All admitted, degree-seeking students will have an academic advisor who can assist them in planning an academic program to achieve their goals. Students who have identified an intended major will be assigned an advisor in the college or school that offers that major. Admitted students who have not specified an interest in any particular major will be assigned an advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Regular contact with your advisor is important; she or he can help you make informed academic decisions so you can make the most of your academic journey. Always remember, however, that you make the decisions about your academic program, and you are responsible for completing the requirements for your degree.

Newly admitted students must complete a new student orientation (available in-person or online). These workshops will provide a great deal of the information you need to work effectively with your academic advisor and plan your program. Most students in good academic standing are not required to get their advisor's approval for their registration; you are responsible for contacting your advisor when you have questions or seek advising. University policy requires that students be officially admitted to a major by the time they have completed 80+ credits and have been at Metropolitan State for at least one year.

Your academic advisor will be either a university resident faculty member or a professional academic advisor. Many faculty advisors are not available in the summer. We recommend contacting the appropriate college or Advising Center if your advisor is not available for an extended period of time. Please note that many academic advisors work with several hundred students. Therefore, the best time to contact your advisor to plan your program is well before the registration period for each term.

  • Changing Advisors--There are a number of legitimate reasons you might want to change advisors. Whatever the reason, call or write your college or school's Advising Center. Include or have ready your name, student ID number, present advisor's name and, if there is a specific advisor you would like to request, the name of your preferred advisor. Your request will be honored if possible.
  • Recognizing an Outstanding Academic Advisor--Students may nominate their academic advisor to receive the university's Outstanding Academic Advisor award. Refer to the nomination form for more information.
  • Academic Appeal Procedure --The Academic Appeals procedure allows for informal and formal processes for resolving student appeals of academic grievances. Refer to Metropolitan State University Procedure 300, Academic Appeal Procedure, for further information.
  • Academic Standing --The university expects you to succeed in your courses and make progress toward your degree. The purposes of the University's Academic Standing policy are to:
    • Define and maintain the academic standards of the university;

    • Provide for interventions with students who do not meet university requirements in order to support retention of students who encounter difficulties;

    • Provide standards and systems that are consistent with Minnesota State policy and Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy.

We encourage students who encounter academic difficulty to take the steps necessary to succeed in their courses and to complete their degrees.
Students' academic standing is reviewed each semester. To remain in good academic standing, students must maintain a Metropolitan State University cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and successfully complete at least 67% of the cumulative Metropolitan State University credits attempted, including credits accepted in transfer. Courses with grades of S or D or higher are considered successful. Courses with grades of F, N, I, W or missing are considered unsuccessful, as are courses in which a grade of D is earned that have been repeated. A cumulative Metropolitan State grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required for graduation.

The first term that students do not meet these standards, they will be put on Academic Warning. Students who continue to fall below the standards after their next semester of registration will be Suspended for Academic Reasons. Students who are reinstated after being Suspended for Academic Reasons or successfully appeal an Academic Suspension will normally be placed on Academic Probation. As a courtesy, notice of unsatisfactory academic standing will be sent to the student, as well as to the student's academic advisor and, if the student is an international student, to the International Student Advisor. Refer to Policy 2050, Undergraduate Academic Standing Review, and Procedure 205, Undergraduate Academic Standing Review Procedure, for further information. If you have questions about your academic standing, contact your academic advisor.

If you encounter academic difficulty at any time, we urge you to seek help promptly from your instructors, your academic advisor, and other support services offered by the university. Students placed on Academic Warning must complete an Academic Success Workshop in order to chart a strategy for improving their academic performance, and must meet with their academic advisor to discuss their situation and plans and to receive approval to register for the following term(s).

Students receiving financial aid must meet additional standards to remain eligible to receive aid.