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You've made a great decision to attend the University of Missouri, considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, and attending online allows you to learn anywhere — bringing the classroom to you. Our goal is to create educationally purposeful experiences that promote involvement, learning and success. You've been admitted to Mizzou, so what do you do next? This orientation will walk you through the steps to begin online and facilitate your academic success.

A. myZou: MU's Student Information System

MyZou is a web portal that allows you to access your student account information such as course history, online payment options, payment history, billing statements, financial aid information, registration schedule and more. You will need to agree to an e-Consent to access your online enrollment, financial information and to facilitate communication with the Cashiers and Financial Aid Offices.

If you are a newly admitted or readmitted student you will receive an email which contains the necessary information for activating your myZou account from:

  • the admissions office (degree seeking undergraduate students)
  • the office of the Graduate School (degree seeking graduate students or post baccalaureate students)
  • Mizzou Online (non-degree seeking undergraduate students)

Activation of your myZou Account

If you are a new student, you will receive a username (pawprint) in an admission email. You will use your username (pawprint) to create a new password through myZou. After activation, you will be able to create your MU email account, access online courses, MU Library resources, and more.

To activate your myZou account follow these steps: Hide Images

  1. Go to and click on “Create a Password.”
  2. Follow the directions on the video playlist below.

    Use the playlist button in the upper left to see all the videos in the playlist.

    A more detailed list of the steps taken in the video playlist can be found on this page.

  3. If you do not live the in Columbia, MO area, you may skip activating emergency notifications as those messages are directed to students living in Columbia, MO.

Once you have completed the steps in these videos your myZou account is now activated and you will have access to registration in myZou.

The next step is to set up your email.

B. Email

You will be assigned an MU student email account. All University-related information and announcements will be sent only to this account.

To activate your MU email account follow these steps Hide Images

  1. Navigate to
  2. Log in with your Username (pawprint) and previously created myZou password.
  3. Make a note of your email address location just above the Office 365 account box.
  4. If you do not see the Office 365 account box click on "Self Service" at the top of the page.
  5. Click "Reset Office 365 Password" in the Office 365 account box.
  6. Enter a new password. It must meet the criteria listed on the right.
  7. Enter the same password in confirm new password field.
  8. Click submit.
  9. Wait for the message that your password was successfully reset.
  10. Click "Click here to log into your O365 account" or navigation to
  11. Enter your Office 365 email address you noted earlier: and click "Next".
  12. Enter your new password and click "Sign in".
  13. Finish your Office 365 account setup following the onscreen instructions.

Your email is all set up. Now let's talk about enrollment.

C. Enrollment

Before you can enroll in courses, you must be admitted to the University as either a degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking student. If you have made it this far and have not applied for admission, please visit the admissions page and fill out the necessary forms.

Course Types

There are currently three different types of courses available through Mizzou Online. Review the following information when choosing which type of course you want to enroll in.

Self-paced courses with a maximum completion time of 6 months
These courses are the most flexible. You get to choose a start date and you can complete the course in as few as six weeks or take up to six months. Enrollment is open most of the year (subject to term deadlines)and you will work independently while receiving instructor feedback. These courses may require in-person proctored exams.
Self-paced 16-week courses
These courses are very similar to the self-paced courses mentioned above except that you cannot pick your start date and these courses follow the regular MU 16-week sessions. These courses may require in-person proctored exams and have checkpoints for course progress.
Semester-based courses
These courses have specific start and stop dates that follow the regular MU 8- or 16-week sessions. You will have weekly assignments and quizzes throughout the session. You will have interactions with other students and the instructor through online discussions boards. These courses may require in-person proctored exams, although most have online quizzes and exams.

The majority of self-paced courses are offered at the undergraduate level, while the majority of graduate level courses are offered as only semester-based courses.


Currently Admitted and Enrolled Students:
Currently enrolled students will be able to enroll for course work during the early registration period, subject to their assigned appointment time. Your assigned appointment times can be found in the myZou student center under "Enrollment Dates."
Newly Admitted Students:
Newly admitted students will have later appointment times after early registration for current students ends. Your assigned appointment times can be found in the myZou Student Center under "Enrollment Dates."

myZou Student Center

  1. The Academics panel links to your grades, enrollment, and shows your class schedule.
  2. The Finances panel shows information about your financial aid and bills.
  3. The Personal Information panel shows the current contact information the university has for you. Please keep this up to date.
  4. The Holds panel shows any holds on your account. These holds may prevent you from enrolling in courses.
  5. The To Do List panel shows the items you need to complete. These are important and should be attended to quickly.
  6. The Enrollment Dates panel shows your appointment time for enrollment if you are not currently enrolling and one has been assigned. You must click the link to see your specific enrollment time.
  7. The Adviser panel shows your current adviser and their contact information.

Once you know your registration appointment time and you are ready to enroll in an online course, follow these steps. Hide Images

  1. If you have not already picked out a course to take, you can browse available courses through the online course search.
  2. Once you have found a course to take, click on the course title to view the course details.
  3. Please review any special course information mentioned on this page, as some courses require special permission or a special process to enroll.
  4. At the bottom of the course details page, click the MyZou button, unless otherwise noted in the course details.
    Heads Up You should take note of the class number. It will be used in the following steps.
  5. This will take you to the login page for MyZou. Use your username (pawprint) and password set up earlier in this orientation to log in.
  6. After you have successfully logged in, find and click the "Self Service" button.
  7. Then click on the "Student Center" button. *This page has a wealth of information about your advisor, finances, and any holds on your account.
  8. Next click on "Enroll."
  9. This will start the three step process of adding a class. Select the term you would like to enroll in from the list and click on "Continue".
  10. Then enter the five-digit class number found earlier into the appropriate box and press "enter".
  11. If the class is found and open, the screen should display the class information.
  12. If signing up for a self-paced course, you will need to select a valid start date from the range given. We recommend a date at least a week from enrollment if possible.
    Important If you do not select a start date, the date of your enrollment will used. It can only be changed by dropping the course and re-enrolling with a new start date.
    Heads Up Once the start date of your course arrives, changes to your enrollment will likely incur a financial penalty.
  13. Please review the statement of financial obligation you are required to accept before enrolling in courses. For information regarding refunds after enrollment, visit the refund schedules page.
  14. Repeat this process for each class you wish to enroll in. Once you have added all your classes, click on "Proceed to Step 2 of 3."
  15. This page will display the classes you are enrolling in. Please review and if correct, click on "Finish Enrolling."
  16. You will be presented with a results page. Each class you are enrolling in will be listed. If enrollment is successful, you will see a checkmark under the Status column. If there is a problem with your enrollment, you will see an error text under the Message column that will give more details.
    Note If you receive an error and you do not understand the error text, please copy down the error message and contact 573-882-2491 or so we may assist you.
  17. This completes your enrollment. Click "My Class Schedule" to view your schedule with the updated enrollment

Great! The next step is to get your textbooks.

D. Textbooks

You may purchase materials through the The Mizzou Store. If you are unsure about which textbooks to purchase please review the course details found through the course search. Please note your specific course and section number when searching for textbooks on The Mizzou Store website. The Mizzou Store offers a price comparison tool that will provide you with a link to other sites where you can purchase your textbooks. We strongly recommend using this tool to ensure you get the correct books.

Repurchase of textbooks

For your semester-based course books visit The Mizzou Store during the first two weeks of December and May to sell back your textbooks.

For your self-paced course books, please fill out the Sellback Form. Once The Mizzou Store receives your form, you'll receive an email with directions. You may also stop by the Textbook Desk located in the lower level of The Mizzou Store at any time to sell back your books.

Now that textbooks are in order, let's log in to your course.

E. Course Log in

We now have everything set up. When it's time to log in use the following directions. Self-paced courses use the Mizzou Online learning management system. Semester-based courses use the Canvas system.

Mizzou Online Learning Management System

If you have chosen to enroll in a self-paced course, you will receive an email from Mizzou Online with a log on link one business day after enrolling in the course.

To access your self-paced courses please follow these steps Hide Images

  1. Open and click on "Self-paced Student Log On."
  2. You will sign in with your username (pawprint) and password.
    Note If you do not know your password, please visit the Division of IT password tools for help.
  3. After signing in you will be presented with a list of the courses you are currently enrolled in, as well as their beginning and ending dates. Click on the course name you wish to view.
  4. This is the starting page for your course. You can view your progress, request an exam, view lessons and grades, as well as access your instructor's contact information.
  5. You can periodically check how you are doing in a course by clicking on the "Check Your Progress" button from the course start page.
  6. Here you can view submitted lessons and exams. This page also includes a grading scale.
  7. From the course start page you can also request an exam.
  8. Here you can get a list of approved proctoring locations in your area or schedule a proctor time with the Mizzou Online offices.
  9. To log off you can click the "Log Off" button from either the progress page or the exam request page. You may also click on "My Courses" and then the "Log Off" button.

Semester Based Courses: Canvas

If you have chosen to enroll in a semester-based course, you will find your course in the Canvas learning management system.

To access your semester-based courses through Canvas please follow these steps Hide Images

  1. Log-in to Canvas by visitng and clicking on the red Canvas link.
  2. You will sign in with your Username (pawprint) and password.
  3. After signing-in you will see your Canvas dashboard with your favorite courses listed.
  4. Your dashboard also shows you any up comming calendar items and access to view your grades.
  5. The left side of the screen shows the Canvas global navigation. This gives you access to the main Canvas functions such as your courses, calendar and inbox.
  6. Access a course by clicking on one of the cards in your dashboard or through the global navigation "Course" menu.
  7. Each course has its own navigation menu that gives you access to that course's modules, discussions, grades, syllabus and other features.
  8. The modules section will give you access to the course's resources, assignments, quizzes, pages, etc. for your course.
  9. You can learn more about Canvas from the following video.

Note Some instructors may grant access to students a week prior to the start of the course; however, if they do not grant early access the course site will not appear in Canvas until the course start date. If the course start date has arrived and you do not see your course in Canvas, contact Mizzou Online at 573-882-2491.

That is all for section 1! Make sure to peek at the other sections for more information designed to make your online experience easier.