Freshman Academic Advising Hold

An advisor hold is placed on each freshman student's academic record at the beginning of the fall semester. Thus, the student must meet with an academic advisor to make any changes to his/her class schedule. Once the advisor has met with the student and the student has been advised then the advisor will advance or temporarily lift the advisor hold to allow the student to register for courses via WebSIS. The hold will be placed back onto the student's account once the student has made the necessary changes. 

The Purpose of the Advisor Hold
There are numerous benefits to placing an advisor hold on a student's account.

  • It ensures that the student is receiving proper guidance in regards to scheduling, major exploration/declaration, resolving academic difficulties, understanding policies and procedures of MSU, offering academic resources throughout campus, and monitoring academic progress.
  • A hold prevents students from adding/dropping/withdrawing/registering for courses in WebSIS without first speaking with their academic advisor.
  • If a student is interested in withdrawing from a course, the advisor hold prevents this process via WebSIS. Most importantly, it requires the student to discuss the challenging course and reason for wanting to withdraw with his/her advisor in order to learn more about the withdrawal process, deadlines, and consequences.
  • The student is encouraged to receive academic advisement prior to the next registration period

Removal of the Academic Advising Hold
The advisor hold is removed from a student's WEBSIS account when the student has met the criteria to transition to his/her departmental advisor.

Transition Criteria
A student must meet all of the following requirements for the first year advising hold to be removed from his/her WEBSIS account.

  • Achieve at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Earn at least 24 credit hours
  • Declare a major