Academic Advising

MSU and the Office of Academic Advising and Retention is committed to student overall student success. Academic advising is a crucial component to helping students succeed. Students are assigned an academic advisor to provide guidance in their major and success coaching, as well as career planning and placement. 

Additionally, MSU has professional advising staff in each college to help students navigate their degree plan, course scheduling and other questions they may have throughout the transition to college life. The professional advisors work collaboratively with faculty advisors to ensure that each student has access to high-quality academic guidance and support.

For additional information, contact the Office of Academic Advising and Retention at 606-783-2084.

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. Students should actively seek advisement from their academic advisor throughout their educational career. Further, students are strongly encouraged to meet early and frequently in the first semester, and subsequent semesters, to discuss and develop a comprehensive academic plan.

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 to further map out the academic plan. Transfer students should schedule a conference at the beginning or prior to their first semester at MSU. 
Note: Students are responsible for verifying and entering his or her own schedule electronically. Advisors are not authorized to make official electronic changes to course schedules.

Minority Retention and Academic Services

Minority academic services include advising, mentoring, workshops, tutoring and study groups for minority students. For more information, call 606-783-5208.

Nontraditional and Commuter Student Counseling

Services provided by 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.