Academic Advising & Registration

Academic Advising

Sound advising of students regarding their academic program is part of our educational mission.



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Academic Advising

What is an academic adviser?

Academic advisors are staff and faculty mentors to students, helping them to understand the value of academic planning not only as a means of fulfilling degree requirements, but also in the context of setting personal, professional and intellectual goals and bringing them to fruition. Academic planning is a natural part of the liberal arts education, empowering and enabling students to take responsibility for shaping their own lives. Academic advisors may also assist in connecting students to campus resources that support their overall well-being.

All first-year students are assigned a student success coach who assists in registering them the summer before they arrive on campus and serves as their general academic advisor at least until the end of their first year. Major advisors are assigned when a student declares their major. Students may also have additional advisors for second majors, minors and pre-professional areas of interest.

When does academic advising happen?

Academic advising is not limited to a specific time. Whenever you have questions about your academic progress, career plans or course selection, make an appointment with your success coach or academic advisor to talk about them.

There are two specific times during the year when you must make an appointment with your advisor: the preregistration periods during fall and spring, when you choose your courses for the following semester. Preregistration for spring classes takes place in mid-October, and preregistration for fall courses and summer classes usually takes place in early April.

For more information about advising or the registration process, please email [email protected].

Helpful on-campus advising resources

Students’ first option should always be meeting with their academic advisor or student success coach to plan schedules, add or drop classes, review major or Compass requirements, and discuss other important advising matters. However, if students are not able to meet with their advisor and have immediate advising needs, the assistant dean for student success can assist with:

  • Answering questions about the Compass Curriculum, degree, major and minor requirements
  • Providing information about important dates and deadlines — for example, the last day to withdraw from a course, when registration begins for the following term, etc.
  • Changing academic advisors
  • Explaining academic policies and procedures — for example, academic probation and suspension, withdrawal from the semester or the process for getting approval for taking courses at another institution

Assistant Dean of Student Success
Dr. Jennifer Lewton-Yates
Phone: 601-974-1327
Email: [email protected]
Location: Campbell Student Center 334

Postgraduate study advisors

Beyond a major or a minor, many Millsaps students spend their four years with us preparing themselves for postgraduate study in a particular field. Our pre-professional advisors can offer assistance planning a course of study that leads to that next successful step, whether it’s immediately following graduation or a few years down the road.

Dr. Yan Wang, Pre-Engineering Adviser
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Phone: 601-974-1382
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Lee Maggio, Director of Pre-Health,
Chair — Department of Physics,
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Phone: 601-974-1409
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Harvey Fiser, Pre-Law Adviser,
Dean of the Else School of Management
Phone: 601-974-1268
Email: [email protected]

Rev. Dr. Ricky James, Pre-Ministerial Adviser,
Chaplain and Director of Church Relations
Phone: 601-974-1226
Email: [email protected]

Academic Advising Staff



Unless specifically enrolled in a payment plan, full payment of the student account balance should be submitted by July 15 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester. To determine when your classes begin, please refer to the college academic calendar. Students who have registered for classes will be notified via campus email of their registration status. Any student with an incomplete registration status must contact the Business Office Student Account Services, 601-974-1100 or 800-352-1050, ext. 1100.

Summer session registration process

Summer session is optional. Millsaps students who wish to take a summer course are strongly encouraged to register for all summer sessions early; however, online registration will remain open until the day before the first day of class. For more information, check out our 2024 Summer Term Information. Students from other institutions may request summer term information by contacting the Office of Records at 601-974-1120 or [email protected].

Tips to ensure complete registration status

The course schedules for next term are available each semester a couple weeks prior to the registration window, as found on the academic calendar. The following are steps for a successful registration experience:

1. Schedule an Advising Session
Reach out to schedule an advising session with your faculty advisor. This should be well in advance of the opening of your registration window. You will not be able to register for courses until your course plans have been approved by your advisor or success coach.

2. Examine your “Progress” report.
There is no better source than Major Portal for the most up to date snapshot of how your transferred, completed, and pending coursework relates to your degree requirements. Go to Student Planning>View Your Progress>Go to My Progress. This is also called your degree audit. Pay careful attention to your remaining requirements. If you see something that doesn’t look right, make a note of it along with any other questions to bring to your faculty advisor.

3. Draft a Preliminary Schedule.
View the course schedule on Major Portal. Using the remaining requirements you identified in Step 2 as a starting point, select some courses that you would like to take. You must select a minimum of 12 semester hours for full-time status but may select as many as 21.  A typical load for good progress toward graduation is 16 hours.  More than 16 hours is not recommended for students with a GPA below 3.0.  Develop a backup plan in case one of your first choices isn’t available.  Please note, some State of Mississippi scholarships require 15 hours for eligibility. Check with the Office of Financial Aid if you are unsure about your requirements.

4. Get Advice.
Meet with your faculty advisor to review your progress and proposed schedule. Based on their guidance, you may need to adjust the course selections in your plan. At the conclusion of your advising session, your faculty advisor will approve your plan so that you may complete the registration process after your registration window opens. If your faculty advisor has not completed this step, contact them directly or reach out to the Assistant Dean for Student Success for assistance.

5. Clear Holds.
If you have a hold on your account, you will see a notification in Major Portal.  Contact the relevant office (Business Office, Student Life, Writing Program, Financial Aid, etc.) to resolve the hold.  You will not be able to register until the hold has been cleared.

6. Register for Classes!
Locate your registration time in Major Portal and mark it  on your calendar so you are prepared to register when the time comes! Since you worked in advance with your advisor to choose and approve your courses, you will be able to quickly complete the registration process. If one of your first-choices is unavailable and if you did not select any back-ups, you may need to meet with your advisor again to select an alternative.

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