Dear Parents,

After closing the university due to winter weather warnings yesterday, MSU is back in class. The cold temperatures are a frigid change at our typically warm campus.

With the beginning of the semester, students have an opportunity for a fresh-start in their course work. Encourage your student to start the semester right by going to class and completing all assignments on time. It is always easier to do well in a course if you don’t get behind.

Earlier this month, parents should have received a Spring 2010 calendar postcard from the Office of Parent Services. If you did not receive a postcard, please send your mailing address to

Important dates to note are:

January 13th – last day to drop a class

January 14th – last day to add a class

January 18th – holiday

If you have any questions about MSU, please contact the Office of Parent Services at or 662-325-3611.


Lady Cox 

Resident Advisor Positions Available

Resident Assistants are undergraduate students who live in the residence halls and have the responsibility of building community in the Residence Halls. They do this through programming, organizing of social activities, and making sure residents are safe and well taken care of. 

Please encourage your student to apply to be an RA. Qualifications include: at least one semester living on campus, cumulative/semester GPA of at least a 2.5, and a satisfactory judicial history. 

Important Spring Recruitment Dates:

Interest Sessions – January 12th, 13th, and 20th

Application Due – January 29th (5pm)

Group and Individual Interviews – February 5th and 6th

Residents must attend one of the info sessions to apply to be an RA. 

Time to Complete the FAFSA!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the Fall/Spring 2010-11 school years is now available on-line at  It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks for the Federal Processor to process the FAFSA and for MSU to receive the results. 

MSU would like to have the FAFSA results by the April 1st priority date if possible, so parents and students should file the 2010-11 FAFSA in the next few weeks. Additional information about the FAFSA and other financial aid information can be found on the MSU Student Financial Aid Web Site at

Barnes & Noble

A great source for textbooks is Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State - your campus bookstore. B&N at MSU provides full refunds to students if a class is dropped within 30 days with the receipt. Also remember that used books can offer a savings of 25% compared to new book prices.

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