Dr. Patricia White, Director

1000 ASU Drive#900
Alcorn State, MS 39096

Phone: (601) 877-3954
Fax: (601) 877-6229


First Year Experience

Fall 2016 new student orientation


Welcome to Alcorn State University!

You’re about to begin an incredible journey and it’s our goal to help make it the best it can be. We look forward to meeting you at Fall 2016 New Student Orientation which will be held on Thursday, August 18 - Sunday, August 21. Registration for new and transfer students will be held on Friday, August 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.The Opening Session for New Student Orientation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the James L. Bolden Campus Union Ballroom on Thursday, August 18. The Family Picnic/Block Party for new students and parents will be held immediately after the opening session behind the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Facility. Classes will begin on Monday, August 22. 

Orientation is required for ALL students.  At orientation, you will get the opportunity to learn about the campus, meet other new students, talk to faculty and staff, and discover what services are available to you. Orientation is a great time to ask questions, and get a sneak peek of what to expect at ASU before the semester starts. Studies have shown that students who attend orientation have higher college success rates. 

On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration at Alcorn State University, we look forward to joining you as you begin this exciting journey toward a successful future.

Safe travels and let me be the first to welcome you to your new home!

Patricia White
Patricia White, Ed.D.
Director of First and Second Year Experience Program

NOTE: If you did not attend one of the Summer Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) Sessions in June which complements Fall Orientation, please click on the link below to register to have your Fall 2016 Class Schedule completed. Once your form has been successfully submitted, you should receive a thank you for submitting confirmation. 

FALL 2016 Class Registration



Cost of Orientation

A $100 orientation fee is charged to all first-year students to cover the cost of fall orientation activities. It will be included in your fall tuition bill. 

What to Do Prior to Attending Fall 2016 New Student Orientation?

  • First you must be admitted to the university. Office of Admissions and Recruiting Contact Number: 1.800.222.6790 or email for all questions regarding admission to the university.
  • Register online at as soon as possible to have your Fall 2016 Class Schedule completed if you have not already done so (12 hours minimum if you are going to be enrolled full-time).
  • Make sure you have completed your 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the 2016-2017 ASU Financial Aid Application online at, (admissions, financial aid, forms). Financial Aid Contact Number: 601.877.6190 or email

    Note: Please accept your Financial Aid Award and pay your fees prior to coming to orientation to avoid waiting in long lines. Please use the Step-By-Step Registration Tutorial online at to assist you.
  • Make sure you have completed your Housing Application online if you will be living on campus. Housing Contact Number: 601.877.6478 or To apply for housing all new students must complete the following:
    • Admission to University
    • Pay$125.00 Nonrefundable Housing Application Fee at Bursar's Office. Bursar's Contact Numbers: 601.877.6388 / 601.877.2378 or ( .
    • Activate Your Email/Blackboard Account ( ).
      1. Click on the Personal Information tab or link
      2. Select "Activate your Email/Blackboard Account"
      3. Read and Accept the Appropriate Use Policy
      4. Choose a password

Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) Contact Number: 601.877.6182

  • After completion of all of the steps above, use log in credentials to access housing application.
  • Again if you have a completed class schedule, please use the Step-By-Step Registration Guide online at It outlines the steps to accepting your financial aid and paying your fees. It's as easy as 1-2-3!
  • If you complete registration prior to coming to orientation, please bring your confirmation letter verifying that you have completed registration. You will need proof of completed registration for clearance to check into your assigned residence hall. Full registration includes selection of classes and payment of fees by validation of financial aid or processing of other forms of payment (cash, check, or credit card).
  • All students must complete the process in order to be fully registered. After you have completed all of the steps above, the final step is to take your Alcorn State University Gold Card Picture when you arrive on campus. Please bring a Valid Picture ID with you. You will need it to take your ASU Gold Card Picture.  

Moving In

  • All students must present proof of completed registration for clearance to check into his/her assigned residence hall for the fall academic term.
  • Residence Halls will open on Thursday, August 18 at 8:00 a.m. for all NEW Students (Freshmen and Transfer).
  • Report to your assigned residence hall when you arrive on campus if your registration is complete. If registration is not complete, please report immediately to the James L. Bolden Campus Union Multi-Purpose Room to sign in for further directions and to pick up a Registration checklist.  You may also get the Registration checklist online at
  • Review schedule of events for all First Year Students online at Click here for Financial Aid Helpful Tips!

Still Have Questions?

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Submit a question by email to or or call 601.877.6226 or 601.877.3954.

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