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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Academic Advising

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Academic advising is an ongoing process with students to work with together to clarify goals, establish meaningful educational plans, effective use resources, and seek out opportunities. An advisor is assigned to students to answer a variety of academic-related questions. 

The following websites provides you information on important advising information and resources.

How does academic advising work in the College of Social and Behvaioral Sciences?       

  • Each student is assigned a faculty/major advisor for major advising and involvement.
  • All students are encouraged to visit the Advising Center for general education, general advising, and application for graduation questions.

Declaring your Major or Changing your Advisor

  • Declare a major or change your advisor by going to that department’s office
  • After reviewing your new advisor, it will appear on your Degree Audit Report (DARs)
  • Set up a meeting with your assigned academic advisor by stopping in during office hours, calling, or by e-mailing

When should you see faculty/staff advisor vs. Advising Center advisor?

Faculty/ Staff Advisor:

Advising Center Advisor:

  • Major course advising and questions
  • Admission to major requirements and processes
  • Internships and career fields
  • Research opportunities
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Transfer of credit related to major course work
  • To find your advisor, click here. 

  • First Year Advising 
  • General education questions and advising
  • General advising questions
  • Support and tutoring resources on campus
  • Academic warning and probation advising
  • Questions about applying for graduation
  • Schedule a meeting with an Advising Center advisor by calling 507-389-2416 or visiting us in Armstrong Hall 114.


**We recommend that each students meets with their advisor once a semester at least. It is important to consult with them prior to registering for classes for the upcoming semester. This way the advisors can ensure that the student is selecting courses that they need. 

Preparing to meet with your faculty/staff advisor: 

  1. Schedule an appointment with them by emailing,calling or going to their office.
  2. Know what you want to discuss with them. Write down your questions ahead of time.
    • Examples of questions: What are the admission requirements/processes for the major? How can I get involved in my major? What types of career fields to people pursue with this major? Do I need a minor, and what would be a good minor for my career interests?
  3. Bring your Degree Audit Report (DARS) and/or transcript to the meeting and whatever other materials that will be useful for the meeting.       


  • How do I get upper division permission (300-400 level courses)?
    • Permission is granted from your declared major department and entered by the office manager
    • Note: Must be accepted into program to have permission
  • How do I change my advisor?
    • You may request a different advisor at the department office of your major
  • When should I apply for graduation?