Advising Quick Guide and Advising Map

Check out these resources to help you make the most of your advising experience! The Advising Quick Guide highlights all of the expectations for students and advisors during the advising process. There are links to great resources, too. The printable Advising Map highlights key advising to-do’s for your first year on campus to graduation.

Navigate360 Student (Formerly called Navigate Student)

Advising Technology

Using Navigate Student

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As of the 24.4 release of Navigate360 Student, expected around April 11, 2024, users must have iOS 16.4 or higher OR Android 11 or higher to use the mobile app. Users will see an error and will not be able to load the Navigate360 Student mobile app if their operating system is lower than iOS 16.4 or Android 11.

  • Use Navigate360 Student to schedule appointments with academic advisors, success coaches,  and much more.
  • Build and adjust academic plans.
  • Receive mobile push notifications specific to your campus “path”.
  • Check out the major and career exploration tools for students who are exploring program options.
  • You’ll receive announcements about campus events, clubs, and ways to get involved.
  • Work with ITS if you need assistance with your MSU Denver login information. You do need to have an MSU Denver Net ID and password to access Navigate Student.


Access Navigate Student from a desktop computer or download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

2:54 minutes | Closed Captioned | Navigate360 Student Appointment Scheduling

Academic Planner

Academic Planner is an interactive tool within Navigate360 Student that allows for the creation of semester-by-semester course plans in a shared online space.

  • Academic Planner doesn’t replace your Degree Progress Report (DPR) or any guides you receive from your academic department. You’ll still use your DPR to see your progress toward completing degree requirements.
  • Think of Academic Planner as a tool to outline and organize a path to graduation.
  • Use it each semester as you check your degree progress and get ready to register for classes.
  • Give it a try! Ask a professional academic advisor about it if you have questions.

6:12 minutes | Closed Captioned | Learn how to use Academic Planner

Roles and Responsibilities

Academic advising includes, but is not limited to, guidance on choosing majors, minors, concentrations, and other academic programs; connecting academic choices to career planning; helping students understand academic policies and procedures; and referring students to University resources, as appropriate.

Academic advisors and students both have roles and responsibilities in the academic advising process. When advisors and students bring their best to the table, advising:

  • Empowers students.
  • Serves as a form of teaching.
  • Is responsive to student goals.
  • Is developmental in nature.
  • Is provided in an accurate and timely manner.

(Note: The table below shows student and advisor responsibilities in the advising process.)


Student Responsibilities Advisor Responsibilities
Maintain regular contact with your advisor. Be reasonably and predictably accessible to you via multiple channels.
Come to each advising session prepared to ask questions and discuss concerns. Address your questions and concerns.
Check your University email regularly, manage your inbox, and respond to actionable items. Stay current with University degree requirements, academic programs and policies, and campus resources.
Use the appropriate academic catalog and other resources to become knowledgeable about academic requirements, policies, and procedures. (Ask an advisor if you aren’t sure what catalog you should be using. You can also find this information on your Degree Progress Report.) Interpret University policies, procedures, and requirements.
Examine and attempt to clarify your interests, values and abilities as you define your educational goals and develop your educational plan and be willing to share what you discover. Create a reflective, supportive, and safe environment for you to explore academic ideas.
Accept primary and increasing responsibility for your decisions and actions (or inactions) as they relate to your college experience. Advocate for your best interests within the structure of the University.
Assist you in connecting academic and career goals, utilizing campus resources as applicable.
Adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).



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Definitions of Terms

We use a lot of slang, jargon, and abbreviations in higher education. The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences put together definitions of some of the most used terms heard around campus.

Definitions of Terms