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Distance@State Orientation

The Center for Distance Education is pleased to offer the non-credit Distance@State Orientation class which is available to all new undergraduate and graduate students entering online degree programs. This four-day course takes less than five hours to complete and can be completed during your free time. It is not necessary to log in during a specific time of day, but students are encouraged to log in each day. Undergraduate students must complete this course in order to be released to register for classes.

Course Syllabus

Orientation Class Highlights

Welcome to Distance@State Orientation

Students will be introduced to myCourses while teaching them about Mississippi State University. Just as in traditional courses, they will have the opportunity to introduce themselves, learn about the Honor Code and Student Services, and take a syllabus quiz.


Online Learning Readiness

Students will have the opportunity to take the SmarterMeasure learning readiness indicator. This is a web-based diagnostic tool that indicates the degree to which an individual student possesses attributes, skills and knowledge that contribute to success in online learning.


Library Resources

The library has many resources available for online students and provides a web hunt for students to familiarize themselves with library resources.


Departmental Resources

Distance programs provide students with program-specific information.


Distance@State Orientation Registration

  1. Set up your BullyMail account. View the Guide to BullyMail video for instructions.
  2. Submit the registration form below.
  3. Check your BullyMail account for a confirmation email.

Contact Joy Bailey at jbailey@distance.msstate.edu with any questions you may have regarding Distance@State Orientation.

Undergraduate students who have not declared a major at this time should choose "Non Degree Seeking - Undergraduate" in the Planned Program of Study option listed below.

Graduate students who have not declared a major at this time should choose "Unclassified - Graduate" in the Planned Program of Study option listed below.

After registering, a confirmation email and further instructions regarding orientation will be sent to your MSU email address. If you haven’t set up your MSU email address, please view the short video Your Guide to BullyMail which describes how to use BullyMail.

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