New Student Orientation

To register for your Orientation date, please log in to MySSU. Registration will be available March 1st, 2017 to allow our Orientation Team to prepare for our new Orientation Registration form.

Welcome to Shawnee State University!

We can’t wait to see you on campus at one of our upcoming New Student Orientations! Expect to have fun, learn even more about SSU services for students, meet with advisors, get to know other new students, register for classes, and much, much more!

Orientation Dates

We currently offer the following Orientation dates for our newest Bears!

New students starting Summer 2017

  • Thursday, May 4th

New students starting Summer Bridge to Success Program

  • Tuesday, June 27th
  • This event is scheduled for the first day of the Bridge to Success Program
  • Registration for Orientation is included when you enroll in the program and submit your $50 application fee
  • For more details about the summer Bridge to Success Program please visit

New students starting Fall 2017

  • Tuesday, June 6th (Athletes are recommended to attend this Orientation if your schedule permits)
  • Thursday, June 8th
  • Saturday, June 10th
  • Tuesday, June 20th
  • Thursday, June 22nd
  • Wednesday, July 26th

How to Register

To register for your Orientation date, please log in to MySSU after March 1st, 2017.

Your acceptance letter from the Office of Admission contains your login information for MySSU.

MySSU provides information regarding orientation, financial aid, housing and other resources you will need to be a successful student.

The login is your SSU ID number and your PIN is your birthdate YYYYMMDD.

Attending Orientation is required by all new students and completes the admission process to SSU. If you are unable to attend orientation or need assistance in planning your attendance please contact Amanda Means at (740) 351-3229 or orientation@shawnee.eduStudents unable to come to a face to face orientation will have the option to complete an online orientation over the summer.

If you have not been accepted to the Shawnee State University, you can apply for admission here!

About Orientation

Orientation sessions are designed to help you become successful at SSU and encourage you to become an active participant in your education.

Orientation will begin at 10 a.m. Please check-in at the Morris University Center between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Orientation will last until approximately 2:00 p.m.

**If you need to speak with Accessibility Services and drop off documentation, Jim Weaver and Michelle Patrick will be available in the Student Success Center before check in and after Orientation has concluded.**

Trained student orientation leaders and staff are on hand to help you adjust to all aspects of college life and to assist you with any concerns that you may have. 

About the Placement Exam

Degree seeking students who are 20 years old or under are required to have an ACT score.  Students who are 21 or older may take a placement test.  Students with scores that are more than two years old will be required to take a placement test to obtain a more accurate picture of their current knowledge.

Currently, Shawnee uses the Accuplacer test as our placement testing tool.  Students may:

  • Drop into the Student Success Center on Tuesdays 8am-5pm and Thursdays 12pm-8pm to take a placement test.  No registration is needed for these days.
  • Register to take the placement test on the 1st Saturday of the month (excluding Saturdays that fall during holidays when the university is closed) by calling Brittany Corsaro at 740-351-3072 or emailing

Students must know their social security number to take the Accuplacer test.  All tests must be started 2 hours before the ending of testing that day.

Before taking the placement test, students are encouraged to prepare for the test by taking a practice test so that they are familiar with the format and the type of questions students will be asked.  To take a practice Accuplacer test, go to:

Shawnee State uses the Reading Comprehension, WritePlacer Essay, and Elementary Algebra/College Level Math sections of Accuplacer to determine placement.

Placement testing will not be done during orientation.  Students are expected to have all of their placement testing completed before they attend orientation.

Placement for Non-degree Seeking Students

Students who are not pursuing a degree but wish to take classes at Shawnee, specifically College Credit Plus students, may take a placement test; however, Shawnee prefers that students have an ACT score if the student is 20 years of age or under.  College Credit Plus students must be college-ready in either math or English AND reading to participate in the program.

To Appeal Math, Reading, or English Placement

Students who feel they have been misplaced based on their ACT subscores in math, reading, and/or English may appeal their placement by contacting Brittany Corsaro at 740-351-3072 or

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