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Welcome to the Family

The Office of Freshman Advising is located in Chozen Hall (on the corner of Ryan and McNeese Streets). The Office of Freshman Advising provides academic advising to first-time freshmen, administers the University’s parent orientation and Peerleader programs, and participates in the University’s student orientation. First-time freshmen are advised in the Office of Freshman Advising before transitioning to advising by the academic department of their chosen major. Advisors guide students in major selection and counsel them on matters that may affect their academic progress, especially regarding University policies and procedures.

How Advising Works

Once freshmen have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours and have earned an overall GPA of 2.5, they will be transferred to the academic department of their chosen major for advising. Students not meeting these requirements will remain in the Office of Freshman Advising until 24 credit hours are earned.

Freshmen are advised based upon their selected major and according to the core curriculum listed in the catalog. After admission to the University, students seeking to change majors must notify their academic advisor to receive instructions as to next steps. Once the advisor has been notified and the major has been changed in the student information system, the student will be subject to the regulations of the catalog in effect at the time the major is selected.

Timeline for student Advising

Continuing students will receive email communication from their assigned Freshman advisor around mid-September (for Spring registration) and mid-March (for Summer and Fall registration) that will inform students of advising availability.

New students for Summer or Fall 2024 will receive email communication from their assigned Freshman advisor around early April that will inform students of advising availabilities.

We encourage students to check both their McNeese student email and personal email frequently for communications from freshman advising.

Meet Our Advisors

Welcome! At McNeese State University, we're dedicated to helping our students achieve their academic goals by offering over 50 distinct degree programs, personalized advising, and much more. Not sure where to start? Our advisors are available to answer any questions you might have.

Not sure who your advisor is?

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Our Freshman Advising inbox is monitored by all freshmen advisors:

Serena Greenlee

Serena Greenlee

Ms. Serena advises students in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Business. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Human Resources and Master of Business Administration from McNeese State University. She joined the Office of Freshman Advising in 2021. Her favorite part about being an advisor is being able to share her own McNeese college experience with her students to offer them advice and guidance. In her free time, she loves to read books, go shopping, and travel with her friends and family.

Advisor For:

College of Agricultural Sciences

College of Business

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Ashley Bass

I am a McNeese graduate with a bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Science and a concentration in Child and Family Studies. As a student, I competed on the rodeo team and served on the SGA board. I earned my master’s degree in 2022 from the University of South Dakota in Educational Administration and Leadership with a concentration in Adult and Higher Ed. I have over 13 years of experience in adult education and 20 years of educational experience.

My favorite part of being a Freshman Advisor is helping students navigate their new life routine as a college freshman by offering support with in-person office visits or by email to help students meet their goals. I always remind students of my favorite BB King quote – “Education is one thing no one can ever take away from you.”  I believe that supporting students is vital to a student's success.

In my spare time, I raise registered American Brahman cattle, and I enjoy all the "country girl" things like hunting, fishing, growing a garden and cooking.

Advisor For:

Burton College of Education

College of Liberal Arts

Kimberley Bosman

Kimberley Bosman

Ms. Kimberley earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a concentration in Speech and her Master of Science in Communications at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. With educational experience, she is confident that she can help advise you for the upcoming semester. In her free time, she enjoys playing board and video games, especially escape rooms and puzzle games. She loves a good puzzle, so she can help you with your puzzling first year at McNeese State University. She wants to remind students that “You must tell yourself, no matter how hard it gets, I am going to make it”. She looks forward to meeting you!

Advisor For:

College of Science



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Lauryn Rider

Ms. Lauryn advises students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. She is a McNeese graduate with a bachelor's degree in marketing and is expected to graduate with her Master of Business Administration this Fall. She began her McNeese career as a recruiter and loves to teach students about what the University has to offer. Her favorite thing about campus is the personal aspect. She strives by our university’s motto to provide “Excellence With a Personal Touch.” She is excited to help guide students through the transition into college. In her free time, she loves to go offshore fishing, shop, and spend time with family and friends.

Advisor For:

College of Nursing

and Health Professions