Advising and Student Transitions

Academic Advising

New students have the opportunity to work with professional advisors in Honors, the Business Advising Center, the Multicultural Academic Support Center and/or Advising and Student Transitions.  As students advance in their academic career, they will transition to a major or departmental advisor, normally a faculty member in their field of study.

Advisers will...

  • Help you clarify your educational goals
  • Understand the Liberal Education Curriculum
  • Discuss major and/or minor options
  • Provide assistance in course selection
  • Explain university academic policies and graduation requirements
  • Encourage you to be responsible for your own academic progress
  • Provide referrals to additional campus resources
  • Take time to listen

Students / Advisees will…

  • Gather all relevant information (DARs, degree map, catalog, advisor recommendations) before making decisions that affect your educational goals
  • Schedule and attend advising appointments at least once per semester
  • Be courteous (schedule appointments early and cancel or reschedule if necessary)
  • Come prepared with questions and/or topics to discuss about courses, majors/careers, and getting connected to campus
  • Take primary responsibility for course selection
  • Provide your advisor with honest and accurate information regarding your interests, abilities, values, academic progress, and goals
  • Complete a Graduation Plan by the end of their second semester at St. Cloud State

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission:
To promote student success and retention, empowering students to achieve their academic, personal and career goals through advising, orientation and transition programming.

Our Vision:
Professional, caring and collaborative leaders recognized for providing holistic support in advising and student transitions at the campus, regional and national level.