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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 graduate studies (degree seeking graduate students)
  • Mizzou Online (non-degree seeking undergraduate or post baccalaureate students)

Activation of your PawPrint

If you are a new student, you will receive a PawPrint and temporary password in an admission email. You will activate your PawPrint and create a new password through myZou. After activation, you will be able to access your MU e-mail, semester-based online courses, MU Library resources, and more.

Note Self-paced courses require a separate login and password which will be mentioned later.

To activate your PawPrint follow these steps Hide Images

  1. Go to and click on “Create a Password.”
  2. Click the “Create/Reset Password” button.
  3. Follow the directions provided. You will need your User ID (sometimes called a “Pawprint”), date of birth, MU Student ID number and the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
  4. You will then be prompted to select a security question and answer.
  5. The next screen will ask you to change your password.
  6. Log in with your new password and click on the UM E-Consent (gray menu box).
  7. Answer the question related to financial correspondence. *Students must agree to UM E-Consent in order to enroll in courses online.
  8. Once you have answered the question, you will automatically be directed to the login page again.

Once this is complete, your PawPrint is now activated.

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 Alert Do not click "Click here to log in."
  2. Click on "Get Started."
  3. Click the link "log in to the activation page."
  4. This will bring up a log in box and you will sign in with the Pawprint and password you use for myZou.
  5. Outlook Live will then recognize you and assign an Office 365 user ID, which will be your pawprint + "" and a temporary password. Make note of this information!
    Heads Up This temporary password will be different from the one used previously for myZou.
  6. You should now click on the webmail link and return to the original MU Student E-Mail page,
  7. This time you will click on "Click Here to Log In."
  8. You will be taken to the Office 365 log in page. In the sign in box, enter your and the temporary password just assigned to you.
    Note If you already have another account (e.g. hotmail), you may need to click "sign in to a different account" and log in.
  9. When prompted for a password, you will enter the temporary password you were just assigned. You can then answer the set up questions. After answering all the questions, you will have access to your MU Email account.

Now let's change your password from the temporary one given. Hide Images

  1. To do this, click on "Options" in the upper right corner.
  2. Click "See All Options."
  3. After the options page has loaded, click "Change your password" from the right-hand menu.
  4. When the account properties page has loaded, under Password and Security Info, click "Change Password."
  5. When the Change Password page has loaded, type the appropriate information into the required fields, and click "Save".

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 to enroll in courses, 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 year round and you will work independently while receiving instructor feedback. These courses will require in-person proctored exams.
Self-paced courses with a completion time based around 8- or 16-week sessions
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 8- or 16-week sessions. These courses will 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 coursework 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 the early registration period 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 Advisor panel shows your current advisor 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 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 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.
    Heads Up Once the start date of your course arrives, changes to your enrollment will likely incur a financial penalty.

    Note 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.
  13. 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."
  14. This page will display the classes you are enrolling in. Please review and if correct, click on "Finish Enrolling."
  15. 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 and contact 1-800-609-3727 or so we may assist you.
  16. 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. It is possible to order your textbooks elsewhere; you will want to carefully match the textbook ISBN numbers.

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. Most of the semester-based courses use the Blackboard or Canvas system. Self-paced courses use our own learning management system (ILMS), but there are a few special cases that use Sakai or Moodle.

Mizzou Online Learning Management System (ILMS)

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 User ID (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.


If your course uses the Sakai learning management system, you will receive instructions from the College of Education on how to log in the Friday before the start date of the class. The email will be sent to your Mizzou email account. If you have questions or do not receive notification, please email


If your course uses the Moodle learning management system, you will receive instructions on how to log in from the department or instructor of the course.

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