INCOMING STUDENT FAQ

Why are freshmen required to live on campus?

National research shows that students who live in residence halls are more successful. We know from our own data that students who live in our halls are more likely to stay in school and graduate in four years than students who do not.

What is a FIG?

Freshman interest groups comprise 15–20 students who live near each other and enroll in some of the same general education classes. In addition, members enroll in a one-credit-hour course together their first semester to help with the transition to college life. We will have more detail about specific FIGs in the spring.

How do I find my myZou user name?

You will be notified of your user name and instructions for setting up a password within a day or two after applying for admission. Your user name can also be found in your acceptance letter and email from Admissions. To set your password, visit myZou.missouri.edu, click the Create a Password link and follow the onscreen instructions.

Why can’t I choose my own room?

Our experienced staff reviews the preferences of all incoming students — more 5,000 people — and assigns room in order to accommodate the greatest number of preferences for the largest number of students. Our process is designed to reduce stress and frustration and result in a room assignment that meets more of your individual preferences.

Is there a way to rank my preferences in order of priority?

No. Our goal is to find a room that matches as many of your preferences as possible, with priority given to your roommate and learning community or FIG of choice.

How many times can I change my preference form? 

You can change your preference form as many times as you like. Updating your form does not change your priority submission date.

Do I have a roommate? How do I contact my roommate? 

Unless you’re in a single room, you most likely have a roommate. You’ll get your roommate’s name and email as soon as you’re both assigned.

What is gender-neutral housing?

This option is available in all suite-style buildings except Center Hall. Depending on your needs, gender-neutral housing can be found in some community-style halls such as Bluford, Brooks and Gateway. This housing option is not designed for romantic partnerships.

You may request gender-neutral housing on your preference form. Our office will follow up with you to gather more information about your request.

Why didn’t I get all the stuff I asked for on my preference form?

When we assign rooms, we prioritize what’s going to contribute most to your academic success. So the first criteria we look at are your FIG and learning community. After FIGs, we look at roommates. Finally, we work to fulfill as many of your preferences as we can.

To assign roommates, we need to have mutual agreement. Make sure your roommate tagged you in their preference forms. Also, make sure they submitted their housing and dining contract and paid their enrollment fee.

Returning students have first pick of our housing inventory. Next year, you'll enjoy be able to select your specific room.

I don’t like my assignment. What can I do?

You can drop your assignment, if you want. Keep in mind that returning students get first pick of rooms, so if you drop your assignment, we will have less inventory to try to meet your preferences and you will get a new assignment from a smaller pool of rooms. To drop your assignment:

  • Log into your preference form with your PawPrint and password;
  • Confirm that you are dropping your assignment;
  • Update your preferences; and 
  • Submit your new preferences.

Do I need a car?

That depends. Campus is extremely walkable, and it's easy to get downtown on foot. You can rent bicycles for free from Mizzou Bike Share or use the Tiger Line shuttle to get across campus or to Columbia Mall. 

If you do choose to bring a car, please indicate your intention on your preference form. Parking & Transportation Services then will contact you with instructions to register your vehicle and pay for your parking permit this summer.

Your parking assignment will be made at the same time as your room assignment.

Please keep in mind that parking is extremely limited in the core of campus. As a new student, you can expect to be assigned to a perimeter lot, unless you have a permit for accessible parking

Can I move off campus mid-year? 

No. University policy requires first-time college students to live in Residential Life residence hallsYour contract is for a complete academic year. All residents who have signed a legal contract are required to fulfill their responsibilities. 

For more information, email housing@missouri.edu or call 573-882-7275.