MSU Denver

What we do

Academic Advising at MSU Denver uses a collaborative model based on best practices as defined by the National Academic Advising Association and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS Standards). Using a developmental model of advising, we provide information about college policies and processes, assistance in major selection, and referrals to offices and staff for issues we are unable to address.

Several different types of advisors provide academic advising. Faculty advisors guide students on programs and majors, as well as help connecting students to career and graduate education related to the academic discipline. Professional/staff advisors help students toward the beginning of their academic careers. It is common for students to have more than one advisor available to them at any given time.

Professional Academic Advisors for undeclared/exploratory students are housed in Student Success Building 170. College and Program-specific Advisors are housed in offices across campus (contact info listed under the left menu).

Faculty Advisors provide services for students who have declared their majors.

Academic advisors and students each have roles and responsibilities in the academic advising process. 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 & procedures; and referring students to university resources, as appropriate.

Goals of Academic Advising at MSU Denver

  • Empower students
  • Is a form of teaching
  • Respond to student goals
  • Is developmental in nature
  • Is accurate and timely

Student Learning Outcomes upon graduation:

  • Students can identify advisor(s) appropriate to their academic career stage
  • Students choose academic programs appropriate for their educational and life goals
  • Students are able to use appropriate academic planning tools
  • Students develop an academic plan/roadmap that defines expected academic milestones/success markers
  • Students have regular meaningful interactions with an appropriate academic advisor
  • Students complete academic milestones/success markers appropriate for their academic program and stage
  • Students understand their role and responsibilities in the academic advising process
  • Students are able to access appropriate supplementary resources

Advising Systems Staff

Advising Systems Contact Information

Student Success Building 170

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Stephanie Allen


Advising Systems

Kimberly Williams

Associate Director, Advising Systems, Intervention Services


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Brandy Swanson

Brandy Swanson

Coordinator for Training and Development, Advising Systems

Ascent Academic Advisor


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Patrick Wise

Advising Coordinator, Intervention Services


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