Ursa Experience Financial Support

103% of $3,000 goal
This campaign ended on March 17, 2021, but you can still make a gift to Missouri State University by clicking here!

In 2015, the first Ursa Experience - Maroon & White Overnight Program at Missouri State launched. 2020 threw us a curveball but we're back, stronger than ever, for the sixth Ursa Experience in 2021. Each year, Ursa is 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 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.

The Ursa Experience - Only 2 Days Left to Donate

I would like to thank you for your support of the Ursa Experience. You have made a lasting impact in the lives of many of our new Bears.

Our fundraising campaign for the Ursa Experience ends in 2 days. We are a little over $240.00 from our goal of $3000.00. For every $100 we raise, we can send a student to the Ursa Experience.

I am writing to ask you to share the Ursa Experience Crowdfunding link with your friends and co-workers, and encourage them to support this high-impact, life-changing program.

Here is the link for you to find out more about our project.


Thank you again for your support of the Ursa Experience!

Priscilla Childress

479 days ago by Priscilla Childress

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