Get a head start on your academic experience at Missouri S&T with Hit the Ground Running (HGR), a fast-paced and informative three-week program for select incoming S&T students.

Through HGR, you’ll build your learning skills, see all that campus life has to offer, learn about university research, get involved in team-building and leadership projects, make new friends, and discover your path to academic success at S&T.

And you’ll do it all while living on campus and earning 3 credit hours through courses in chemistry, mathematics, English and student success.

The HGR Advantage

HGR students are among our most successful. For example, in 2018:

  • 85% of students who studied trigonometry during HGR earned credit through their performance on the trig placement exam at the end of HGR.
  • 22 of the 57 students who studied algebra during HGR moved up from their initial algebra placement, either by earning credit or a waiver.

Register for HGR at A&R

To register for HGR during A&R, just sign up for Arts & Sciences 1110, Course Number 70406.

If you have already been to A&R and did not register, you can still register by calling 573-341-7596. Please have your name and student ID ready when you call.

HGR Details

Tentative Dates

HGR will be held July 10- July 30, 2022, on the Missouri S&T campus. 

Check-in: Please report to the registration desk at Thomas Jefferson Hall for your room assignment on Sunday, July 10th, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Opening Reception: The opening reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Havener Center.

  • Housing
  • Course Work
  • Textbooks and Access Codes
  • Grades


All HGR students will be housed in Thomas Jefferson Hall and will have most of their meals provided by Missouri S&T Dining Services.

The residence hall code of conduct and policy will govern all actions within the housing complex.

There will be scheduled activities on weekends and it is mandatory that you remain in Rolla and participate in these key learning community-building experiences.


Course Work

The academic component of HGR will require you to participate in writing, mathematics, and possibly chemistry (depending on math placement scores) classroom lectures taught by a team of outstanding Missouri S&T educators.

All students will participate in an English component. Students scoring 24 or below on the Missouri Math Placement Test will be placed in an intensive algebra component.

Students scoring 25 or above will be placed in an appropriate math component and also participate in a chemistry component. Due to the accelerated learning structure of this program, full attendance to all sessions is required and expected.

Textbooks and Access Codes

Students are responsible for purchasing textbooks/access codes. Textbooks/access codes for the math and chemistry course components will be required on the first day of class.

The S&T Store in Havener Center will be open on Sunday, July 11th from 1:00-5:00 pm. We will have books prepackaged for students when they arrive at the bookstore. 


Grades for this course will be determined by the following criteria:

  • Math: 25% (33.33% if in Intensive Algebra)
  • Chemistry: 25% (0% if in Intensive Algebra)
  • English: 25% (33.33% if in Intensive Algebra)
  • Student Success Course: 25% (33.33% if in Intensive Algebra)

Costs and Billing

  • 3 Hour Credit: $1,109.09
  • Room and Board: $698
  • Books: $300
  • Total: $2,107.09

If you would like more information please call us at 573-341-7596.

Students should expect to receive separate bills for both tuition and housing.

  • Students registered prior to April 25 will be billed on April 27. Bill payment will be due May 15. (Students can choose to pay in full or make summer installments due May 15 & June 15.) 
  • Students registered between April 25 and May 24 will be billed on May 25. Bill payment will be due in full June 15.
  • Students registered on or after May 25 and June 24 will be billed on June 25. Bill payment will be due in full July 15, along with the first fall tuition installment.

Housing bills will be issued after students check-in for HGR on July 10th.

HGR Policies

Students are expected to exhibit responsible behavior in accordance with the policies of the Missouri S&T student code of conduct. Misconduct during the program can result in being dismissed from the program and loss of any benefits, scholarships, etc., related to your participation in the summer program.

All students must complete and return the enclosed Medical Release Form prior to attending the Hit the Ground Running Program.

Travel is prohibited outside the Rolla city limits. Parking permits are available at the Missouri S&T University Police department. The student is responsible for obtaining a parking permit during check-in.

Have a Question?

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 573-341-7596 or at

Again, welcome to Missouri S&T and the HGR program. I have high expectations for your achievement and look forwarding to working with each of you to assist you in fulfilling your academic expectations.

Leneisa Parks
Student Success Center Advisor