In Joplin, Missouri Southern held its Community Day on Wednesday.
Students walked around learning about over 100 local businesses and organizations, sampling foods and getting coupons.
One school official says 31 more businesses signed up this year compared to last.
"To know what the community has for them in Joplin, what we can provide as far as community services or even the for profit services that are out here, allowing the students to know where they can go to get what they need in the community," says Don Greenlee of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The university says about 900 new students enrolled this year as did over 4,500 returning students.