You might have missed these important steps to get you ready for your journey at MSU Denver.
Welcome to the CLAS Academic Advising Resources Site
As an MSU Denver student, you have access to professional academic advisors and faculty advisors, as well as staff in other offices that can help you navigate college. Whether you’re needing help with general academic advising, deciding on a major, sorting out transfer credit, looking for referrals, choosing classes for next semester, or exploring careers, we’ve got you covered.
It is common for students to have more than one advisor during their time at MSU Denver.
Students generally work with their professional academic advisor/s first and then transition to working with faculty advisors in their department. Keep in mind, this varies by department, so double check before you schedule.
Regardless of which advisor you see, try to meet with them early and often. Check in with someone at least once a semester.
When to meet with a Professional Academic Advisor...
Professional Academic Advisors can help you:
- Explore and declare a major, minor, and/or concentration
- Design a class schedule
- Teach you how to use tools like the Registration system and the Degree Progress Report
- Connect you with your Academic Department and other support offices
- And much more!
When to meet with a Faculty Advisor...
Faculty are the people who teach your classes and some of them advise too! Faculty Advisors:
- Are experts in their fields
- Provide students with recommendations for major or minor course selection
- Assist students with identifying internship and career opportunities
- Offer guidance for students considering graduate school
- Serve as references or write letters of recommendation
Find your Professional Academic Advisor
Use the search tool to look up your Professional Academic Advisor, find their contact information or make an appointment.
Use this link to be taken to the search tool directly.
Ready to meet? Schedule an appointment
Professional academic advisors use SSC Navigate to schedule in-person, phone, or virtual appointments. Remember: Not all professional academic advisors offer all formats.Need to connect with a faculty advisor instead? Contact your department.
Follow these steps to schedule
Select “Schedule an Appointment”
- What type of appointment you would like to schedule? Select “Academic Advising”
- Select the service that best fits your needs. Services are the reasons you want to see an advisor – what you’re coming in for.
- Pick a Date
- Pick an appointment type – virtual, in-person, or phone
- Select the location and staff
- You should only have the option to choose the location that houses your major. If you are wanting to learn about a different major or minor, you will choose the location where that major or minor is housed. If you don’t see an option to choose that location, go back to the “service category” and be sure to choose “selecting a major, minor, concentration, or certificate”
- If you haven’t chosen a major, select “undeclared/exploratory”
- Select a date to see available times
- If the date you select does not show any times, it means the advisor does not have availability for that date and you need to choose a different date
- Select a date and time
- Select the time that works for you (you’ll have a chance to review the appointment details and leave comments for the advisor before the appointment is confirmed)
- Select the type of reminders you’d like to receive for the appointment
- Select “Confirm Appointment” at the bottom of the screen
You may cancel or reschedule your appointment. Please let someone know if you will not be able to make a scheduled and confirmed appointment so we can work with you to get you rescheduled.
Faculty advisors may have other options for scheduling. You may schedule with them by calling a department front desk or emailing them directly.
Check with your department for information about other options, including virtual or in-person drop-in advising times.
Never been to an advising appointment? Lets get you prepared.
Advising is a partnership.
- Maintain regular contact with your advisor.
- Come to each advising session prepared to ask questions and discuss concerns.
- Check your University email regularly.
- Use the academic catalog and other appropriate resources to become knowledgeable of academic requirements, policies, and procedures.
- 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.
- Accept primary and increasing responsibility for your decisions and actions (or inactions) as they relate to your college experience
Here is what you can expect from your professional academic advisors and faculty advisors. They will:
- Be reasonably and predictably accessible to you via multiple channels.
- Address your questions and concerns.
- Stay current with University degree requirements, academic programs and policies, and campus resources.
- Interpret University policies, procedures, and requirements.
- Create a reflective, supportive, and safe environment for you to explore academic ideas.
- 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)
I scheduled my appointment with my advisor. Now what?
Check out these Advising Resources
It’s OK if you’re still exploring! We have an exploratory advisor in the College who can help you explore our majors and minors.
Contact Leah Butler, Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist for General Advising.
Professional academic advisors and faculty advisors are available for the different types of appointments. However, advising formats vary by advisor availability. We suggest to check with your advisor on offered advising formats before scheduling an appointment or students will be able to view available advising formats when they schedule an appointment in SSC.
- Virtual Advising. Advisors will connect with students online for video call appointments (either through Microsoft Teams or Zoom).
- Phone Advising. Advisors call students for appointments over the phone.
- In-Person Advising. Advisors meet with students on-campus, face-to-face. In-person advising is available by appointment or during drop-in times only.
Advisors offer virtual, phone or in-person advising options. However, not all advisors offer all advising formats.
Students should schedule an appointment or arrive during your advisors listed drop-in hours. Some advisors may have in-person or virtual drop-in hours so we suggest students confirm advisor drop-in hours before coming to campus.
When scheduling your appointment, please select the advising format that works best for you. If you do not see your preferred advising format listed, use the notes section to indicate which option works best for you and your advisor will do their best to accommodate all your advising needs.