Thanksgiving break is Nov. 18-26

What's open when?

Know before you go

All Residential Life residence halls and apartments will remain open over Thanksgiving break, so you’re welcome to stay on campus all week.

If you do stay, please know that the University of Missouri will be closed Nov. 23-24. During the rest of the week, most campus offices will operate under adjusted hours. Call ahead or check hours online.

Here’s a quick rundown of the operating hours for some of Mizzou’s most in-demand resources.

Residential Life

Residential Life staff will continue to be available through the break. Call your hall’s on-call RA 24/7 for support.

  • Excellence, Hawthorn, Brooks, Mark Twain and Rollins desks will be open and accept mail 10 a.m.-8 p.m. throughout break. Mail will be distributed daily to mailboxes. Packages can be retrieved from the open desk in your neighborhood.
  • Maintenance and custodial services will be unavailable Nov. 23-24. Standard weekend hours return Nov. 25-26. If you see an issue that needs immediate attention, contact your hall’s on-call RA for support.
  • To conserve resources, Campus Facilities will remotely reduce the temperature in all halls 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20. You may need to manually adjust the temperature of your thermostat to return it to a comfortable level.


Thanksgiving break is the perfect opportunity to explore MizzouRec’s facilities, including the new outdoor fitness space. MizzouRec will be open:

  • Saturday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 20: 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 21; 5:30 a.m-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22: 5:30 a.m-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 23: Closed
  • Friday, Nov. 24: Closed
  • Saturday, Nov. 25: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 26: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. (return to regular hours of operation)

See complete MizzouRec hours

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20-Wednesday, Nov. 22. Call 573-882-6601 during business hours to schedule an appointment or 24/7 to if you are in crisis or have an urgent concern and need to speak to an on-call clinician. If outside business hours follow the voice prompts.

The free TAO app offers you effective evidence-based resources customized and individualized for your needs.

TAO app

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20-Wednesday, Nov. 22. On Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24, you may call the 24/7 nurse line (573-882-7481) for advice about how to care for an illness or injury at home or to receive guidance about whether and how soon you should see a health care provider.

Ellis Library

After break, only two weeks of classes remain before finals. Use some of the break to catch up on assignments or start studying for finals. You can use the online services of University Libraries at any time.

Ellis Library will be open:

  • Monday, Nov. 20: 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 21: 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 23: Closed
  • Friday, Nov. 24: Closed
  • Saturday, Nov. 25: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 26: Open at noon. Will be open 24 hours until end of finals.

See complete hours for all MU Libraries.

MU students study in Ellis Library

Campus Dining Services

Select campus dining locations will be open during Thanksgiving break. All locations will be closed Nov. 23 and 24. Visit a Mizzou Market earlier in the week so you have meals for those days.

Fruit smoothies served at Infusion

Financial Aid Update

We know when you hear “FAFSA” it can be overwhelming – especially with the changes for next year we’ve been hearing about. Thanksgiving break is a good time to talk with your parents about getting ready for the new form and filing process so that you’re ready when it comes out on Dec. 31. Over break, ask any parent or guardian who helps you with living expenses to create an FSA ID if they don’t have one already. It’s fast and easy, and it will make sure you’re ready to complete the FAFSA when it’s available.

Before leaving town

Whether you live on campus or off, if you’re leaving for any part of the break, take the following steps before you go.

Prepare your room or apartment

  • Unplug all appliances except refrigerators.
  • Remove perishable foods anything from refrigerator that could go bad.
  • Take home or arrange care for pets and plants.
  • Take out trash and recycling.
  • Turn down the heat, but not too low so pipes don’t freeze — no lower than 50 degrees.
  • Close and lock your windows and door.

Secure your belongings

Prevent package theft

  • Have packages delivered to a parcel locker, office or P.O. box.
  • Instruct deliverer to leave packages at back door, if that is an option.
  • Keep delivery area visible and some of your home security measures obvious.
  • Ask the deliverer to obtain a signature upon delivery.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to hold package.
  • Track packages after ordering so you’ll now when they arrive.

Get ready for the road

  • Give yourself time to navigate increased traffic.
  • If you have a long drive, rotate drivers or take frequent breaks to keep alert.
  • Maintain at least a half-tank of gas. Check your vehicle’s fluid levels (especially windshield washer fluid), belts/hoses and tire pressure.
  • Keep an ice scraper, flashlight (with extra batteries), jumper cables and bag of rock salt, cat litter or sand.
  • Have provisions in case you get stranded — blankets, water, non-perishable food, first-aid kit, coats, hats, boots and mittens.
  • If you have to stay in your vehicle, run the engine for heat, but make sure the exhaust pipe is not obstructed by snow or mud. Close the windows to keep heat inside. Run the car for 10 minutes every hour, cracking open a front window while doing so.

Prevent vehicle break-ins

  • Park in a well-lit and populated area.
  • Remove valuables from your vehicle. Hide any that you leave in your car.
  • Never leave your keys in your vehicle.
  • Always lock your car.