Distance Learning Orientation

All new undergraduate students are required to attend an orientation session.  For our distance learning students who do not live locally and will be taking distance education courses only, we have provided the following orientation information. (If you will be taking any courses on campus, you must attend a general orientation session.)

As you begin, you may have many questions.  Orientation presents information concerning the important academic choices you will be making as well as services available to you as a student at Midwestern.  The faculty, staff, and students look forward to meeting you this semester. MSU is an exciting, growing university, and we are eager to help you get the best start.

Orientation for our new distance education students is, of course, online. There are three steps that must be completed. 

  1. Complete the Required Orientation Modules.
  2. Review the online resources available for Distance Education students.
  3. Submit the Passcode provided to you by your Academic Advisor.

Step 1: Required Orientation Modules

In order to complete your early orientation online, you must watch the videos in each of two modules and answer the "pop quiz" questions along the way. You must submit correct answers in order to complete the orientation. Click the buttons below to begin. 


Early Orientation Module 1

Early Orientation
Module 1


Early Orientation Module 2 

Early Orientation
Module 2


Step 2: Important Academic Information

Below are links of interest and information which will be vital to your educational journey at MSU.  Please take the time to review each of these sites, or at least, bookmark this page so that you can refer to it later.  


Additional Distance Education Resources


Academic Departments

Money Matters: Financial Aid, Payments & Billing


University Information


 Important Payment Deadlines

 Fall 2015

E Bills sent for Pre-RegistrationAugust 6, 2015
Pre-Registration Tuition and Fees DueAugust 14, 2015
First Day of ClassAugust 22, 2015
12th Class Day *** Void for Non-PaymentSeptember 4, 2015
Installment / ETFL Due DateSeptember 23, 2015
Installment / ETFL Due DateOctober 21, 2015


Spring 2016

E Bills sent for Pre-RegistrationDecember 21, 2015
Pre-Registration Tuition and Fees DueJanuary 8, 2016
First Day of ClassJanuary 16. 2016
12th Class Day *** Void for Non-PaymentFebruary 1, 2016
Installment / ETFL Due DateFebruary 17, 2016
Installment / ETFL Due DateMarch 16, 2016


NOTICE TO DISTANCE EDUCATION STUDENTS:  Some online courses require proctored finals given in college or university testing centers.  These centers frequently charge a fee of $10 - $25 per test.  This fee is not included in your tuition and fees for a course and is an additional expense for which you will be responsible.

Step 3: Passcode

To finish the orientation process and have your orientation hold removed, you must complete a verification form.  Click the bottom of this page to enter the passcode you received an complete the verification form.  Orientation holds will be released within 24 hours after the verification form has been submitted (except on weekends).  Holds are released during business hours/days by the Office of Student Development and Orientation.

For questions about your admission status, please contact MSU Admissions at 940-397-4334 or toll-free 1-800-842-1922.

IMPORTANT:  You will not be allowed to register for classes unless you have cleared your TSI (Texas Success Initiative) status. If you have questions about your TSI status, please contact the Registrar's Office at 940-397-4320.