TRIO advisors are ready and willing to meet with you for a variety of reasons, such as helping you plan your class schedule, discussing academics, questions about your degree or possible careers, personal counseling, financial concerns, or information about internships and/or job shadowing opportunities.
Prepare for your appointment
In order for your advising appointment to be beneficial, you will need to come prepared. Prior to your appointment you will need to:
- Make a list of questions or concerns you want to ask your advisor.
- Remember to bring any pertinent documents or academic records with you to the appointment.
- Relax! Remember that your advisor is here to help and support you.
Are you still unsure about meeting with your advisor? Here are some commonly asked questions about academic advising and registration at MSU.
Are all MSU students required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration each semester?
All freshmen and sophomores at MSU are required to meet with their advisor to obtain an advisor release before they will be allowed to register online. Upperclassmen that have earned between 61-125 credit hours are able to register online without an advisor release - however, we strongly recommend checking you proposed schedule with an advisor before registering.
Is meeting with your TRIO or department advisor more than once a semester inappropriate?
Of course not! Your TRIO advisor is always happy to see you and answer any questions you might have. Feel free to stop by any time you have a question or just need to bounce an idea off of someone. Your advisor should be a resource for you and a great advocate. If you establish a strong working relationship with your advisor, that person may also act as a reference for a future job, scholarship or graduate school.
Since my advisor keeps track of all requirements at MSU, do I need to keep up on changes in my major or general education requirements as well?
As a student, it is your responsibility to be informed regarding any changes in your major, minor or general education requirements. You and your advisor should work as a TEAM. You should never trust your entire fate as a students to someone else but stay current on requirements needed to graduate on time.
When do I register, where do I register, and how do I get the best possible class selection?
There is a strict sequence for class registration at MSU based on the number of credit hours you have completed (not including the hours you are currently enrolled in) and the last two digits of your social security number. If you are unsure about when to register for classes, you can check the registration sequence on the Missouri State website or ask your advisor to show you.