The Ursa Experience - Life Changing

This campaign ended on March 16, 2020, but you can still make a gift to Missouri State University by clicking here!

Six years of the Ursa Experience at Missouri State and every year, it's more exciting, more fun, and life changing. Yes, life changing for the new Bears that attend Ursa! Abby Falgout, a 2018 Ursa Experience attendee and a 2019 Ursa Experience student facilitator says, "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." 

This is a testimony to the impact of the Ursa Experience on our incoming first year in college and transfer students admitted to the fall semester directly following the event.  The Ursa Experience gives our Bears the confidence they need to start classes and make Missouri State their home.

More than 450 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!

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 PChildress@MissouriState.edu

A transcript of this video will be available for download here.

*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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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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Receive limited edition birthday socks to make your MissouriSTATEment! *While supplies last - limit 5 pairs per person and 10 pairs per address


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To Thank You for your BEARy nice donation, sending a student to Ursa 2020, your name or company will be listed on the 2020 Ursa T-shirt as a sponsor plus other incentives including TWO pairs of limited edition birthday socks to make your MissouriSTATEment! *While supplies last - limit 5 pairs per person and 10 pairs per address


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Receive THREE pairs of limited edition birthday socks to make your MissouriSTATEment! *While supplies last - limit 5 pairs per person and 10 pairs per address


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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 2020 to meet the 2020 Ursa attendees, plus you will also receive the incentives listed above including up to 5 pairs of limited edition socks in the month of March.


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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!