Instructional Support

Academic Advising Program

The University provides a program of academic advisement to assist students with information about specific programs and University procedures, with career guidance and counseling, and with general academic support throughout their college experiences.

Advisor Assignment

Although students may not have a primary advisor assigned when they register, department chairs and academic advisors are available to assist students. A permanent advisor is assigned during the first two weeks of the first semester of enrollment. Students who have declared a program of study should see the chair of that department for the name and office location of their advisor. Provisional studies' students or students who have not declared a major may contact the Office of Academic Advising and Retention in 321 Allie Young Hall or by calling 606-783-2084. Students who are pursuing a Bachelor of University Studies degree should contact the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at 606-783-9446. It is the student's responsibility to make the initial contact with the academic advisor.

Nontraditional and Commuter Student Counseling

The nontraditional/commuter coordinator is a resource for all undergraduate, nontraditional students who are 23-years of age or older, as well as all commuter students.

The nontraditional/commuter coordinator serves as an advocate for the increasing the number of adult learners, student-veterans, and Project Graduate students at MSU. The coordinator helps link these students to academic and campus resources for concerns such as study habits, time management, family, career, counseling and financial needs.

The nontraditional/commuter coordinator also directs the STEPS project, which provides work-study wages to students participating in K-TAP. The coordinator is located in 303F Breckenridge Hall and can be reached at:, or 606-783-5226.

Required Advisor Contacts

It is essential that students maintain a close relationship with their academic advisors through frequent visits. Students must touch base with the advisor periodically for the following purposes:

  1. To obtain the advisor's approval of the trial schedule prior to registration;
  2. To plan current and future class schedules;
  3. To initiate class changes during the drop/add period; and
  4. To complete the online program evaluation. Transfer students should schedule a conference at the beginning of their first semester at MSU. Students are responsible for verifying and entering his or her own schedule electronically.  

Student Support Services

This program serves students who are first generation college students, meet low-income guidelines, or have a physical or learning disability. An individualized educational plan, which may include tutoring, advising, counseling and cultural enrichment, is designed to meet the unique needs of each student. For information about the program stop by 233 Allie Young Hall, or call 606-783-2614, or visit