Advising Services

Academic advising involves planning an academic schedule in preparation for enrollment in classes and takes place within the student's major. Students should meet with their advisers once or twice a year by appointment to check on their progress towards meeting degree requirements, discuss options for the coming year, and get approval for their selections to meet flexible requirements such as cognates. Since annual enrollment takes place each spring, most students schedule an appointment to meet with their major advisers identified on the CAL Advising Locations list between February and April. 

  • Undergraduate students who wish to explore career options, discuss preparation for careers, develop job or graduate school search strategies, or seek internships can arrange a personal appointment to meet with Becky Brewer, Career Services Field Representative, for career advising.
  • Students who are struggling with personal problems they would like to discuss with a professional psychologist or social worker may arrange an appointment to meet with a member of the University Counseling Center staff for personal counseling.
  • College of Arts & Letters students with questions about Study Abroad opportunities, including internships in other countries, may arrange an appointment to meet with Bethany Judge, Director of Undergraduate Affairs & Study Abroad, in the Undergraduate Affairs Office.
  • College of Arts & Letters students who participate in Spartan Athletics may arrange appointments with Bethany Judge, Director of Undergraduate Affairs & Study Abroad, in the Undergraduate Affairs Office, for regular academic advising and mandatory monitoring of academic progress ("athlete certification") associated with NCAA Athletics.

College of Arts & Letters juniors and seniors (students with 56 credits or more) who have a wide variety of special concerns related to their academic progress may arrange an appointment in the Undergraduate Affairs Office with Bethany Judge, Director of Undergraduate Affairs & Study Abroad, to discuss their particular circumstances. Such problems include but are not limited to:

  • Late drops, also called "Dean's drops"
  • Withdrawals from all classes
  • Personal emergencies that may affect academic progress
  • Academic probation, recess, or dismissal
  • Certification requirements for Veteran's benefits, graduate applications, etc.
  • Readmission after a year or more away from MSU
  • Final exam policy problems or conflicts
  • Need for clarification of unresolved academic policy questions
  • Financial aid appeals related to unsatisfactory academic progress

College of Arts & Letters freshmen and sophomores (students with fewer than 56 credits) with similar concerns should direct them to their Undergraduate Student Affairs Office within the Undergraduate University Division (UUD).