What is academic advising?

Advising in RCAH supports the classroom learning by partnering with the students in their planning, exploration, and understanding of their academic requirements and career options. You academic advisor is full-time, professional staff member who will assist with your academic planning from orientation to graduation. 

Students should maintain regular contact with their advisor—at least one or two advising visits per year, plus additional visits whenever academic or personal concerns arise. Students are expected to know degree requirements and to take a lead role in developing a plan of study that supports their academic and career goals.

By working closely with their advisor, students learn how to take full advantage of the vast opportunities available at MSU. Academic advisors can help students incorporate study abroad, study away, dual majors, specializations, and internships into their programs.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT NOW with your academic advisor.

What is faculty advising?

Faculty advising is a collaboration between a student and a faculty member to explore the liberal arts degree and its application.

Faculty advisors will be assigned to you, based on your interests. For incoming students, you will have the opportunity to meet with your faculty advisor at Fall Welcome. This faculty member will be a resource in developing your ideas and goals for how arts and humanities will guide your future career and pursuits.

You are encouraged to meet with your faculty advisor at least once or twice a year to discuss your career goals and interests. Contact your faculty advisor directly to schedule a time to meet.


Niki Rudolph
Director of Student Affairs
Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Michigan State University
C210D Snyder Hall
(517) 355-0210