The Advising Process


The S&T Advising Center serves the campus by developing and implementing advising standards and procedures for the purpose of enabling all students to achieve educational life goals.

Advising & Registration (A&R)

The A&R Day is designed to complete the logistical aspects of enrollment for a student's first semester at Missouri S&T. Prior to arrival on campus, students will have completed Math Placement Exams in both algebra and trigonometry. On campus, each student will meet with a faculty advisor in their chosen field to review their scores and select their courses for the upcoming semester. 

ACADEMIC PLACEMENT: Prior to A&R, all new students take Missouri S&T’s Math Placement Exams to assist in selecting appropriate fall classes. Students are encouraged to review algebra and trigonometry prior to their exams. Student scores are reviewed by a math department faculty member. Students whose degree requires calculus and are currently enrolled in high school algebra or trigonometry are encouraged to attend sessions in either early April or June, in order to allow them more time with the material prior to testing. 

COURSE SELECTION AND ADVISING: Advising with a faculty member will enable students to select appropriate courses, review academic policies, and degree requirements. Advisors will also select the Academic Workshop for Opening Week Orientation that best meets the students’ needs. All placements scores will be provided to advisors prior to the advising session along with a high school transcript, any AP (Advanced Placement Program), CLEP ( College-Level Examination Program) or other college credit that the student has completed or is enrolled in. Each faculty advisor will advise multiple students and will be provided with upperclassmen volunteers.

OPENING  WEEK  WORKSHOP: Students sign-up for their Opening Week Academic Workshop while registering for their courses on their A&R Day. There are 4 non-credit workshops available and one available for credit. Students can participate in the Introduction to Laboratory Safety & Hazardous Materials workshop and receive credit for CHEM 1100. Students also have the option to participate in skill-building workshops, such as the Leading by Digging Deeper, College Program for Success, Ignite Innovation, or The Financial Edge.  Students can only participate in one of the Opening Week Workshops.

SUMMER  ACADEMIC  WORKSHOPS: Depending on Math Placement Exam scores, a student may be offered participation in Fast Track to Calculus, Problem Solving Workshop, or Trig Review. These workshops have additional costs, but offer students an opportunity to increase their initial math placement through instruction, practice, and an additional placment testing opportunity. Another summer academic opportunity is Hit the Ground Running, a three-week residential program. 



Once students have been accepted by a department, they will be assigned a new advisor. There will be many times in a student’s academic career when it is important that he/she consult with an advisor. Throughout a student’s academic career, the advisor and student will discuss academic progress and career considerations. Problems that affect a student’s academic performance should be discussed with the advisor. He or she can provide help to resolve academic performance problems or direct the student to resources on campus. And of course, the two will need to select courses during pre-registration periods.