COVID-19 Advisory

Information and updates regarding COVID-19Updated: October 21, 2020

Academic Advising and Transfer Center

COVID-19 Update

Out of concern for everyone's health and safety, the Academic Advising & Transfer Center will not be conducting in-person appointments until such time that we can safely return to that preferred method. Our plan is to utilize technology (phone, email and Zoom) to provide the best possible advising experience while we all navigate this unprecedented situation.

It is very important for you to check your campus email account regularly throughout this process. We also ask you to be sure you will have reliable internet access at the scheduled appointment time. Here is a guide on how to access and use Zoom.

The advisors in the Academic Advising and Transfer Center are happy to meet with prospective students who are exploring majors, including those interested in a pre-health or pre-law profession. We also meet with students interested in the Bachelor of General Studies and Individualized majors. However, if you have already selected a major, it is recommended that you schedule a prospective advising session with an advisor in that area. If you are attending SOAR, you will be required to meet with an advisor and register during that orientation program. You will not be allowed to register earlier by scheduling an advising appointment.

How can I schedule an appointment?

If I have already declared a major, how do I schedule an advising appointment?

  • You will need to reach out to your advisor directly. You can find your advisors’s name in My Missouri State on the Registration Status or Advising Notes link. Many advisors are using Zoom to allow for face to face interaction. You can also explore options of phone or email advising.
When should I schedule my appointment?
  • You are welcome to schedule an appointment anytime you have questions or concerns. We are here to assist you, even at a distance.
How can I prepare for these modified advising appointments?
  • Think about courses you would like to take in future semesters
  • Explore potential majors or minors
What if I need to declare or change my major/minor?
  • Send an email from your Missouri State email to with the following information:
    • Name
    • BearPass Number (M#) number
    • What you want to do (declare major, change major, add 2nd major, add minor, delete minor, etc.)
    • If your new major is offered in multiple degrees (example: BA, BS, BSED, BFA, BME, BMUS, BSN, BSW, etc.) indicate which degree you want to use.
What if I am having trouble with email, Blackboard, or other campus computer systems?

Missouri State University Advising Mission Statement, Adopted December 2009

Academic advisors at Missouri State University provide academic and professional guidance as students develop meaningful educational plans in pursuit of their life goals. Advisors provide students with information about coursework, University policies and procedures, the Public Affairs mission, and career options and opportunities. They require student participation in the decision-making process, help students become lifelong learners, and encourage self-reliant problem solving through exploration of students’ own interests and values. Advisors support students as they seek the best possible education at Missouri State University.

Services Offered by the Academic Advising and Transfer Center to the Campus Community:

  • Provide one-on-one academic advisement for all new, continuing and transfer students with undeclared/exploratory majors.
  • Make available programs, such as the Majors Fair, to benefit students as they explore majors.
  • Supply outreach activities such as presentations for SOAR, GEP 101 classes, and workshops for conditionally admitted students.
  • Coordinate the Master Advisor Program.