for career fairs and events.


If your student works part time on or off campus, communicate the importance of balancing work and social activities.

Better breaks

While at home during a break, your student may express some loneliness for college friends. Encourage your student to stay in touch and reconnect with friends from home.

Summer plans

Discuss study-abroad programs, internships, employment and summer courses. Encourage a visit to

Family harmony

If your student is returning home during a break, discuss your expectations in advance.

Registration and myZou

The Office of the University Registrar has complete information on registration and myZou.

University housing

Visit the Residential Life site for housing rates, move-in day tips, safety info and resources for MU parents.

Care packages

Mail is delivered to the residence halls Monday through Saturday, except on holidays. When a package arrives, the recipient is notified through Mizzou email and can then pick up the package at the front desk.

Care packages are now available for purchase through The Mizzou Store!

Fee payment

Visit the Office of Cashiers for complete and up-to-date fees and fee payment information.

Certificate of enrollment

Students may obtain certificates of enrollment for insurance providers or other parties in person or online though the Office of the University Registrar in Jesse Hall.

Academic assistance

The Student Success Center is home to Academic Exploration and Advising Services, Academic Retention Services, the Career Center and the Learning Center. There students can help with tutoring, academic and career transitions, employment and/or admission to graduate schools.


See the immunization information on the Student Health Center site.

Illnesses after hours

The Student Health Center closes at 5 p.m. After hours, students may call 573-882-7481 to talk with a nurse. There is no charge for the after-hours nurse service; however, students must pay for medical services outside of SHC. The pre-paid health fee does not cover emergency or urgent care. For emergencies, students should call 911.


There are no excused absences. Your student should inform the instructor about absences due to illness, make alternative arrangements and provide a doctor’s note. For long absences, the student or parent should contact Student Affairs at 573-882-6776.

Living off campus

The Wellness Resource Center provides students with assistance in locating

Jobs for students

Encourage your student to visit the Career Center for help with employment and career development. Information about work-study positions is available through the Financial Aid office.

Graduation ceremony

MU Commencement is held in May and December. Details about your student’s ceremony will depend on her or his academic college. Please visit the Commencement page for more information.

Checking grades online

Students may view and print their grade reports on myZou. The University of Missouri will disclose information from education records to parents only with the written consent of the student.

Graduation materials

The Mizzou Store is the primary contact for your orders of announcements, caps, gowns and other graduation materials.

Stress, anxiety and depression

Encourage your student to contact the MU Counseling Center for help with emotional problems.