Academic Support Center

Programming Provided by the Academic Support Center


The focus of academic advising in the ASC is to provide advising services to undeclared, General Studies (BGS), Corporate Fitness, Pre-Physical Education and Pre-Nursing students. ASC's advising program places an emphasis on serving as a student advocate, demonstrating a caring attitude, listening to the needs of advisees, assisting students with making connections to appropriate university resources, facilitating the course selection process, supporting advisees in setting short-and-long term goals, and guiding students in making career and academic decisions based on their personal goals. The academic advising unit also serves as a resource to advisors campus wide, providing support and guidance to faculty and staff advisors. The ASC advising program assists with academic advisement and registration at New Student Orientation sessions, creates and maintains the Academic Advisor Handbook, advising website, advising newsletters, and coordinates advisor development workshops/trainings.


Undergraduate students who complete a minimum of 50 hours, which can be a combination of engagement activities, will be recognized on the Engagement Honor Roll. Hours will be verified by the individual supervising the engagement activities. This accolade will show on the student's transcript for the semester in which it was earned.

First-Year Experience (FYE)

The First-Year Experience at Minot State University is a requirement for first-year students and transfer students with less than 24 credit hours. Students will participate in a powerful learning experience that will inspire the transition to university life and learning through participation in unique learning communities, peer mentor interactions, and opportunities to engage with the campus and larger community.

As part of an FYE, students work with talented, engaging faculty and staff members who care about students, are focused on student success, and provide learning experiences that are unique, challenging, and relevant. Students also receive the assistance of a peer mentor, an upper-class student trained to provide support and guidance to first-year students.

FYE Outcomes: 

      Outcome 1: To connect the student to their peers and faculty members.

      Outcome 2: To engage the student with the campus and larger community.

      Outcome 3: To enhance students’ sense of belonging at MSU.

      Outcome 4: To communicate and facilitate understanding of the academic expectations of the university.

      Outcome 5: To enhance students’ competency in some of the following skills and capacities:

  • written and oral communication
  • critical thinking
  • critical reading
  • collaboration
  • information literacy
  • quantitative literacy
  • problem solving


New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a part of New Student Programs, which assist students in their transition to Minot State University.  New Minot State University students (first-year and transfer) are required to complete a New Student Orientation.  New Student Orientation provides programming to prepare students for higher education by offering information sessions, campus tours, student group activities led by student orientation leaders, academic advising, and course registration.  An online option is available for students who will complete online-only courses or for those completing coursework at a satellite site.  New Student Orientation programs are offered throughout the calendar year.  Information regarding orientation programs are sent electronically to all students who have been admitted to Minot State University. 

Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend is the second part of New Student Programs at Minot State University.  New first-year and transfer students will be able to engage with the community, meet fellow students, and learn about essential student success programs.  In addition to exploring the Minot State University campus, students will participate in an off-campus volunteer activity, where student will make a difference in our regional community.  This is required for first-year students, but highly encouraged for all new Minot State students.

Peer Mentoring Program

The Peer Mentoring Program is designed to assist in the personal, social and academic acclimation of first-year students to MSU through cultivating relationships with outstanding upperclassman mentors as part of the First-Year Experience. In addition to providing support, mentors can connect students to resources, clubs, organizations, and other academic and co-curricular activities.
The objectives of the Peer Mentoring Program are:
      To develop and enhance a sense of student identity,
      To become effectively integrated into the school, faculty and campus as a whole,
      To articulate a sense of purpose about being at MSU and about pursuing their particular program of study,
      To acquire the necessary skills to become independent and life-long learners.

What is a Peer Mentor?
A Peer Mentor is an exceptional student chosen to serve as a co-instructor in a FYE class. Peer Mentors are former students of the First-Year Experience who have been recommended by faculty and selected through an application and interview process based on their academic success, involvement in campus organizations and knowledge of the Minot State campus. Peer Mentors are not simply teaching assistants; rather, they are co-instructors, taking responsibility for leading class discussions, planning activities and working one-on-one with each student.

Peer Tutoring Program 

The Peer Tutoring Program is aimed at providing students with the essential learning tools and resources integral to their academic success. Through the use of highly qualified and trained tutors, the ASC Peer Tutoring Program seeks to empower the students being served in their pursuit of becoming independent learners. All peer tutors hired by the ASC have been highly successful in the courses they tutor.

Starfish Early Alert

Starfish is a communication tool used by Minot State University faculty, staff and students to support student academic success. Students do not succeed alone but are more successful when direct faculty-student communication is combined with effective support from advisors and other support staff on campus. One main feature of Starfish is the Early Alert program, which enables instructors to give praise (kudos) or raise concerns (flags) regarding students’ academic performance early in the term. Communication is sent to students regarding available resources and advisors/support staff are asked to reach out to students where appropriate. Students may be asked to access Starfish to complete the Student Intake Form and/or use the software to schedule appointments with faculty/staff.