Advanced Scheduling for Summer and Fall 2021 opens April 5. Contact your Academic Advisor during the week of March 22 to schedule your Academic Advising session. You must be advised before you can register for classes. Use your RACR and your Advisor to determine the classes you need. Advisor is listed on your myGate Academics tab.
For Current Students
Your Advisor, Your Responsibilities
All Murray State Undergraduate Students must be advised by an Academic Advisor in order to be able to register for classes.
What if campus is closed?
If you do not get a response from your Academic Advisor OR if you get an out-of-office response, contact your Department Chair or Program Coordinator for Academic Advising.
Who is my Advisor? What are my Responsibilities for Academic Advising? What are my
For more information on what you need to do and bring with you see Academic Advising session . A Planning Worksheet can help you make a semester-by-semester plan for courses you will need.
How do I access myGate from a mobile device?
Use Menu icon to open drop-down with icons. Graduation hat is the icon for Academics tab. Use your Racer Academic Completion Report (RACR) to evaluate which classes you need. See How to read a RACR for help.
What if I have AP Scores coming in?
Check AP Equivalencies and contact your Academic Advisor if your schedule needs updating.
What if I want to declare/change area, major, or minor?
See Declaring or Changing a major/minor for more information.
Reminder: YOU are responsible for your academic success, and Murray State University Academic Advising is here to help you to achieve your goals.
If you need further assistance, please contact your Academic Advisor, Department Chair, or Program Coordinator. You many also contact Dr. Barbara Cobb, Coordinator of Academic Advising, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Graduate Students: Please contact your Department Chair or Program Coordinator for Academic Advising information.
Get Help NOW
Visit Quick Links for a list of campus-wide services.
Questions about your Program? Can't reach your Academic Advisor? Use the following links to contact your College/Department directly:
- Education and Human Services
- Humanities and Fine Arts
- Nursing and Health Professions
- Science, Engineering, and Technology
Still need help? Visit Starfish Student Success Resources and use the Raise Your Hand feature, or contact the Center for Student Engagement and Success at 270.809.2274 or 5344. Or visit Starfish Help for information on how to use Starfish.
Having trouble with your Academic Advisor? Visit Murray State University Academic Advising for help on who to contact; if you do not find the help you need, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: If you do not get a response from your Academic Advisor OR if you get an out-of-office response, contact your Department Chair or Program Coordinator for Academic Advising. Trouble reaching them? Contact your College Dean's Office.
Calendar, Forms, Bulletin, FREE Microsoft Office
Registrar Calender will provide you with important academic deadlines.
Visit Forms for Change of Major/Area/Advisor, Overload, Appeals, Name Change, Preferred First Name.
Visit Office of the Registrar and scroll down for Bulletins to check your RACR for Bulletin year in force for you.
To access FREE Microsoft Office for students visit Microsoft Office
Registrar, Graduation, Bursar, Financial Aid, Scholarships
- CHECK with the Bursar's Office before you drop classes.
- Visit Financial Aid for questions about refund, grants, loans, and FAFSA or call 270.809.2546. FAFSA needs to be completed EVERY year.
- Visit Scholarships for scholarship questions or call 270.809.3225.
Contact the Scholarship Office before you drop or audit classes or change programs.
How to Read Your RACR
The Racer Academic Completion Report (RACR) is your interactive tool to track your
progress toward graduation. Check out this tutorial on how to read your RACR (PPT).
Recommended: Follow along with your own RACR (second screen or on your mobile device). (Updated 3/17)
Learn how to use the WHAT-IF feature to see how your program of study would change with a different area, major, minor, second major or minor, Bulletin year, etc. Easy and fun to use!
Reminder: A Planning Worksheet can be helpful for making a semester-by-semester plan for courses you will need.
To register for classes you must have your Advisor Hold cleared by being advised by an academic advisor, your department chair, or program coordinator. Check out this tutorial on registering for classes.
Area, Major, Minor -- Find, Change
An Area is a comprehensive program that works with University Studies to make up your academic program. A Major and Minor work together with University studies to make up your academic program. Your program can be identified on RACR under your area or major.
Area or Major MUST be declared before registration following your completion of 45 credit hours. If you have/need a Minor, Minor must be declared before registration following your completion of 60 credit hours.
You may combine an Area and a Minor, or more than one Area, Major, or Minor, but doing so likely will require extra credit hours. Discuss with your Academic Advisor and chairs/program coordinators of the programs you want to include.
The multidisciplinary Liberal Arts (BA/BS) major is an alternative, should you want to combine three or more fields of study. Contact the program coordinator, Dr. Barbara Cobb at email@example.com for more information.
- List of Areas, Majors, Minors
- University Bulletin - includes all programs by college/school, plus courses
- Finding, Declaring, and/or Changing Area, Major, Minor
- Planning Worksheet - a semester-by-semester planning worksheet for courses you will need
Online , Second-Half-Semester, Transfer Info
For questions about how transfer courses will count towards Murray State visit the Transfer Center website.
Note: To make sure that you do not lose money, contact the Bursar's Office BEFORE you drop a class. Have Financial Aid or Scholarship? Contact the Financial Aid and/or Scholarship Office before you drop or audit a class. Veteran benefits? Contact the Veterans Affairs Office before you drop or audit a class.
Drop, Audit, Tutoring, Counseling, Veterans Affairs, Disability Services, Advisor Trouble
Have questions about dropping or auditing a class? Check out What is an Audit for answers.
Note: To make sure that you do not lose money, contact the Bursar's Office BEFORE you drop a class. If you have Financial Aid or Scholarships contact the Financial Aid and/or Scholarship Office before you drop or audit a class.
Visit Tutoring Services for access to free tutoring as well as options for fee-based services.
Visit Counseling Services for self-help, information, and appointments with counselors free of charge for students.
Note: If there is an emergency, contact Murray Police Department at 270.809.2222.
For 24/7 immediate help contact:
- Regional Crisis Line: 800.592.3980
- National Suicide Hotline: 800.273.8255,
- Crisis Text Line: 741-741
- Lotus (formerly known as the Purchase Area Sexual Assault Center): 800.928.7273
Visit the Veterans Affairs Office for more information about veteran affairs.
Visit Student Disability Services for help with questions about disabilities and temporary accommodations.
Reminder: If you do not get a response from your Academic Advisor OR if you get an out-of-office response, contact your Department Chair or Program Coordinator for Academic Advising.
Education Abroad and International Student Advising
International Students: Contact the International Student Services Office
Consent to Release
For Academic Advisors
Undergraduate Academic Advisors:
Academic Advising for Advanced Scheduling And Summer O
Information regarding undergraduate student advising:
- Advising for Advanced Scheduling or (download a PDF version) (updated 3/2020)
- Moving Advising to Online Format
- Placement Chart -- MATHEMATICS Placement Flow Chart and Grid
- AP Equivalencies
Note to All Academic Advisors: Be sure that you have accurate up-to-date information. When in doubt, refer student or advisee to a person who has the accurate up-to-date information needed. Consult Registrar, Bursar, Financial Aid, Scholarship, or other offices. Refer to Quick Links for contact information.
Undergraduate Academic Advising Checklist
- Academic Advising Checklist - this is a Word Doc with Hyperlinks -- review it, revise it, edit it, adapt it, make it your own.
- AP Equivalencies
Contact your advisees using myGate Teaching/Advising My Advisees. The envelope icon at the top of the page provides an email list for your advisees. A sample email is provided.
Your program should have a four-year Plan or you can use a generic plan worksheet.
How to Read a RACR for Advisors
The RACR, Racer Academic Completion Report, is the tool that the Registrar uses to determine a student's status and progress toward graduation. Advisors need to help students monitor their RACRs and to make sure all student RACRs are accurate and up-to-date. If coursework is missing or applied incorrectly, usually an advisor's intervention is needed to fix these problems. This training includes information on how to use, fix, and get help with RACR.
RACR is accessed through myGate, Teaching/Advising, RACR Degree Audit. If you do not have access to RACR (if the screen is blank), contact RACR office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Use this tutorial for a quick overview of the What-If feature
Undergraduate Academic Advising Training
- Academic Advisor Training (pdf version available) (updated 9/19)
- Brief Review for Advanced Scheduling (pdf version available)
- Overview for New Faculty
- How to Read a RACR
Need information or training? Please email email@example.com for training and resource needs. Murray State University Academic Advising is always available to help you!
Note: Transfer students are directed to contact their Academic Advisors or Department Chairs as soon as they are admitted so that they can register as soon as possible. Transfer students should NOT wait until Transfer Spring or Summer O to be advised or to register for classes. Registration for Winter and Spring courses opens in early November, and for Summer and Fall courses in early April. For summer and winter breaks, set your out-of-office notifications so that students will be redirected to your Chair or Coordinator.
Starfish -- Reporting/Getting Help for Students
For more information on using Starfish for your students, visit Get Help.
Raise a Flag, Kudo, or Referral for one of your students. Raise flags or refer for attendance, academic performance, or other issues that may affect academic success. Starfish is linked through myGate Teaching/Advising and is managed by the Center for Student Engagement and Success (Director Peggy Whaley firstname.lastname@example.org / 270.809.2274).
Drop vs. Audit
Should your student or advisee drop or audit a class? Should you allow a student to audit your class? Check out Answers & Help.
Bursar's Note: Students MUST drop and add on the SAME DAY to reduce or prevent added expenses. Student or advisee should contact the Bursar's Office BEFORE dropping a class.
Financial Aid Office Note: Before dropping or auditing a class or changing program, student or advisee should contact the Financial Aid Office and consult with a Financial Aid Counselor.
Scholarship Office Note: Before dropping or auditing a class or changing program, student or advisee should contact the Scholarship Office. Audited courses do not count for most scholarships. If a student or advisee loses a scholarship, the student or advisee will receive information on appeals.
For more information about education abroad visit:
- Education Abroad website or email email@example.com
- Information for faculty interested in teaching abroad
Note: Contact the International Student Services Office for questions about International Students and Advising.
Consent to Release
Before releasing any information (in person, over the phone, via email), be sure that you know your responsibilities. Check out Consent to Release and FERPA regulations for more information.
For Prospective Students
Use this chart for AP Equivalencies.
Graduate Students: Contact your Program Director for information or apply here.
For New/Admitted Students
First-Time College Students: Register for Summer Orientation -- you will register for classes at Summer O. Contact Admissions if you need to change or major or have questions about enrollment or bringing in credits.
Transfer and Graduate Students: Go to myGate, Academics, and identify your Academic Advisor -- contact Academic Advisor or department chair and register for classes ASAP. Contact the Transfer Center for questions about transfer or course equivalencies.
Summer Academic Advising: Your Academic Advisor is named on your myGate Academics tab. If you cannot reach your advisor over the summer, contact your Department Chair or Program Coordinator. They will be glad to help you while your regular academic advisor is away. If your Department cannot help, contact your Dean's Office. Don't wait -- get the advising you need when you need it!
All students: As soon as you are admitted to Murray State University, go to myGate, Academics,
and look for your RACR. Visit How to Read a RACR for help.
Note: Check AP Equivalencies and contact your Academic Advisor if you need to revise your schedule.
- You can look up classes and course fees on myGate Academics under Registration Tools
- A Scheduling Grid can assist you with organizing and planning for your classes.
The Academic Advising website is a resource of Murray State University Academic Advising. Questions, comments, suggestions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org