ACADEMIC SUCCESS PROGRAMS

Mizzou provides award-winning living and learning programs designed to support your ambitions and success. Many former students will tell you that living in the halls helped them become the Tigers they are today. Here are just a few of the programs that contribute to the unique and welcoming on-campus living experience.

We care about your success

Students who live in our residence halls are more likely to stay in school and graduate in four years.
 

 

Freshman interest groups

Freshman interest groups (FIGs) comprise 15-20 first-year students who live near each other and enroll in a few general education classes together. By joining a FIG, you are not only living and learning with students who share your interest and your major, but you are also gaining a built-in study group.

Open the links below to see the FIGs offered by theme.

  • Animal Science
    Learn to perfect your résumé, plan your undergraduate years and navigate your way to a degree in animal science. Learn more about career paths in the field and what you can do with your love for the animal kingdom. Learn more about the Division of Animal Sciences.
  • Natural Resources
    Explores various fields and career options within natural resources. Grow professionally through interaction with practitioners and résumé building, discussion of topical issues, and hands-on field trips. Meet peers, faculty and staff in the MU Natural Resources program. Learn more about the School of Natural Resources.
  • Storm Chasers
    Learn more about weather, weather-related careers and how to reach your future goals. Learn about the technology used in forecasting weather, meteorology-related opportunities available to you at Mizzou, and how to succeed as a student. Learn more about the School of Natural Resources.
  • Art & Art History
    Develop skills, explore new mediums and learn how past artists have shaped our world. Learn how art relates to your education at MU by meeting faculty, learning about campus resources, getting to know the local art scene and developing a peer group of creative thinkers. Learn more about the School of Visual Studies.
  • Film & Digital Storytelling
    Become acquainted with the dynamic moving image culture at Mizzou and in downtown Columbia. Meet the faculty, visit the local cinema, and even have a chance to make your own short film. Learn more about the School of Visual Studies.
  • Accounting
    Gain insight into how to succeed in the Trulaske College of Business. Learn time management, interview skills, professional development and how to develop a great résumé, as well as hear tips and tricks from School of Accounting faculty and students. Learn more about the School of Accountancy.
  • Exploring Business
    Everything business, from international business to business technology. Learn valuable skills on how to thrive in the Truslake College of Business, interact with local businesses and learn how to work in a team. Start your first year by getting a head start on preparing for your career. Learn more about the College of Business.
  • Sports Management
    Meet new people and learn about careers in the sports world. Explore different areas of sports management through discussions, activities and access to an SEC athletic department. Gain the tools you need to succeed in sports and at Mizzou. Learn more about the School of Natural Resources.
  • Multicultural Issues
    Experience the world with an open and inquisitive mind. Explore various cultures, communities and identities and discuss social issues that intersect each of them. Enjoy a safe and inclusive environment where you can express your beliefs and learn how your identity fits into society.
  • Tomorrow's Teachers
    Learn what it means to be an educator. Engage in enriching activities and discussions covering topics in education and career preparation. Meet College of Education faculty in a small classroom setting. Learn more about the College of Education.
  • TRiO
    Explore leadership development and academic success. Participate in a pre-week the week before classes start. Please contact the TRiO office to determine if you would qualify at 573-882-2493. Learn more about TRiO Student Support Services.
  • Computer Engineering
    Meet other engineering students and learn about a broad range of topics related to computer engineering. Develop critical thinking skills and explore how to integrate in the creative, professional, technical, ethical and educational aspects of engineering at Mizzou. Learn more about the College of Engineering.
  • Engineering
    Meet other engineering students and learn about a broad range of topics related to engineering. Develop your critical thinking skills and explore how to integrate in the creative, professional, technical, ethical and educational aspects of engineering at Mizzou. Learn more about the College of Engineering.
  • Sustainability
    See the positive affect you can have on Earth and its inhabitants. Learn about sustainability through active discussions, hands-on activities and interaction with sustainability faculty, all while learning how to succeed during your time at Mizzou. Learn more about the College of Engineering.
  • BIOME
    For students majoring in biological sciences. Get a jumpstart on biology and chemistry content, take exams to enhance testing skills, learn study strategies and participate in a networking dinner with faculty. Learn more about the BIOME program.
  • Discovering Science Biology
    Learn how science ties into our daily lives. Explore an array of science topics in an environment designed to help you navigate first semester of college. An excellent choice for science-loving students who are interested in a biology degree or career. Learn more about the Division of Biological Sciences.
  • Discovering Science Biochemistry
    For students majoring in biochemistry, regardless of career plans. Discuss potential pathways in biochemistry, including academic research, industry and medicine. Explore resources and activities that can help you succeed at Mizzou and in your career. Learn more about the Department of Biochemistry.
  • Discovering Science Chemistry
    Learn how science ties into our daily lives. Explore an array of science topics in an environment designed to help you navigate first semester of college. An excellent choice for science-loving students who are interested in a chemistry degree or career. Learn more about the Department of Chemistry.
  • Health Professions
    For students interested in health-related professions. Meet the faculty, staff and resources in the School of Health Professions. Explore clinical and non-clinical career paths and the requirements and process to achieve professional goals. Learn more about the School of Health Professions.
  • Honors Pre-Med
    Get help in your studies and in preparing for future graduate applications. Network with Honors College faculty. Gain confidence in your future and place here at Mizzou. Learn more about the Honors College.
  • Medical Careers
    Explore health careers outside of hands-on patient care, including health administration, pharmaceutical sales and practice management. Learn about ethical principles and the requirements for admission to post-graduate school. Become familiar with campus tools that can help your academic success.
  • Nursing
    Prepared for your nursing classes, the interview process and clinical course work through active discussions of career options and ethical issues, hands-on activities, and presentations from nursing faculty. Learn more about the Sinclair School of Nursing.
  • Pre-Medicine
    Good for all majors, especially biology. Prepare for a future in medicine by meeting current students in and applicants to the School of Medicine. Visit the cadaver lab and patient simulation lab. Discuss your four-year plan and other topics. Learn more about the Division of Biological Sciences.
  • Undergraduate research
    Explore the different resources on campus that can help you become involved in undergraduate research at Mizzou. Learn about the research process, poster creation, professionalism, how to find a research mentor, and how to succeed in college. Learn more about the Office of Undergraduate Research.
  • Honors Experience
    Open to all honors students, regardless of major. Students in this community practice critical thinking skills and participate in unique Honors College opportunities. Learn more about the Honors College.
  • Honors Journalism
    Gain the skills, mentorship and inspiration necessary to succeed in journalism. Challenge yourself to think critically about the changing media landscape, how your talents can serve different audiences, and how you can prepare for a fulfilling career. Learn more about the Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Honors Pre-Med
    Get help in your studies and in preparing for future graduate applications. Network with Honors College faculty. Gain confidence in your future and place here at Mizzou. Learn more about the Honors College.
  • Walter Williams Journalism Scholars
    Learn the fundamentals of journalism, explore different career paths and find your strengths. Examine how culture on campus and diversity relate to journalism. Develop meaningful connections with fellow journalism students and faculty. Learn more about the Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Convergence Journalism
    Designed to help students develop a basic knowledge of news gathering across platforms. Obtain a broad base of knowledge before specializing. Learn the basics of reporting, writing and editing for online, broadcast and print media. Learn more about the Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Documentary Journalism
    Explore documentaries in film, audio and photography. Learn different approaches to creating documentaries, ethical concerns and the effects of documentary work. Acquire tools to help you succeed in college and your career. Learn more about the Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Exploring Journalism
    Learn about the resources, opportunities and challenges related to journalism and college life. Experience activities like the prestigious Honor Medal Banquet, and ethics and diversity discussions, while becoming a well-rounded journalist and student. Learn more about the Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Honors Journalism
    Gain the skills, mentorship and inspiration necessary to succeed in journalism. Challenge yourself to think critically about the changing media landscape, how your talents can serve different audiences, and how you can prepare for a fulfilling career. Learn more about the Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Radio Television Journalism
    Explore broadcast journalism, media ethics and the foundations of journalism. Learn fundamental concepts of journalism and prepare to pursue a future career in radio or television. Learn more about the Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Sports Journalism
    Explore the connections between print and broadcast and ethics and diversity in sports. Expand your knowledge of how sports affects other areas of life. Gain hands-on experience practicing basic skills before entering higher-level courses. Learn more about the Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Walter Williams Journalism Scholars
    Learn the fundamentals of journalism, explore different career paths and find your strengths. Examine how culture on campus and diversity relate to journalism. Develop meaningful connections with fellow journalism students and faculty. Learn more about the Missouri School of Journalism.

    Kinder Institute Residential College

    For first-year students interested in American history and politics. The Kinder Institute Residential College is Mizzou’s first undergraduate residential college, conceived and launched in collaboration with the College of Arts & Science, the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy and Residential Life.

    Students in the Kinder Institute Residential College will take classes together on the founding and early history of the United States, build a community through the residential college’s academic and extracurricular programs, receive valuable mentorship from the college’s in-house RA and faculty member-in-residence, and be introduced to the Kinder Institute’s world-class faculty and the full breadth of our undergraduate programming.

    Learn more about the Kinder Institute Residential College

    Learning communities

    Like FIGs, learning communities group students with similar social or academic interests together in designated floors within a residence hall. While FIGs are often housed within learning communities, learning communities do not require an academic structure and they are to sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as freshmen.

    • CAFNR. Students in this community gain exposure to faculty and activities sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (CAFNR) as well as opportunities to engage in programming related to this academic area.
    • Carver. Named after George Washington Carver, this learning community is designed to help students explore topics surrounding math and science and connect with professionals in the field. 
    • Education. Students in this community explore topics in education such as education law, inclusive classroom management and personal development. 
    • Engineering. Dedicated to all areas of engineering. Students in this community explore future challenges in engineering and the diversity of disciplines in the field.
    • Health Professions. Students in clinical and non-clinical career paths in this community navigate the future of health care and approaches to empathetic health care.
    • Honors. Open to all honors students, regardless of major. Students in this community practice critical thinking skills and participate in unique Honors College opportunities.
    • ROTC. Students in this community connect with other in the ROTC (Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy) to explore opportunities within each branch. 

    National Residence Hall Honorary

    The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is a leadership-based honorary comprised of exemplary residential students who value service and recognition. NRHH is supported by the leading international organization advocating for the interests and welfare of residence hall students, while also providing opportunities for their personal growth and development. NRHH provides students with leadership skills and low-commitment, high-impact opportunities for serving and recognizing people in the Mizzou and Columbia communities. Learn more about NRHH.

    Residence Halls Association

    The Residence Halls Association (RHA) is a governing body that represents students who live in our residence halls. RHA provides educational and social programming to help new students transition to college life. Leaders also represent on-campus students in discussions with university administrators. Learn more about RHA.

    Returner Residential Community

    Designed to enhance the Mizzou experience beyond the first year, this community provides an environment that allows students to further develop skills that contribute to greater self-reliance and independence through in hall and neighborhood-wide experiences.