Montana State University

Architecture

Advising Goals

To provide each student with individual, accurate, consistent, accessible, and personal advising.

Advising Policy

Incoming freshmen and transfer students are immediately assigned to the Director of Student Services (DSS). The DSS becomes a secondary advisor to freshmen and transfer students at the first pre-registration session, at which time a primary advisor is assigned. Both the DSS and the primary advisor are assigned and available to the student for the five-year duration of our program. Advising is required prior to the freshman year, and at each pre-registration point. Advising is particularly important for freshmen, to help the student complete the required courses for admission into second year. It is also important during the fifth year when the student is striving to meet graduation requirements.

Recent Changes and Future Plans

To Improve Quality of Advising

The school recently appointed a tenured faculty member to serve as director of student services. The person in this position is responsible for freshmen and transfer student orientations, advisor (secondary) of freshmen and transfer students, and coordinator of graduates. Having a person in this position has provided consistency and accessibility for our students.

To Improve Accessibility of Advisors

The director of student services provides the needed accessibility.