Next Steps – Student Checklist
Incoming Student Checklist
Step 1 – Choose Your Summer Session Now!
Complete your online Pre-Orientation materials and choose your Summer Orientation Session Preference NOW.
Orientation is required of all first-year students and offers you many opportunities!
- Meet other first-year students
- Work with faculty and academic advisors on your fall semester course schedule
- Become familiar with the residential living facilities, and much more!
We encourage you to complete the Pre-Orientation materials and communicate your Summer Orientation session preference by May 1, as Orientation sessions will fill quickly. Please note that the availability of courses will be the same for each session. Attending a later session will not place students at a disadvantage for enrollment.
IMPORTANT: To secure your place in the freshman class you need to submit your housing application and deposit/fee by May 1.
You can submit your Summer Orientation session preferences and complete the Pre-Orientation materials through TruView. If you have any questions or problems while completing your Pre-Orientation materials, please contact the Office of Admission at 660-785-4114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2 – Complete Online Materials on TruView
Please note, these items must be completed a minimum of two weeks before your assigned Summer Orientation session. Students who complete the materials on time will be sent course recommendations electronically to review approximately two business days prior to their orientation session. For assistance, reference the TruView Login Instructions.
Housing Application – Return the Residence Hall Placement Application and the $150 housing deposit if you have not already done so. The application was enclosed in your acceptance packet and can also be submitted online through TruView. Roommate requests can only be accommodated through May 1. Students who submit the housing application and fee will receive information regarding their first-year residence hall room assignments prior to their orientation session.
- If you cancel your application in writing prior to May 1, $125 of the application fee will be refunded. The remaining $25 is a non-refundable processing fee.
Pre-Orientation Questionnaire – The information you provide on the questionnaire will assist us in recommending courses for your first semester schedule.
- It allows you to declare a major and/or academic area of interest.
- You will also be asked to indicate any college coursework already completed through dual enrollment, AP credit, IB credit, etc.
Mathematics Placement Exam – The results of this test and your ACT or SAT math sub-score will help us recommend the appropriate math course for you. This exam is for placement only and is not used to award college credit. For questions regarding mathematics placement, please visit the Pre-Orientation FAQ for Mathematics.
Foreign Language Placement Exam – If you have studied Spanish, French, German, or Latin you will need to complete this exam. Your foreign language placement will be based on your placement exam score and previous coursework.
Your score on your language placement exam can earn you Truman credit. If you successfully complete the course you placed into, you will receive credit for the courses you skipped. See below.
If you place into, you will receive credit for:
Elementary II: Elementary I of the same language
Intermediate I: Elementary I and Elementary II of the same language
Intermediate II or above: Elementary I, Elementary II, and Intermediate I of the same language
To earn credit, you must:
- Earn a grade of a C or better in the course you were placed into on your first attempt;
- Start the language at your placement level;
- Not have earned credit for the courses through transfer or credit by examination (AP, CLEP, IB);
- Start Truman summer 2012 or later.
For questions regarding foreign language placement, please visit the Pre-Orientation FAQ for Foreign Language.
Communication Placement Exam – If you plan on being a Communication major or feel you have the appropriate background to test out of COMM 170 (Public Speaking) please take this exam. This exam is for placement only and is not used to award college credit. For questions regarding communication placement, please visit the Pre-Orientation FAQ for Communication.
Student Organization Form – Completing this form will facilitate contact with the Truman student organizations you select. Submitting this form is encouraged but not required.
Step 3 – Complete and Return Important Materials
Please complete the following items prior to your arrival for the semester.
Financial Aid – In order to be considered for federal financial aid programs, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, and Truman’s Title IV code is 002495. Many forms of financial aid are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Truman begins sending financial aid award letters in late March to students who file the FAFSA. Included with the letter, recipients will be instructed to accept their awards online through TruView. Instructions can also be found on the Financial Aid Office website. This website also provides places to:
- report receipt of private scholarships
- apply for a Direct Loan
- Fill out a Special Conditions Form
If you have questions about financial aid opportunities, please feel free to contact Truman’s Financial Aid Office at 660-785-4130 or visit their website at financialaid.truman.edu.
Scholarship Notification – If you qualify for an automatic academic scholarship, the award should be referenced in the letter that accompanied your acceptance packet of information. Competitive scholarship recipients are notified by mail, generally by late March. The application for admission serves as the competitive scholarship application – there is no separate application!
Payment Arrangements – In order to hold residence hall space and a place in the freshman class, a $200 down payment on tuition is due by July 1. Fee payment information will be sent to new students beginning in April. This payment is fully refundable up until the start of fall semester classes if you should cancel your admission to Truman.
Health & Immunization History – In order to better protect the health and well-being of our student community, you are asked to complete a Health History form and to provide documentation of immunization prior to your arrival for your first semester.
- The necessary forms are included in your Pre-Orientation packet. Please return the completed forms to Truman’s Student Health Clinic prior to July 1.
Final Transcripts – Official copies of your final transcripts from high school and any colleges you have attended or have received credit from must be sent to the Admission Office prior to the start of your first semester.
- You may use the printable High School Transcript Request to conveniently notify your high school that your final transcript must be sent to the Office of Admission at Truman. Please ensure that your final high school transcript includes your Spring 2014 grades.
- If you have earned credit through another college or university, regulations require that you inform Truman about all college coursework previously earned or in progress.
- Your transcripts should be sent to Truman once all of your grades have been posted. Please forward the College/University Transcript Request Form to the institution granting credit. This form should not be used to report credit earned through AP, IB, or CLEP exams. Please contact the appropriate testing agency to have official score reports sent to Truman’s Registrar. Truman State University’s CEEB code is 6483.
Vehicle Registration – Information will be mailed to our new students regarding vehicle registration for having a car on campus. Vehicle registration can be completed online only after July 1. It is $130 for a parking decal and the decal will be in the packet that you will receive at your residence hall on Move-In Day in August.