The Undergraduate University Division (UUD) provides academic advising primarily for freshmen (0-27 credits) and sophomores (28-55 credits) and is the primary advising unit for No-Preference/Exploratory students. UUD also serves as the Assistant Dean for all freshmen and sophomores who are NOT members of a residental college. UUD academic advisors are available to help students make informed decisions about their major exploration, academics policies and procedures. The advisors will assist students in identifying support services that can help them achieve academic success.
Academic advising is a collaborative effort between students and advisor(s). Students are best served when they are active participants in the advising process.
Taking an active role in the advising process:
- See an academic advisor at least once each semester. You can schedule an appointment or take advantage of walk-in hours.
- Think about what you would like to get out of your advising session
- Come prepared to give the advising session your full attention
- Bring a list of courses that you are interested in taking; particularly courses for a major you are exploring
- Bring a list of possible majors that you are interested in exploring.
- Check the online Academic Program Catalog for courses needed for a particular major.
- Check that the course is offered the semester you want it because some courses are sequential and only offered in the fall or spring.
- Check Schedule of Courses for class times and for course pre-requisites.
- Ask questions if you don't understand something
- Take notes and keep copies of your advising material in a folder
- Follow through with the recommended support services
- Read all MSU email from UUD, the Registrar’s Office or other University officials
- Check StuInfo for any holds that may be on your account. You will not be allowed to enroll if there are holds on your account.
- If you are exploring major options, check the online Academic Program Catalog for courses needed for the major(s) you are exploring.
- Bring a list of possible course selections.
- Some courses are sequential and only offered in the fall or spring. Check Schedule of Courses for class times, the semester a class is offered and for course pre-requisites.
- Write down and bring with you any questions you may have.
- Freshmen and Sophomores can go to any one of the Neighborhood UUD advising offices to initiate a major change.
- Freshmen and Sophomores who are NOT members of a residential college may also submit a major change request via email. The email:
- MUST be from your MSU mail account
- Request is to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- “Request for Major Change" must be in Subject Line
- Request must include:
- Name (Last Name followed by First Name)
- Current Major
- New Major
Some other ways that students can actively participate are to:
Enrollment for the summer, fall and spring semesters of the next academic year takes place during Spring Semester. The Registrar assigns students a day and time when they can access the enrollment system and begin enrolling for the following academic year. Students cannot begin annual enrollment until their assigned appointment time but may enroll anytime after their appointment time. Students can check StuInfo for their scheduled enrollment access time.
Avoid the Last Minute Rush! See an advisor well in advance of your scheduled appointment time.
How to prepare for your advising session:
NOTE: Incoming freshmen and transfer students who wish to change their major will have an opportunity to so during their Academic Orientation Program (AOP). After completing AOP, no major change requests can be processed until classes begin in August.
UUD can only change the primary major of Freshmen and Sophomores. Juniors and Seniors must go the the advisor of the major they wish to declare to initiate a major change.
To add an additional major, a second degree, a minor and/or a specialization also requires that a student meet with the advisor in the department that administers it.
Advising information for the different colleges can be found here:
Undergraduate Advising Offices
Freshmen and Sophmores who are members of James Madison, Lyman Briggs or the Residential College of the Arts and Humanities must first go to their respective residential college to initiate the major change and then bring completed paperwork to a UUD advising office to complete the major change.
Students can schedule an appointment to see a UUD advisor by calling the UUD office they would like to visit.
Brody Engagement Center: 160 Brody Hall; 241 W. Brody Rd.; 517-353-3863
Holden Engagement Center: ; Holden Hall; 234 Wilson Rd. 517-884-6680
- Hubbard Engagement Center: C130 Hubbard Hall; 964 Hubbard Rd.; 517-884-3501
- North Engagement Center: 200 Union Bldg.; 49 Abbott Rd.; 517-884-4050
- River Trail Engagement Center: C101 McDonel Hall; 817 E Shaw Ln.; 517-884-4080
Summer 2014: Advising will be available in the Brody and North Engagement Centers.
Advising Office Hours:
Open: 8a.m. until noon
Closed for lunch from Noon - 1p.m.
Open: 1p.m. - 5p.m.