Academic Advising


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:

Drop-In Advising from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please go to the link below for instructions on how to get in the queue for Drop in Advising.


Go to

  1. Choose Schedule Online/Remote Appointment (right corner).
  2. Select “Advising” under What type of appointment would you like to schedule.
  3. Select “NSSC Exploratory Advising” under Service Category.
  4. Select “Exploratory Preference and Major Exploration Advising” under Pick a Service and then click next.
  5. Select Online Engagement Center – Advising under Location.
  6. Pick a staff member: You can select a specific advisor or leave blank.
  7. Choose an appointment date and time, as well as briefly state your reason for visiting. Then confirm.


Academic Advising Locations (All Remote Advising)

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 5:30-9:30pm every Tuesday and Wednesday of the semester.

  • Brody Engagement Center: 160 Brody Hall, 517-884-6670
  • East Engagement Center: C130 Hubbard Hall, 517-884-3501
  • 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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