Welcome First Year Students!

As a first time freshman at Morgan State University (MSU), you are assigned a freshman academic advisor for at least the first year at MSU. The Center for Academic Success Achievement (CASA) academic advisors together with the Office of Student Success and Retention (OSSR) coordinators are responsible for advising ALL first time freshmen at Morgan State University until you meet the criteria to transition to an advisor within your major.

Transition Criteria 

To transition to your major advisor, you must:

  • achieve at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • earn at least 24 credit hours 
  • declare a major

Your Role as an Advisee

It is important to emphasize that the responsibility to meet requirements for graduation at the intended graduation date, both with respect to selecting courses and to completing them satisfactorily, ultimately rests with you, the student.

Therefore, you should:

  • meet with academic advisor at least twice for the semester (e.g. at the start of the semester, before/after midterms, registration for next semester)

  • have periodic "check-ins" with your advisor throughout the semester

  • review the suggested curriculum sequence in Degree Works

  • log in to your Starfish account to connect with your advisor and/or professors

  • be prepared for each advising session

  • check your MSU email regularly

You have an important responsibility in the advising process and you are encouraged to take the initiative to seek advisement and to develop a close relationship with your advisor. Mutual respect between advisor and advisee is a goal of effective advisement programs. You share the responsibility of establishing a productive and respectful relationship with your advisor.