Visit MU and Your Degree Program Prior to Enrolling
We encourage you to visit before you enroll.
Many of our academic programs hold visit weekends in the spring before the acceptance-of-offer deadline.
If you have not received information about visiting your degree program, ask the program’s director of graduate studies.
Seek Extra Financial Support
- If you are seeking federal loans, complete a FAFSA form by February 1 for priority consideration.
- Contact your academic degree program about assistantships and other funding.
- Follow up on financial support and informational tips.
- Search campus-wide employment listings. You’ll need your username and password to log in.
- Review the information about seeking funding from the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Inform Your Degree Program that You Officially Accept the Offer of Admission
Contact the degree program as soon as possible to inform them if you have decided to enroll or decline admission.
This assures other talented students may be admitted if you decline.
As a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, prospective students who have been offered financial support have until April 15 to finalize acceptance of financial support offers. No University should put pressure on accepted students to accept an offer of financial support prior to the April 15 deadline.
Contact the Graduate School if you experience any undue pressure to accept a financial offer prior to the deadline.
We recommend that you start looking for a place to live as early as possible after being admitted. Waiting until July or August will make it difficult to find suitable housing. Visit our Housing in Columbia page to learn more about off-campus as well as on-campus housing options and resources for graduate students.Housing in Columbia
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Help Your Spouse, Partner, or Significant Other Find a Job
University employment databases contain job postings for faculty and staff, health-related professions, and students. Faculty and staff positions may be available at six other nearby universities and colleges. Local job postings may be found on the city’s HR site or in the Columbia Daily Tribune and the Missourian. The state capitol is only a half hour’s drive and provides additional state and federal job opportunities. See the State of Missouri and federal government sites for their job search engines.
Obtain a Student ID Card (TigerCard)
The TigerCard is used for meal plans, checking out library books, charging or debiting University purchases to your University account and more.
Explore Graduate Student Health Insurance Options
Graduate students should enroll in a health insurance plan.
If you qualify for an insurance subsidy and have questions, contact coordinator Karen Gruen or visit 210 Jesse Hall.
Insurance for children and spouses is also available. Fees are paid by semester.
Find the Textbooks You’ll Need for Classes
Textbooks can be purchased at the University Bookstore, ordered online, or purchased from retail vendors.
To locate required texts, go to the online locator and search by course and semester. If you have a qualifying assistantship, you may be eligible for a 10% discount on many items in the bookstore.
Graduate Teaching Orientation (GTO)
The Graduate School provides Graduate Teaching Orientation (GTO) to help prepare graduate students to teach at the University of Missouri (MU). It is required that graduate students complete GTO prior to teaching at MU for the first time. If you plan to teach at MU, Teaching Orientation is offered two times per year, in August and January the week prior to the start of the semester.
Registration is required. Register for GTO by August 10, 2023.
Students who are veterans can learn about benefits or can visit in the Student Veterans Resource & Support Center on campus.
There you can receive G.I. Bill information and certification for eligible veterans, dependents, and vocational rehabilitation veterans. The office also furnishes information on military service educational assistance programs.