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Lake Superior State University

Advising, Retention & Orientation



The Office of Advising, Retention and Orientation works with faculty, staff and students to create and provide programs and initiatives that enhance student success:

  • Academic advising resources for students and faculty advisors
  • Early warning system (to identify students at risk)
  • New student academic orientation programs.

Contact the Office of Advising, Retention and Orientation at 906-635-2874, or ext. 2874 for more information.

Advising resources for faculty and academic staff: The office maintains an advisor’s handbook, an advising website, and runs advisor development programs for new faculty. To access advisor resources on-line, visit our Website at: .

Advising resources for students: The office assists all students with understanding the role of academic advising at LSSU.

The purpose of academic advising at LSSU — Academic advising helps all students:

  • identify and clarify their academic, career and life goals;
  • assess the role that higher education can play in achieving those goals;
  • develop educational plans consistent with those goals and with their interests and abilities;
  • select appropriate courses and other educational experiences;
  • evaluate their progress toward earning a degree and reaching their goals;
  • adapt to the demands of college life and become active members of the university community;
  • identify and utilize university and community support services;
  • interpret institutional rules, policies, and procedures; and
  • develop the skills necessary for independent decision-making.

The roles and responsibilities of the student in academic advising at LSSU — The student should:

  • explain to the advisor his or her personal values, abilities, interests, and goals;
  • maintain frequent contact with his or her advisor in order to keep abreast of current academic information;
  • be prepared with accurate information and relevant materials when contacting and meeting with the advisor;
  • be honest and ethical in interactions with the advisor;
  • become knowledgeable about, and adhere to, the relevant policies, procedures, and rules of the university, college, and academic program;
  • seek relevant information about career options and how they are related to the educational program;
  • follow through on action plans identified during each advising session;
  • acquire the information needed to assume final responsibility for course registration, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements;
  • consult with his or her advisor at least once a semester to decide on courses, review progress toward degree requirements, and discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities provided by the university.

All students at LSSU are assigned to an academic advisor within their disciplines. The advisor assignment is listed in the student’s Anchor Access account. If no advisor is listed, the student should contact the academic department secretary for his/her major or the Office of Advising, Retention and Orientation at 906-635-2874 (or ext. 2874 on campus).

Early Warning System

LSSU’s Early Warning System is designed to identify students who may be at risk of academic difficulty or failure. An online referral form allows faculty and staff to alert the Office of Advising and Retention of any student who is not making satisfactory progress and/or is exhibiting behaviors that may lead to academic difficulty (i.e. non-attendance). Once a student is identified, the Office of Advising and Retention works with appropriate support service personnel and academic advisors to contact and work with the student in an effort to improve the student’s academic performance and opportunity for success at LSSU.


All new students (including transfer students) attending main campus are required to attend and participate in orientation. Orientation is when students learn important information on academic policies and procedures that students are expected to follow while attending LSSU. Students will also learn about the wide range of services available to assist them in having a successful university experience. One-day orientation programs are offered over the summer months for students admitted to LSSU for the summer or fall semesters. One-day orientation programs are generally held in early December and January for students admitted to LSSU for the spring semester. Visit for additional information.

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