Advising for Students

Advising Services

Academic advising at Frostburg State University is designed to assist you in the development of meaningful educational plans that are compatible with your life goals. You are ultimately responsible for making decisions about your educational plans/life goals, as well as knowing and meeting the graduation requirements based on the catalog you are following. Additionally, faculty/staff academic advisors provide powerful and critical assistance by helping you identify alternatives and assessing the consequences of decisions.

Contact CAAR
140 Pullen Hall
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: 301-687-3404

After seeking help from your own advisor, you are welcome to stop by the Center for Academic Advising and Retention in Pullen 140 or email us at with any unanswered advising questions.

Academic advising is viewed as a developmental process guided by the following:

Students' role in the advising process:

  • Be proactive: seek help and advice early in the semester.
  • Understand the role of academic and faculty advisor.
  • Know how to contact your advisor(s).
  • Become familiar with requirements for your major, minor, general education, and graduation.
  • Update your student record when necessary (e.g. change of address, phone number).
  • Know your current grade point average, enrolled credits, and earned credit hours.
  • Follow dates and deadlines on the academic calendar.
  • Frequently check your email for official communication from FSU.
  • Know that advisors are helpful and available during class registration and non-registration periods.
  • Schedule and arrive on time for appointments with your advisor.
  • Check PAWS, prepare questions, and create a course schedule before meeting with your advisor.
  • Make notes and keep all paperwork and forms from advising sessions.
  • Be familiar with and utilize the Undergraduate Catalog, a comprehensive online source of academic policies, procedures, course descriptions, and requirements.

Navigate for Students

Navigate Student Banner

Introducing Navigate Student

Navigate is a free mobile app designed to help you thrive at Frostburg State University. Navigate will remind you of important dates and to-dos, prompt you to register for classes and pay your tuition, connect you to campus resources, and allow you to easily schedule appointments with University Advisors, Faculty Mentors, and other University staff.

Access Navigate Student

Download Navigate Student from your mobile phone's app store or access Navigate Online from a web browser. You can find a direct link on the Login Tab on FSU's website. Use your FSU username and password to login.

Why use Navigate? What are the benefits?

  1. Know When Important Things are Coming Up.
    • From attending orientation to preparing for finals, there's a clear timeline of what you need to do. Navigate connects you to the links and resources you need to get things done. You (and your University Advisor and Faculty Mentor) can also add your own personalized to-dos!
  2. Find the Right Fit.
    • My Major connects your interests and goals to the right major at the college--fill out a short survey and Navigate takes it from there!
  3. Connect to the Support You Need--Faster!
    • Have questions or run into a problem? Resources refer you to your designated support network, while Appointments gets you connected with the people who can help. Best of all, the appointments sync on your phone's calendar and you can receive text/email reminders.
  4. Stay Ahead of Any Roadblocks.
    • Holds on your student account could keep you from signing up for next semester's classes. Get notified when you have a hold on your account and resolve them directly in the Holds Center.
  5. Get the Most Out of College.
    • Navigate proves all the steps to start college on the right foot. Get handy tips and tutorials on everything from getting involved in student organizations to paying for college, and discover what's going on around campus with notifications about events.

Navigate Student FeaturesAppointment Scheduling

Use the Navigate app to schedule appointments with your University Advisor, Faculty Mentor, and student support offices.

  • Log-in to Navigate with your FSU username and password.
  • Select "Appointments".
  • Select "Schedule an Appointment" at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select details for your desired appointment.
    • You should schedule appointments with your assigned University Advisor or Faculty Mentor.
    • You can find your University Advisor and Faculty Mentor in your Student Center in PAWS.
  • You will see a screen that says "Review Appointment Details and Confirm". Select your preferred meeting type (in-person, virtual meeting, or by phone).
    • Click "Schedule".
  • You will see a screen that shows "Appointment Scheduled".
    • Important: If you do not see an "Appointment Scheduled" screen, you do not have a confirmed appointment.
  • A confirmation email with appointment instructions will be sent to your FSU student email account. You may also check for updates and messages in your Navigate app.