Undergraduate Advising

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Staffing | Role of Advisors | ARFs | Registration Handbook
Catalog | Advising Etiquette | Advising Recommendations

Once you have formally declared your major, you are assigned an advisor within your area of study.  He or she will help you shape your course work to meet you goals. Our advisors are here to help you:

  • Choose a major
  • Determine career goals
  • Establish semester schedules
  • Meet graduation requirements

The advisors within the Department of Health and Human Development consist of both peer and faculty advisors. We strongly encourage students to meet with their advisors.

All majors can stop by room 121 in the Hosaeus Fitness Complex or call 994-4001 to make an appointment to meet with an advisor in the Advising Center. We do not schedule appointments by e-mail.


Staff consists of two full-time advisors and three part-time student peer advisors who are outstanding graduate, seniors, and juniors.

Role of Advisors

Advisors are here to help with information about

  • Semester planning
  • Scheduling
  • Adding and dropping classes
  • Reinstatement issues
  • Substitution of classes
  • Appeals
  • Resources
  • PDFs (personal data forms) for registration

Advisors are not here to

  • Be a scapegoat for poor planning, grades
  • Talk to parents

ARFs (Advising and Registration Forms)

  • ARFs have your registration date, time and alternate PIN information
  • Available the last week in October for spring preregistration and the last week in March for summer and fall registration
  • ARFs are available under the "notes" section in DegreeWorks, available under MyInfo

Registration Handbook


The MSU Catalog is updated every year with changes to curricula. Students may graduate with the requirements from the catalog in which they started or move to a newer catalog if it is to their benefit.

Advising Etiquette

  • Arrive on time
  • Turn off cell phone
  • Call to cancel an appointment if unable to make appointment

Advising Recommendations

  • Sequencing of classes is important; overlapping core with required classes saves time and money
  • Taking random classes that work in one's personal schedule will work for a while but, in the long-run, those courses will not count toward a degree and there will be financial aid consequences
  • Check before dropping classes! The minimum number of credits to be a full-time student is 12. Dropping below this can be a problem for financial aid, student housing, and athletic eligibility. Some scholarships may require a higher minimum number of credits as well.
  • Taking advice from friends, even if they're in the same major, is not a good idea. These friends may be in a different catalog and have different degree requirements.
  • All substitutions must have written approval.