Academic advisors are faculty and staff assigned to help you make the most of your time at UMSL. They serve as your guide, interpreter and mentor. Your advisor will help you learn to navigate campus, your academic preparation, course preferences, and your advisor's knowledge of University requirements will come together as your craft an UMSL academic plan.

Before you meet with an academic advisor, please take a look at the 4 year plan for your major in the Bulletin (, as well as, the Schedule of Classes on MyView ( After all, you want to be in the driver's seat as you plan your educational path! Your advisors look forward to working with you to create your academic plan at UMSL! 

All students new to UMSL are required to meet with an academic advisor to register for courses and discuss their academic plan. 

If you are a first-time college student attending an New Student Orientation (NSO), the questionnaire you fill out while registering for Orientation will be used by the advisors to come up with a tentative class schedule for you. During your Orientation experience, you will have time to sit down 1.1 to finalize your schedule and ask any final questions. If you would like to meet individually with an academic advisor prior to Orientation to have preliminary discussions, please contact your specific college.

As a transfer student you are encouraged to contact your advisor after you have signed up for Orientation.

  • If you signed up for the Online Orientation, you will need to complete this prior to your academic advising appointment.
  • If you signed up for the in-person Orientation, the academic advising offices will be open in the afternoon. Due to the varied advising needs of transfer students, we do recommend making a separate advising appointment for the afternoon of your Orientation session or on another day.

Regardless of how you choose to schedule your advising appointment, you must meet with your academic advisor before you will be allowed to register for any classes. 

Transfer students should bring all transcripts and test scores with them to their advising appointment if a transcript evaluation is not complete.  If you are unsure of the status of your transcripts please contact the Admissions Office at 314-516-5451.

Students are advised by their specific college or department. To learn more about your academic advising process and view how to make an appointment, visit

Pierre Laclede Honors College

Students enrolled in the Pierre Laclede Honors College should meet with an Honors College advisor BEFORE attending Orientation. Your Honors College advisor will help you select the appropriate Honors College courses. On your Orientation date, you will meet with an additional advisor from your major to complete your registration. If there are any changes to your planned Honors course schedule, you will need to see your Honors advisor while attending Orientation.

To set up your initial appointment with the Honors College please contact:
Pierre Laclede Honors College
Provincial House | 314-516-5701
Jen Richardson - you have not yet applied to Honors, there is still time! Please contact the Honors Admissions Representative Holly Pope at or 314-516-7769.

UMSL Athlete

All new UMSL athletes should meet with the Assistant Director of Athletics for Academics, Lindsay Pickering, BEFORE making an advising appointment. Lindsay will help you select the appropriate courses that will align with your athletic schedule and practices. New first time college students attending New Student Orientation will meet with an additional academic advisor from your major to complete your registration. To set up your appointment with UMSL

Athletics please contact:
UMSL Athletics
Lindsay Pickering

UMSL Military-Connected Students

Military-connected students utilizing one of the many education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs can now receive advising assistance through the VETS Center in conjunction with their regular academic advisors. Dropping courses can not only impact students academically, but military students using education benefits may also experience serious financial set-backs and debt. Military students looking to change their enrollment should meet with the Assistant Director of Veterans Education & Transition Services prior to dropping any courses to ensure they are fully aware of potential debts with the VA or the school.  

Military Students please contact:
Rachael Timberman
Assistant Director - Veterans Education & Transition Services