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World renown faculty and researchers make Oklahoma State University one of the countries premier land-grant institutions, but they are still just people whose mission is to help you along the way.  It's important to make connections with your advisor, professors and staff while you are a student. We all want YOU to succeed.




Types of advising

There are three basic types of academic advisors at OSU. You can find your advisor's information on your MyOKSTATE homepage. Your advising experience will vary based on your academic college and you may experience a combination of these advising types throughout your college experience.

Professional advisors are generally centrally-located in an academic college’s student success center. These individuals have a wide range of knowledge regarding majors within their specific academic college.

Major/Departmental advisors are generally located within the specific department office and advise students within specific majors within that department.

Faculty advisors are generally located throughout the college. These advisors are faculty members who are knowledgeable about the curriculum, mentor students within their field of study and hold specific office hours for advising.

Additional advising

In addition to your academic advisor, based on your specific student type or career aspiration, you may have additional advisors. If you are an Honors student or student-athlete you will have an additional advisor. If you are interested in a pre-health or pre-law degree you have the option to meet with an advisor to help with prerequisites, interview prep or law or health school application assistance.

How to have a good advising appointment


  • Find your enrollment date, based on credit hours earned.
  • Make an advising appointment early in the semester.
  • Review your degree requirements sheet.
  • Utilize major and career exploration tools from OSU Career Services or MyMajors if needed.
  • Log in to your MyOKSTATE portal and look at available course sections. In addition, review your registration holds under the “Student Records” section. Registration holds must be cleared before you will be able to enroll.
  • Think FINISH IN FOUR. Plan on taking 15 hours per semester and/or averaging 30 hours per year.
  • Create or review your four-year academic plan.


  • Review major and minor options with your advisor.
  • Talk about your four-year academic plan.
  • Discuss ways to enhance your experience at OSU. Find out about Study Abroad programs that would work well with your major, scholarships that you can apply for and getting more out of your degree by graduating with honors or distinction.
  • Ask about any course overrides or special permissions. Your advisor should be able to direct you on how to obtain these.


  • Deliver any necessary paperwork to the Office of the Registrar, 324 Student Union.
  • Keep all the documents from your advising appointment.
  • Plan out possible schedules based on your conversation with your advisor about courses.
  • Enroll in courses on MyOKSTATE on or after your enrollment date.
  • Print or screenshot your detailed schedule.
  • If you need to change your schedule, consult with with your academic advisor first. In addition, refer to the academic calendar for important drop, add and withdraw deadlines. 

Faculty Relationships

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Understanding your coursework and subject matter is very important. When you begin a class, your professor will provide a syllabus. This will include their office hours, location and contact information. In addition to academic support resources, take advantage of those hours to meet with your professor outside of class for assistance.
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