Academic Advising

Metropolitan State University employs both professional advisors and faculty advisors to help you succeed in your program.

  • Professional advisors provide academic advising for undergraduate students. They are available year-round and are well informed about services, systems, policies and procedures at Metropolitan State. Professional advisors may have upward of 300 advisees, and are typically very busy during peak registration periods. Professional advisors are generalists who advise students on major prerequisites until the student declares a major. Some professional advisors continue to advise students after they declare a major.
  • Faculty advisors are the experts in their academic disciplines and in the content of major courses. They also have information about careers in their specific field. Since faculty teach courses and have other responsibilities, they advise fewer undergraduate and graduate students than professional advisors. Faculty advisors are not usually available during the summer and other break periods.

If you already know what program you plan to study, there are many advising tools available online. Explore your academic program by selecting your program from the menu. You will find advising tools such as a Major Checklist and other important advising information about the program.

An advising relationship is a partnership between you and your advisor. Your advisor is like a consultant who explains requirements and options. You make the decisions—you are in charge of your education!

You can expect your advisor to:

  • Provide accurate information about the university’s programs, requirements, policies, and procedures to help you make informed academic choices
  • Assist in making educational plans consistent with your goals, abilities and interests. Your advisor is interested in you and what you want to do
  • Assist in exploring alternatives and determining a realistic course load.
  • Assist in selecting courses that best meet your individual and academic goals and requirements
  • Help solve problems related to requirements
  • Help clarify university, college and major requirements, policies and procedures
  • Refer you to appropriate sources of information and assistance
  • Keep notes of issues you discussed and information you were given
  • Keep your records private, as required by law

Your advisor expects you to:

  • Share your interests, concerns, hopes, and goals with your advisor. The better they know you, the better they can advise you
  • Take initiative to contact your advisor when you have a question or concern. Don’t wait until something becomes a problem to see your advisor
  • Make decisions about your program and courses, and develop plans that are realistic to achieve your academic, career and personal goals
  • Take your assessment exams, and complete orientation to gain the information you need to plan your program
  • Check course prerequisites to make sure you are prepared for the course
  • Actively use information from Metropolitan State’s catalog, class schedule, and website
  • Become familiar with the university’s policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Become familiar with the full range of campus resources, and use all those you need
  • Track your progress, and satisfy all requirements for your degree program
  • Keep an updated curriculum checklist for your program including major, GELS and free electives
  • Have your school records available when seeking advising help

With the help of your advisor, it’s important to understand the credit and course requirements when planning your academic program.

Your assigned advisor is listed on your DARS—see the University Directory for contact information. You must use your university email account for all correspondence to ensure your data privacy. If you have not been assigned an advisor, contact your advising center.

If you have questions, contact your advisor. If you are ready to register, click Next.