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 Mathematics, Communication, 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 2023 Hit the Ground Running, you can do one of the following:

1) Advising & Registration Day: During your A&R day, sign up for Arts & Sciences 1110, Course Number 70406.

2) Registration Form: Using your student ID number and password, fill out the following form:


HGR Details

We're excited to see you!

HGR will be held July 9 - July 30, 2023, on the Missouri S&T campus. 

  • Housing
  • Course Work
  • Grading Scale
  • Costs
  • Billing
  • Automobiles
  • HGR Policies


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 Mathematics, Communication, and Student Success. These classes are unique classroom experiences with built-in projects for hands-on application taught by a team of outstanding Missouri S&T educators. Due to the accelerated learning structure of this program, full attendance to all sessions is required and expected. Students must remain on campus (and the immediate Rolla area) for the entire duration of HGR.

Math Placement 

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.



Grading Scale

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

Students receive 3-credit hours toward their degree upon completion of HGR. The breakdown of the course are below:

  • Math: 33.3% 
  • English: 33.3%
  • Student Success: 33.3%


Estimated Costs

  • 3-Hour Credit: $1,209.77
  • Room and Board: $885 for Double and $1,080 for Single
  • Books: $300
  • Total: $2,394.77 (Double Room) | $2,589.77 (Single Room)


Tuition Billing and Payment Schedule

Students should expect to receive separate bills for both tuition and housing. All fees are paid through TouchNet.

    • Preregistered students: three installments due May 10, June 10, and July 10
    • Regular registration students: total fees due at registration.

All fees (or minimum payment) must be paid in full by the first-semester payment due date to avoid cancellation of course selections. More information can be found by visiting:

Housing Billing

Housing bills will be issued after students check-in for HGR on July 9th.


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.

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 and losing any benefits, scholarships, etc., related to your participation in the summer program.

Students are required to live on-campus in their assigned room for the entire 3-week experience. Students may not leave the immediate Rolla, Missouri area for the entirety of the HGR experience including Outer Rolla zipcode, Fugitive beach, etc...


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

Have a Question?

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with us at Please leave your name and preferred contact information, and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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

Dr. Wes Lewis
Assistant Vice Provost Undergraduate Education

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Chyna Howell
Student Success Center Manager