The Benefits Of Year-Round Advising

Good academic advising gives you the tools you need to plan for your future.

Academic advising is an important function of higher education. The role of advising is to guide you, the student, on how to transition to your learning environment and become the primary architect and executor of your own education plans.

Academic Advising Helps You To:

  • Understand the structure of your chosen curriculum.
  • Learn how general education and major courses work together to enhance your development within your chosen discipline.
  • Explore majors, minors and future career opportunities.
  • Think critically about why you are at school and what you want to study.
  • Strategize solutions to new or challenging situations.
  • Understand how to execute the administrative tasks you need to in order to register on time and into the correct courses.
  • Navigate the campus to find out where to find support when you need it.

Ultimately, good academic advising gives you the tools you need to plan for your future.

Academic Advising @ MSU

Depending on your student status and declaration of major, you may have two advisors, especially your freshman and sophomore years. For students in special programs like EOF, HCP, Veteran/ Military, Athletes, Adult Learners, there are additional resources and advisors for you throughout your undergraduate career. Make sure to meet with at least one of your advisors on a regular basis! To find your advisors, log on to WESS.

Do You Need to Get a PIN for Fall 2016 Registration?

Some students are required to complete mandatory advising before they will be eligible to access NEST and register for the fall. Once they complete mandatory advising and any additional requirements, they will be issued a 6 digit PIN that they will need to use to register in NEST. Students** who are required to obtain a PIN have received email and/or phone notifications from Advisors at this time.

**If you are presently a freshman, are currently undeclared, are on academic action and/or are part of special admit cohort (KIPP, Adult Learner, Veteran/Military, EOF) you are required to obtain a PIN. Please reach out to your Advisor as soon as possible.

Feeling Lost?

Refer to the table below to determine how many credits you have and with whom you should meet for advising:

If you are... Undeclared Declared
Freshman (0-30 credits)
Sophomore (30-59 credits)
Center for Advising & Student Transitions (CAST - Webster Hall) Faculty or departmental advisor
Transfer Student (30-59 credits) Center for Advising & Student Transitions (CAST - Webster Hall) Faculty or departmental advisor
Junior & Senior (60+ credits)
Transfer Student (60+ credits)
N/A Faculty or departmental advisor

Academic Success & Retention Programs (ASRP)
– Webster Hall, 3rd floor
EOF Student       
any year
Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF - Webster Hall) Faculty or departmental advisor + Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF - Webster Hall)
Adult Learner
Veteran/Military
KIPP Scholars
Office of Academic Success & Retention Programs (ASRP -Webster Hall) Faculty or departmental advisor

Feel lost? You're always welcome at the Office of Academic Success & Retention Programs (ASRP - Webster Hall)

What’s Next?

• Meet with your Advisor (refer to chart above) and receive your PIN (if applicable)
Visit NEST and become familiar with the new tool
• Know your scheduled registration time

This is also a great time to re-focus on your spring 2016 classes. Use the online GPA calculator to predict your GPA for the spring 2016 semester. How does this GPA compare with what you were hoping to earn? What can you do now to improve it? Form a study group or take advantage of free tutoring. Set up a meeting with your advisor to strategize about a successful completion of your spring 2016 courses.

Live Advisor

Did you know, The Center for Advising & Student Transitions (CAST)** offers Live Advisor, an online tool where you can ask any academic questions you have related to advising?

**Live advising hours are subject to change and referrals will be made where necessary

When Is It Live?

Live advising is available during priority week, Monday, April 13 – Monday, April 20:

  • Mondays - Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.

Visit Live Advisor Today and Ask Away!