Five Years of the Ursa Experience

This campaign ended on March 31, 2019, but you can still make a gift to Missouri State University by clicking here!

We're celebrating five years of the Ursa Experience and welcoming our next class of Bears 8/12/19-8/14/19!

Five years means:

  • Five years of new Bears connecting with Missouri State before they even start classes.
  • Five years of students' transition fears being eased by the friends they met at Ursa.
  • Five years of our new Bears learning the importance of the Public Affairs Mission! Wow!


More than 300 students have attended the Ursa Experience to date. The students that attended have gone on to become involved on campus in numerous organizations and in the Springfield community. They are leaders on campus, taking what they learned at the Ursa Experience and making the campus even better!

"The URSA experience is a great way to make friends right off the bat! I learned a lot of information about MO State that was extremely helpful during my first semester. Ursa also encouraged me to step out of my box and made me more comfortable with being on my own in a new city. It might seem crazy that the URSA experience can do all of this in just a few short days, but it truly changes you."

- Abby Falgout, a 2018 Ursa Experience attendee


About Ursa Experience:

The Ursa Experience is a three-day, two-night off-campus adventure that immerses our new students in life at Missouri State University. Students build friendships with other new students, learn about Missouri State history and traditions, explore their personal strengths, and discover ways to Make Their Missouri STATEment.

The Ursa Experience gives our Bears the confidence they need to start classes and make Missouri State their home.

Make a difference:

Your support of the Ursa Experience will provide financial assistance for students that otherwise wouldn't be able to attend this transition program. Every dollar donated directly helps a new student attend this great engagement camp!


YOU will be the difference in the lives of our new Bears!

If you have questions, please reach out to

*In addition, MSU alumni who make a qualifying gift of $50 or more receive a V.I.B.card - Very Important Bear

Visit MSU Alumni Association for additional information how to become engaged with the association and what events are coming to your area.

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Virtual high five on social media to Thank You for supporting the Ursa Experience and our new Bears!


To Thank You for your support, you are honored with a STAR on the Ursa Experience Virtual Wall of Fame plus the incentives listed above!


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To Thank You for your BEARy nice donation which will send a student to Ursa 2019 your name or your companies name will be listed on the 2019 Ursa T-shirt as a sponsor plus the incentives listed above!


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With your amazing donation of $500, you will send five deserving students to the Ursa Experience. You will be invited to a reception in the Fall of 2019 to meet the 2019 Ursa attendees, plus you will also receive the incentives listed above.