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. 

Academic Advising Locations

Students can schedule an appointment between the hours of 8:30 a.m. until 4:30p.m. or take advantage of drop in hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.) at any of the five Engagement Centers. We also provide late night advising in the Brody and East Engagement Center from 5:30-8:30pm every Wednesday of the semester.

Note: During the first two weeks of classes only drop-in hours are available.

  • 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


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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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