Sophomore Day and Career Day – two of the biggest events of the spring semester – are planned for next week at Missouri Southern State University.

More than 1,000 area students are expected for the annual Sophomore Day event, set for Tuesday, April 2.

High-school sophomores from Webb City, Neosho, Monett, Aurora and Galena, Kan., will be on hand for the event, which will begin with opening ceremonies at 9:15 a.m. in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Students will be divided into groups for a day of campus tours.

Nearly 30 stops will be offered across campus, showcasing programs such as teacher education, criminal justice, communications and business, as well as information about financial aid, dual credit and study abroad.

“Sophomore Day gives students a unique opportunity to explore what college life is like, and to gain insight into the many quality academic programs that Southern has to offer,” said Heather Lesmeister, director of University Relations & Marketing. “The event also gives our faculty a chance to showcase their departments, the wide variety of majors and minor available, and our beautiful campus.”

Career Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Leggett & Platt.

Open to all Missouri Southern students and alumni, the event is a chance to network with representatives from a wide variety of area employers, graduate schools and others.

This year, a total of 110 organizations will be on hand for the event, said Alex Gandy, director of Career Services.

“It’s an opportunity for our students and alumni to meet face to face with employers and explore career opportunities, whether it be full- or part-time positions or internships,” he said. “They can ask questions and learn more about positions that are available.”