What is Academic Advising Anyway?

Advising is an essential part of good academic planning at MSU. You will see your advisor every semester. Many first year students will be seen in a professional college or in the Mustangs Advising Center (the MAC) the first year. After which, advisement is done by faculty and/or professional advisors for your specific major.


Who is My Academic Advisor?

Your academic advisor is a member of the faculty or professional staff who will guide you in the selection of courses, in solving problems, and in understanding the nature of the curriculum and how it affects your personal and professional development.  Your academic advisor is determined by your major or intended area of study and how many credit hours you have earned. 

To see who your advisor is, click here.


First Year Advising
Upon acceptance to MSU, first year students will be invited to meet an advisor to build a schedule. Once advised and schedule created, first year students must attend Orientation or Spirit Day in order to keep schedule and not be dropped from classes


What Happens After the First Year?
Once you have reached the prescribed hours required for your major in order to transition to your department, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in your major. If you still do not know what you want to major in after24 earned credit hours, you would go to the Academic Success Center for advising.


Changing Majors

If you change majors, be sure to find out who your new advisor will be. For more details on how to change your major please click here.

What If I’m Still Undecided?
If you are still undecided about a major, there are additional resources you can use to help you decide on a major. You can talk to your faculty about their discipline; shadow people in various jobs in the field; do internships; and research various occupations. Be sure to visit the Career Management Center’s website on Career Options. You can also visit the Counseling Center, if you are struggling with career indecision.  They have career assessments which can help by exploring your personality traits, interests, and values. 

Once you declare a major, you will change to an advisor in your chosen area of study.  Don’t worry; there are lots of people to help you along the way.