Trial Admission

If you are graduating this year from a Missouri high school and you have applied for admission but been denied, you may be eligible for Mizzou’s Trial Admission Program (TAP).

Students who do not meet the criteria for regular freshman admission can take six college credit hours at a regionally accredited Missouri College or University (other than Mizzou), including an English composition course and a transferable math course, during the summer session directly after high school graduation. Students who earn grades of C or better in both courses can enroll on academic probation for the fall semester. Courses taken as dual credit while in high school may not be used to meet this requirement.

If you think you might be eligible for Mizzou’s Trial Admission Program, you must first apply for admission. Please contact us with questions or concerns.

Why TAP?

Most students in the Trial Admissions Program complete their summer coursework at a college or university close to home. The benefits of this arrangement include:

  • The ability to select course times that leave room in your schedule for part-time jobs, vacations, and other commitments
  • Use of your existing support network at home as you get used to college coursework
  • If you decide not to enroll at MU for the Fall semester, you may continue your coursework without disruption

How does TAP work?

Once you’ve applied for admission to Mizzou, the Office of Admissions will inform you if you are eligible for the Trial Admissions Program. After you’ve received this notification, follow these steps to complete the program.

  1. Send an email to to let us know where you plan to complete your summer coursework. You’ll receive a confirmation letter along with other information about TAP.
    • Important note: Make sure your summer courses end with enough time to attend orientation. Courses ending prior to August 1 are the safest choices.
  2. At the end of your summer classes, have your transcripts sent directly to the Admissions Office as soon as possible.
  3. Once we’ve received your transcripts, we’ll help you register for either Summer Welcome or August Orientation (more on that below!).

Orientation & Advising

Once you’ve successfully completed your summer courses and have been admitted for the fall semester, you’ll be invited to attend either Summer Welcome or August Orientation, depending on your date of admission. Both programs are designed for new, first-time college students. You’ll also set up a meeting with an academic advisor to get registered for your first semester of classes. Links to register for orientation and advising will appear in your application status page.

On-Campus Housing

You will be eligible to sign up for on-campus housing once you’ve completed all TAP requirements and have officially been admitted to Mizzou. After you receive your TAP approval letter from the Admissions Office, you’ll contact the Office of Residential Life to help you complete this step.

Campus Resources

Many students heading off to college are thrilled by the prospect of their new-found independence. But with that comes new stresses and pressures. Mizzou offers a wide range of resources on campus designed to improve your academic performance and overall well-being as a college student.

Seeking academic or wellness support does not mean you can’t handle college—it means you’re taking control of your experience and using all the tools available to you. Use resources before you need them, and use them often!

Click below to learn about some of the resources available to you as a Mizzou student.

Here students can access free tutoring, get help creating a study plan and get yourself on the path to academic success. More than 65% of Mizzou freshmen use the Learning Center’s services. Visit to find out more.

Head to the MU Wellness Resource Center for medical care, mental health support, and helpful information on everything that college life can throw at you, right here on campus. Learn more at

If you are an MU student and you have a documented disability, the Disability Center is here to make sure you receive an equal educational opportunity at Mizzou. You can establish your accommodation plan at Summer Welcome or at any time during the semester. Get started at

MU Student Financial Aid is dedicated to making your college experience affordable. Visit for resources on filling out the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA), student employment, scholarships, and other helpful information. Your financial aid adviser is available to answer any questions you may have.