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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Advising

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/psych/advising.html

What is an advisor?

Your psychology advisor is meant to be a resource for you to help you navigate the major, and to help you think about what you might do after graduation.  Typically, advisors can help you:

  • Select classes
  • Identify careers that would be interesting
  • Provide you with information for how to apply to graduate school
  • Provide advice for dealing with difficult classes 

Your psychology advisor will not:

  • Provide you with advice on meeting your general education requirements.  If you need help with this, you can visit Advising U in Armstrong Hall 114.  
  • Provide advising forms, such as applications for graduation.  You can find the links for commonly requested forms here.  
  • Help you write your resume or conduct mock interviews.  The Career Development Center provides these services, and has a number of helpful resources and tools that will help you through this process.

How do I get an advisor?

You can visit our main office in Armstrong 23 to request an advisor once you have declared a major.  You can change your advisor at any time.

What should I do to prepare for a meeting with my advisor?

  • Make an appointment with your advisor.  Scheduling an appointment with your advisor ensures they will have the time to meet with you, and that they can prepare for the meeting.
  • Print an up-to-date copy of your DARS report (which you can download from eServices on the Registrar's website.)  
  • Write down any questions you have that you would like to ask your advisor.  Make sure to check the undergraduate bulletin and the registrar's website first!
  • If you are visiting your advisor because of academic problems (e.g. academic probation) have a clear plan for how you will improve your performance and be more successful next semester
  • Make sure to show up on time for your meeting!

I am almost ready to graduate... what do I need to do?

You will need to fill out an [PDF] application for graduation (91 KiB) one year in advance.  This gives you time to correct any problems or take any classes you have overlooked.