Advising Student Populations

The Academic Success Center provides resources to support faculty working with different student populations for academic advising and registration.

Academic Status (Warning, Probation, Suspension)

Advisors will receive email notification of their advisees on academic warning, probation, or suspension at the end of the term. The email will include information on what the student’s academic status means, how you might assist your students, along with communication students have received.

Graduating Seniors/Students

GRIT (Conditionally Admitted Students)

GRIT students are students conditionally admitted to the university. Previously, conditional admitted students were referred to as individually reviewed students; these are students who do not meet the automatic freshman or transfer admission criteria. We now refer to these students as GRIT students, as they participate in the GRIT (Growth, Resilience, Initiative, and Transformation) Program.

International Students

Center for Global Engagement works with international students as well as study abroad. International students have specific requirements depending on their visa types.

Full-Time Enrollment Requirements

  • To maintain status as an F-1 or J-1 student in the United States, students must enroll in an entire course of study.
    • Full-time enrollment
      • for Undergraduate students=12 credits and more
      • for Graduate students = 9 credits and more
  • Exception for full-time enrollment
    • To complete Course of Study in Current Term
      • In a student’s final term, if they can complete the program with fewer classes:
        • Student needs to work with an academic advisor to fill the Reduced Course Load (RCL) Form
        • RCL is not approved and completed unless the student shared a filled RCL form with the Center for Global Engagement
        • Final semester cannot be completed 100% online class(es)
  • Only one online or distance learning class can count toward a full course of study for an F-1 student during each term or semester.
  • Online Course: A course does not have a physical presence requirement
    • Hybrid/Blended Course: A course has a physical presence requirement
    • Hybrid/Blended courses can count towards meeting the full course of study requirement (Count as in-Person)
    • Hy flex courses are a topic of interest. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is working on policy guidance. 
      • The class can only count as “In-Person” when it “requires the student's physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to the completion of the class.”

Learning Community

Students may participate in one of MSUM’s Learning Communities. In these communities, they will take a set of common courses, live in a common residence hall, and have opportunities to develop relationships with other members and their student mentors.

Online Students


Smart Start

The Student Mentoring Academic Resource Team (SMART) Start Program is designed to empower new students who are historically underrepresented in higher education. The primary goal of SMART Start is to help students transition successfully from high school to college.

Student Athletes

Student athletes have certain academic requirements to follow in order to remain eligible to participate in their sport. Refer to the NCAA fact sheet below for more details.

Transfer Students

Admissions determines a student to be a transfer student if they have attempted college credits after graduating from high school.