The Undergraduate Psychology Advising Center
Role of Advisors
The undergraduate advisor's primary goal is to help undergraduate students with matters pertaining to academic progress issues and life plans. While you are responsible for understanding University, College, and Department requirements, advisors can provide current information about requirements, options, and procedures. The advisors recommend that you review your requirements with them at least once a semester. You should understand, however, that you bear ultimate responsibility for knowing and fulfilling graduation requirements. Stop by the undergraduate office periodically to check the bulletin board for announcements and to borrow relevant materials from the lending library. The Psychology advisors want to assist you in preparing a solid undergraduate experience. Make sure you get to know them!
Scheduling an Appointment
The Psychology advisor's appointments are available on-line through MSU's Advisor Scheduling System. They post their available advising times 2 - 3 weeks in advance. Occasionally during peak times, advisor's appointments will all be full. If this is the case, no appointments will appear on the system. If you need to see an advisor within a week, please utilize the walk-in hours. You can also check regularly for any cancellation or new openings. You can schedule an appointment with an advisor by logging into the Advisor Scheduling System at: https://www.egr.msu.edu/adcalendar/
Walk-ins are available throughout the academic year, Monday - Friday from 1pm - 3pm. If you are heading in from out of town, feel free to call first to verify the schedule as we cancel them sometimes due to programs and student orientations.
Walk-in advising is located in 100 Psychology Building.
Walk-ins are for quick questions, not for program planning. If you need more than 10 minutes from an advisor, you will need to schedule an appointment through the scheduling system. See below for the Walk-In Policy During Peak Advising Times:
Acceptable Topics for Walk-In Advising
• Degree requirement review and confirmation of class schedule if you have recently seen an advisor
• Major exploration for freshman and sophomores
• Course selection and questions for freshman and sophomores
• Advisor signature for internship and independent study forms
• Study Abroad course evaluation
Unacceptable Topics for Walk-In Advising during Peak Times
• Junior and senior program planning and degree checks
• Major exploration for juniors and seniors
• Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) form completion
• Academic probation conferences
• Career and graduate school planning beyond a few quick questions
• Study Abroad course selection and planning
If you are a member of the Honors College you will be advised by a member of the Psychology faculty. Dr. Joe Lonstein advises students with last names A - K and Dr. Susan Ravizza advises students with last names L - Z. For information about the Honors program in Psychology, go to the Honors website at http://psychology.msu.edu/Undergrads/HonorsProgram.aspx
Undergraduate Office Staff
The Undergraduate Psychology Advising Center can be a busy place. Students and faculty can get information and resources from the advisors and the staff. Jenny and Keitha are available to help with course information, overrides, independent study forms, and late adds and drops. They are very friendly and knowledgeable, so make sure you let them know if you need something.
The Psychology Monthly News
The Psychology Monthly Newsletter is another way for students to be informed. Every month of the academic year, Psychology students receive a copy of The Psychology Monthly News through their MSU e-mail. It is important to read this document as it introduces students to upcoming events, scholarships, research experiences, and provides resource information for offices on campus.
August Welcome Newsletter
Special Edition Newsletters
January/February Events Calendar
Summer 2015 Research Opportunites
Awards and Scholarships
Psychology Students can be strong candidates for many awards and scholarships. There are many resources to help you find scholarships. Here are a few that might be helpful:
Office of Admissions Official Site
Student Scholarship Search Facility Official Site
Scholarships and Grants (from Office of Financial Aid) Official Site
College of Social Science
Some students with outstanding records may be eligible for nomination into Phi Kappa Phi
, Phi Beta Kappa
, and the Golden Key National Honor Society
Department of Psychology - Undergraduate Student Grievance Committee Hearing