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Columbia Missourian

Collegetown offers tips for incoming college freshmen

By Caitlin Lukin
July 25, 2013 | 6:01 a.m. CDT
Mark Morris, a campus employee, puts banners up on the MU Columns before a football game in the fall of 2013.

COLUMBIA — The Missourian's annual "Collegetown" edition is a guide for incoming freshmen and transfer students that takes a look at what they will need to know to start the semester off right.

The publication, available online, in a downloadable e-book and in print, is divided into five sections.


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Here's a list of what you will find:


Using MyZou: MyZou is one of the most frequently used websites for MU students. Here are a few tips to help you find the information you need efficiently.

Campus: You'll be spending a lot of time on campus, so the Missourian has come up with a short list of everything you'll need to know to be an expert. Need to study? Here's a roundup of campus' most popular study spots as well some that are more out of the way. Need to print something, nap or just hangout? Here's a guide to everything else you'll need while out and about.

Library: As an incoming student, the odds are that you'll be required to write at least one research paper during your first semester. Ellis Library and other libraries on campus have the resources to help.

Class recommendations: Looking for a class to fill out your fall or spring schedule? We've got options. MU students give reviews of their favorite general education professors and classes. And here's a look at some interesting courses from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Cheating: Academic dishonesty is not tolerated at MU. If you are caught cheating, plagiarizing or sabotaging, you can be subject to sanctions.

Professors and advisers: Professors offer some counsel on how to succeed in college. (Spoiler alert: The first tip is to go to class!) Take some advice on how to get the most out of a relationship with your academic adviser.

Missouri residency: Out-of-state students, interested in reducing your tuition? Here's a guide to applying for Missouri residency.


Tickets: Find everything you need to know about getting tickets for Missouri athletics events.

Game day: In Columbia, football games are an all-day affair. MU students and graduates share some tips on tailgating before the game. When the tailgating's done, here are a few essential items you'll need for the game. Finally, Tiger fans share their tips on what to wear on game day.

Traditions: Missouri football games are unique experiences, filled with traditions, songs and cheers. Here's a breakdown of all the traditions that you'll want to take part in at the games. And just for new students, you can be part of a freshman tradition that reaches back to 1957 by painting the M at Faurot Field.

Tiger gear: A lot of places in Columbia sell Missouri clothing and gear so you can stock up in time for the first football game or show your spirit across campus.

Rec sports: Love sports? MU RecSports organizes intramural sports leagues for a variety of sports, from singles tennis and volleyball to soccer and innertube water polo.


Staying healthy: The MU Wellness Center has some advice about how to stay healthy in your freshman year. New to dorm food? Here's a few tips about how to eat healthy and avoid the "Mizzou 22." Whether it is a lingering cold or mental health struggles, there are plenty of facilities available to help students get better or avoid getting sick.

Fitness: The MU Student Recreation Complex has a lot to offer for students, such as the whirlpool and sauna of Tiger Grotto and the running track or cycling classes in Tiger Lair. Here's what you need to know about the complex.

Paying bills: Need to pay your tuition bills? You can stop by the cashier's office in Jesse Hall, or follow these seven steps to set up an account on your MyZou.

Transportation: Without a car, getting around Columbia can be hard for students. When walking won't cut it, there are good alternatives, including shuttles and a public transit system.


Eating: Here is a guide to the menus, hours and secrets of MU's dining halls, along with some advice on choosing a meal plan. Wondering where to chow down in downtown Columbia? Here are few of the favorite restaurants and dives among students and residents. Vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free? No problem. Columbia has a variety of restaurants downtown that cater to special dietary needs.

Vintage: Whether old-school is your style on you're on the prowl for a Halloween costume, Columbia has three vintage stores where you can find the perfect piece.

Off-campus housing: When you are ready to move out of the dorms, there are plenty of options for student housing in Columbia.


Columbia classics: Want to get to know Columbia better? Try this scavenger hunt and see if you can find all 17 unique items. Or, if you have five minutes, check out some classic Columbia locations, like Rock Bottom Comics or the Peace Nook.

Twitter: Need a break from homework? Here are five funny Mizzou-themed Twitter accounts to follow.

Embarrassment: There are certain mistakes and embarrassing moments that everyone will make in their first semester on campus. Here is your guide on how to recover.

Theater: From the professional to the academic, Columbia offers a wide range of venues for theatergoers to check out.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Conner.