Academic Advising for Exploratory Preference and Exploring students


Academic Advisors

The NSSC Academic Advisor provides one-on-one academic advisement for primarily first and second year students at MSU. Additionally, advisors provide success coaching intake and serve as the exploration experts on campus. It is recommended that you see an Academic Advisor twice a semester in order to be successful and to stay on track to graduating on time.


To speak with an advisor Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm 


For late night advising:

Wednesday-Thursday 5:30-8:30pm EST: Use the link below for drop in advising.


Drop-in advising:

Drop-in advising is immediate during advising hours. You will be contacted by email/phone as soon as an advisor is available.

Please go to the link below to sign-in for drop-in advising. Please note you must be logged in to google with your MSU email address before filling out the form.


Live Chat With Us:

Weekly “Live Chats” with NSSC’s advisors take place on Wednesdays, from 8:00pm-9:00pm via Zoom at: passcode: 045138. We can help you address specifics such as, should I drop a course, how do I change my schedule, or should I select S/NS grading and how will that impact my GPA. In addition, we can answer any general questions, challenges, and concerns, regarding enrollment, resources, remote learning, and student engagement.


Schedule an advising appointment:
  • Log into
  • Once you are in the system, you will click on the “Academic Progress Tile”
  • Select ADVISING/TUTORING APPOINTMENTS on the left hand column. Then click CREATE NEW APPOINTMENT (blue box)
  • Use the drop-down menu in “Category” and select ADVISING
  • Use the drop-down menu in “Advising or Tutoring Unit”
    • Select the College you want to meet with
      • NOTE: To meet with an Exploratory Preference advisor, please select NEIGHBORHOOD STUDENT SUCCESS COLLABORATIVE
  • Use the drop-down menu in “Appointment Reason”
    • Select the Major or Program you want to meet with
  • You must indicate your reason for the advising appointment in “Additional Information Required”
    • Provide a statement for why you want to meet with the advisor - please include any questions or thoughts.
  • Use the drop-down menu in “Appointment Type” to select in-person, email, phone of Zoom.
    • NOTE: Zoom, Email, or Phone may be the only option available at this time due to remote learning and COVID-19
  • Click Select Advisor.
    • Once you complete the above process, you will see the available advisors, times, URL, and the email and/or phone number of the advisor. You can now select a time and date

Academic Advising Locations 

Students can schedule an appointment between the hours of 8:30 a.m. until 4:30p.m. We also provide virtual late night advising from 5:30-9:00pm every Wednesday and Thursday of the semester.

  • Brody Engagement Center: 160 Brody Hall, 517-884-6670
  • North Engagement Center: 200 Union Building, 517-884-4050
  • River Trail Engagement Center: C101 McDonel Hall, 517-884-4080
  • South Engagement Center: Holden Hall, 517-884-6680


Exploratory Preference

Choosing Exploratory Preference is a wise choice because most other students change their majors one or more times. It allows you to more intentionally explore options. Majors have electives built in, so there’s room to take classes from different majors, and many majors can be completed in just two years, since the number of credits for a major is only a fraction of those required for a degree. Also, it’s important to know that for many careers your major is not the most important qualification (passion for the field, well-rounded experience, and good grades often matter more). Many careers require a college degree, but not a specific major, so explore your passions.



The Academic Programs Catalog is a good place to begin exploring over a hundred majors. A Neighborhood advisor can discuss your interests and options with you, and help you make a schedule for exploring. Undergraduate education is designed to be broad (i.e., much more than just a major) to develop transferrable skills that prepare you for the multiple careers you will likely have over your lifetime in the modern economy. And it’s designed to foster personal growth (which also makes you a stronger job candidate). So choosing a major to pursue a passion isn’t necessarily in conflict with a future career, even if unrelated to your major, since specific majors are often not relevant to employers. Therefore, take advantage of this amazing opportunity to find a major that’s a good fit. Enjoy your journey of exploration, growth and discovery!


Exploratory Preference

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