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An update on academic advising

Oklahoma State University is moving to a centralized first-year advising model that will go into effect for fall 2024 incoming students and will ultimately benefit all students. The change is part of the systemwide university strategy, released in the fall of 2022 that has specific goals for retention, enrollment and the student experience. 


As part of this transition, University College will become the Office of Student Success.


What this means to current students:

Some current college advisors are choosing to join the Office of Student Success to advise first-year students. Therefore, a small number of students in upper levels may have a new advisor assigned during the transition for fall enrollment. Students who are assigned a new advisor will receive an email to their okstate email address.


The majority of OSU students will remain with their current advisor. Students in the Ferguson College of Agriculture will not be assigned a new advisor.


What this means to first-year students:

Incoming first-year students will be assigned an advisor in the Office of Student Success during Orientation and Enrollment based on their major. After their first year, students in good academic standing will transition to advisors in their academic college. Students who struggle during their freshman year and are on academic notice or probation will stay with Student Success for additional academic support.


Student Success will also have a team of exploratory advisors to help students who haven’t declared a major or who are considering a change. Up to 30% of first-year students change their majors each year. This team will play a crucial role in OSU’s retention efforts with the ability to assist all undergraduate students at any point in their academic journey.


As part of the new model, the university is increasing the numbers of advisors overall, decreasing caseloads for the first-year team and increasing training.

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