New Student Orientation

To register for your Orientation date, please log in to MySSU.

Are you a current SSU student interested in becoming an Orientation Leader? Complete the application and read more about the selection process by clicking here. Applications due by Januaray 6th, 2017. Questions about the position? Email

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 Spring 2017

  • Thursday, December 15th, 2016

New students starting Summer or Fall 2017

  • Registration for Summer and Fall Orientation 2017 will begin January 1st, 2017

How to Register

To register for your Orientation date, please log in to MySSU!

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

If you have not been accepted to the Shawnee State University, you need to apply for admission.

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

The Department of English and Humanities and the Department of Mathematics use ACT sub scores to place incoming students into first-year English and Mathematics courses.

If a student is over the age of 21 and has not taken the ACT, he/she will be required to take the COMPASS battery of placement tests. Placement measures in Mathematics, Reading and Writing Skills are components of the COMPASS. Students are required to take the Placement Exam PRIOR to Orientation. Having your Placement Exam completed prior to orientation allows us to help you register for classes on your orientation day.

The Placement Exam will not be given on orientation dates.

How to register for the Placement Exam

There are two ways you can the Placement Exam:

  1. Register and take the exam on the SSU campus in the Student Success Center.
  2. If you live more than 50 miles from campus, you are eligible for remote testing. Please contact the Student Success Center at (740) 351-3594 or by e-mail to schedule remote COMPASS placement testing. Find remote test centers here.

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