All coaches must register their teams at the International Center. 

Only coaches will be allowed in the registration area at the International Center.  To help the process function smoothly, we ask that one coach from each team enter the registration area, located at the back of the building in the Spartan Rooms. A tent will be placed behind the International Center for teams to trade pins and get to know each other while the coaches complete registration. Coaches will turn in the medical and media release forms, if they have not been uploaded to the World Finals Website and will receive your team’s housing assignment information, program materials, and directions to your residence hall check-in site and designated parking lot.  There are restrooms available inside the International Center, in addition to a food court and souvenir shop.

Odyssey Registration will be open:

Tuesday, May 23rd                2:00pm – Midnight

Wednesday, May 24th          10:00 AM – Midnight

Thursday, May 25th              9:00 am – Noon at the Odyssey Information Booth

Upon arrival to the residence hall, you will receive room keys, bathroom keys (if applicable), conference cards, wristbands, and lanyards. Conference cards are used for building/living wing access, meal access, and laundry room use.

If you lose your keys/cards, the charge will be $75 for the room key, $15 for the bathroom key, and $10 for the conference card. Charges will be billed to the teams by Odyssey.

Late Arrivals:

For those arriving after registration hours on Tuesday or Wednesday, please stop at the International Center.    Michigan State University staff will run a 24-hour check-in service if you arrive after midnight when the Odyssey desk is closed, you will call [phone number coming soon] and the person will direct you to your assigned residence hall.  You will complete the rest of the check-in process the next day during regular registration hours.  If you arrive on Thursday or later, please check in at the Odyssey Information Booth at the International Center.

On-campus shuttles will be running throughout World Finals. Details coming soon!

Read about public transportation options and parking for those driving to and around campus.

OMER’s News is the daily newspaper, published each morning of the competition, that keeps you up to date on what’s happening around campus and shares amazing stories from the Odyssey of the Mind community.

This year you’ll find the first issue in print at locations around campus, then subsequent issues will be available digitally via this website and our webapp.

Our World Finals tournament webapp will allow you to quickly and easily access schedules, maps, and so much more tournament information!

Check back closer to World Finals for installation instructions and updates.

International Center/Crossroads 

  • Tuesday – 1 p.m. to 8 pm
  • Wednesday to Friday – 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday – 8:00 am to 4 pm.

As we get closer to World Finals, this space will be updated to include:

  • Competition Schedule
  • Spontaneous Competition Overview
  • Competition Site Details

When you’re not watching team performances, there’s so much to do at World Finals!

  • Pin trading at designated locations throughout campus
  • Explore the Creativity Festival and International Festival at Jenison Field House
  • Explore the list of things to do around the MSU campus and the Greater Lansing area!

Health Services (PDF)

The medical release form on the Odyssey of the Mind website (coming soon) is required. Every participant must have a form completed and signed by their parent/guardian. Forms will be kept in the possession of the team coach and must accompany the student to any medical intervention. Please bring your team’s completed forms with you to registration if they have not been uploaded on the World Finals website. Participants will not be allowed to register without the completed form.

The University Physician’s Office
The University Physician’s Office is located on the third floor of the Olin Memorial Health Center, East Circle Drive. The Health Center is located on the north edge of Michigan State University campus. Olin Memorial Health Center is able to treat patients over 14 years of age. Patients under the age of 14 needing treatment will need to be seen at a health care facility with a pediatrician, such as the Sparrow Health System facilities listed below.

Olin Memorial Health Center
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Phone: 517-884-6546

E. W. Sparrow Hospital
Medical care is also available through the emergency department of Sparrow Hospital, located at 1215 East
Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI.
Phone Number: 517-364-1000

Sparrow Urgent Care Center
East Lansing
2682 East Grand River
Phone: 517-333-6562
Hours: Everyday, 8:00 am-8:00 pm


Campus Security

The MSU Department of Police and Public Safety would like you to have a safe time during your stay here at MSU. Our department is fully operational 24 hours a day. To reach us, call 911 for emergencies, or dial 517-355-2221
for non-emergencies. Although the MSU campus is a very safe place, common sense precautions should be always used.

For the safety of all, clear bag usage is required at Opening and Awards ceremonies in Breslin Event Center. 

Permitted Bags

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bag, camera and binocular cases not exceeding 4.5″ x 6.5″, with or without a handle or strap

Non-Approved Bags

  • Backpacks (even if made of clear material)
  • Any non-clear bag exceeding the size limit including fanny packs, diaper bags, plastic bags and purses

Breslin Event Center’s full bag and prohibited items policy can be found here.

For your convenience, bags that meet this policy can now be purchased in the Odyssey shop!