Summer Orientation


Summer Orientation focuses on the nuts and bolts of class selection and getting comfortable with the Millsaps College environment. You'll attend one of our four two-day sessions dedicated to ironing out class selection and other academic preparation details. These sessions prepare you for the classes you'll be taking during your first semester. You'll work in small groups and one-on-one with academic advisors to select classes. 

  • June 16–17—Completed session.
  • June 23–24Completed session.
  • June 30–July 1Completed session.
  • July 14–15Completed session.

Late Freshmen and Transfer Students

  • August 18—Completed session.

International Students

  • August 15–18—Completed session.

Keep in mind that Summer Orientation is also home to Parent and Family Orientation. As you prepare for the academic programs on our campus, your parents and family will be given an overview of what to expect during your four years at Millsaps. Students will stay in one of our residence halls during orientation, while parents and family members will need to reserve a hotel room in the area.


Student Orientation Schedule

Want to know what is happening at Summer Orientation? See the schedule for:



Parent and Family Orientation

Summer Orientation for parents and family runs concurrent with your student's orientation sessions. Parents have the opportunity to attend information sessions hosted by Residence Life, Financial Aid, Campus Safety, Parent Relations, and numerous other campus offices. Further, parents will connect with other first year parents, faculty, staff, and key administrators through a variety of social and academic programs.

We recognize that this is a transitional time for the entire family. Whether this is your first student attending a higher education institution, or your last, we will work to support you and your student so that they will succeed at Millsaps.

See the 2017 Parent and Family Schedule.


Preparing for Orientation

You will meet with your Summer Academic Advisor and register for fall classes during orientation. To prepare for this academic advising session, please complete the following steps within two weeks of attending orientation:

STEP 1 – Send any official dual enrollment transcripts to Millsaps College Admissions Department. To do this, you will need to contact the college or university that you attended to have an official transcript sent. Questions regarding this process can be directed to our Director of Enrollment Operations, Tammy Champion.

STEP 2 – Complete any necessary non-native language placement tests. If you have taken 3 or more French, Latin, or Spanish courses in the past, take the appropriate language placement test (links below). Be sure to read the directions carefully before beginning the test.

Directions: Once you log in you will have limited time to take the exam. You may only take the exam once. Be sure to hit the "Finish" and "Confirm Finish" buttons after taking the exam. Once your score is tabulated, you will receive an email with your language placement.

Placement tests:

If you have any questions or concerns about academic advising, please feel free to contact Academic Advising and Student Support via email,, or phone, 601.974.1123.


What to Bring to Orientation

During Summer Orientation students only stay on-campus in the residence halls. For students arriving the evening before their scheduled session early arrival housing is available. All first-year students stay the evening between their two days. Evening social programming is provided so that students are able to meet their future classmates. 

  • For all early arrivals (before 8am on Friday), food will not be provided, please bring cash for food. 
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes (casual)—it’s Mississippi, so it will be warm! Please pack clothing that will keep you comfortable for your visit.
  • Linens, pillows, towels, and toiletries for on-campus stay. 
  • Any academic information that you have not sent into the College.
  • Health / immunization forms.
  • Any important financial documentation you may have been asked to bring.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is orientation? 

The college experience at Millsaps College begins with Summer Orientation and Registration. All new incoming first year students are expected to attend one of the four two-day sessions available. Orientation has been designed to assist you in developing an understanding about the transition you will make to your collegiate environment and to enhance your success in college. 

For all incoming students, attending orientation will be your earliest chance to register for fall classes. If you do not attend a summer session, you are not allowed to sign up for classes until the last orientation session on Move-In Day, August 18, 2017. 

For our transfer students, we encourage you to contact the Registrar’s Office before you attend an orientation session and schedule your classes as soon as possible. 

Who may attend? 

All new, students who have been admitted for the fall 2017 semester are eligible to attend summer orientation. Parents, spouses, and family are also able to attend and will go through a separate orientation. Register here. 

Am I required to stay for the whole program? 

Yes, students must participate throughout the entire session to register for classes. Students who arrive late or leave early will be required to reschedule for another date. We promise, this will be an enjoyable experience! 

What about parents and families? Is this mandatory for us? 

Parent and family attendance is OPTIONAL. We would love for you to join your student at orientation, and we will have a program prepared just for you, but it is not required of our students’ parents or family members.


Orientation Staff

Professional Staff

Will Takewell, MEd, Director of Campus Life 
Phone: 601.974.1200 | Email: 
All schedule questions and registration questions for summer orientation. 

Jessica Fitzpatrick, MA, Coordinator of Campus Life
Phone: 601.974.1200 | Email: 
All questions related to transfer student orientation—August 18, 2017 

Dr. Melissa Lea, Assistant Dean for Academic Advising and Student Support 
Phone: 601.974.1755 | Email: 
All issues and questions related to academic advising and course registration. 

Student Staff 

Gracey Belote, Class of 2018, Foundations Director 

Casey Park, Class of 2018, Foundations Director

Anna Sit, Class of 2018, Foundations Director

Nigel Stinson, Class of 2018, Foundations Director