Department of Student Affairs - Student Life

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Department of Student Affairs - Student Life

Student Life fosters the academic, professional, and social development of our students through intentional programming, cultivating student leaders and leadership opportunities, and supporting registered student organizations at ATSU. The office of Student Life encourages and promotes life outside the classroom by encouraging a community of collaboration, responsibility, and respect among all community members.​

  • Events +

    • You are encouraged to get involved outside the classroom through a dynamic variety of events held on each of our residential campuses; below are links to listings of events:

      Kirksville-campus events

      • ATSU community members on the Kirksville, Missouri campus may access a list of events by logging into Engage with their ATSU credentials.

      Mesa-campus events

      • ATSU community members on the Mesa, Arizona campus may access a list of events by logging into Engage with their ATSU credentials.

  • University Events +

    • Orientation

      The office of Student Life coordinates New Student Orientation for all residential based programs to help assist in the transition to the graduate health sciences experience. Through intentional program design students will get a holistic introduction to resources and opportunities available to all students to have a successful and transformative experience at ATSU.

      New Student Orientation 2022 will begin on July 11, 2022. Please be sure you have made all necessary housing arrangements and have fully relocated before the first day of NSO.

      Please note: more specific information will be disseminated via e-communication to accepted student’s official ATSU account.

      White Coat

      The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage and celebrates milestones in one's academic achievement. For some programs it marks the beginning of their academic pursuits. For others it signifies the next chapter of their training as they enter clinical years. Regardless of the transition it marks it is a time for celebration and acknowledgement of the importance of wearing a white coat in our society.

      During the ceremony, a white coat is placed on each student’s shoulders and an oath is recited, signifying one's entrance into the profession.


      The moment our students have been working for since new student orientation is their commencement ceremony. The ceremony is the culminating moment in which our students are awarded their given degree, welcomed into the University alumni family, and are formally recognized as the newest practitioners of healthcare.

      For details regarding the upcoming commencement ceremonies, please visit:

  • Housing +

    • Arizona campus

      ATSU students live throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan in an area known as the East Valley, which is comprised of the cities of Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler, Arizona.

      Refer to ATSU’s Housing Guide to view housing information, neighborhoods, apartment ratings, and popular properties for ATSU students.

      Missouri campus

      The Missouri campus offers an apartment complex for on-campus living arrangements, as well as several resources in finding rental properties off-campus.


      Located on campus, our 44-unit, smoke-free apartment facility offers ATSU students a convenient, comfortable lifestyle at an economical rate. Living on campus students will find classrooms and the Thompson Campus Center, ATSU’s recreation facility, all within walking distance.

      For information on housing on campus please contact Student Life.
      ATSU Missouri On-Campus Apartment Guide (pdf)

      Student apartment monthly rates for 22-23:

      • One bedroom: $500
      • One bedroom + study: $525
      • Two bedroom: $545

      Housing residents with a service animal, or residents who wish to request an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) accommodation in ATSU Housing, should email Learning & Disability Resources. An ESA must be approved as an accommodation before having the animal in residence.