Freshman
Advising

Now that you're a cowboy

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, earned an overall GPA of 2.5, and successfully completed any required developmental coursework, 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 that will inform students of advising availability.

New students for Spring 2023 will receive email communication from their assigned Freshman advisor around early October 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?

McNeese Advisor for College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Business and Official Roster Student-Athletes

Alexis Albarado

Mrs. Alexis earned both a Bachelor of Arts in English Education and a Master of Education in Educational Technology from McNeese and has not been far from campus since starting classes in fall 1992! After teaching in high school and training employees at a national hardware retailer, she started her McNeese career as a recruiter and “taught” students about McNeese (which she is still doing today). In 2007, she joined the Freshman Advising team where her co-workers consider her the resident spelling and grammar guru. In advising, she gives tips on study habits, time management, and communicating with faculty; she helps students plan and register their class schedules based on understanding their degree plan and connects students with campus resources. She wants students to know that when they have questions, she can help find the answer; seeing students have successes in their lives is what keeps Mrs. Albarado going! A LOT has changed over the years, but one thing remains “There are no easy classes in college, that’s why it is called earning a degree!

Advisor For:

College of Agricultural Sciences

College of Business

Official Roster Student-Athletes

McNeese Advisor for Burton College of Education and College of Liberal Arts

Monica Orsot

Ms. Monica advises for the colleges of Education and Liberal Arts. She is an alum of McNeese and received her Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and Associate of General Studies in Latin. Her master’s degree is from Northwestern in Adult Learning and Development with a concentration in Educational Technology. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Adult Learning and Development with a concentration in Workforce also from Northwestern. She loves working on crossword puzzles to relax and loves to travel. When she is at home, you can often find her in the kitchen trying out new recipes from different countries.

Advisor For:

Burton College of Education

College of Liberal Arts

Julie Theriot

Delaney Jackson Nugent

Julie Theriot attended McNeese State University earning her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Science and Agribusiness and Master of Science in Environmental and Chemical Sciences with a concentration in Agriculture. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University Shreveport. She loves travelling and spending time outside. You can often find her participating in the many traditions that make Louisiana unique from enjoying our amazing food, attending fairs and festivals and even catching some beads during Mardi Gras.

Advisor For:

College of Nursing and Health Professions

McNeese Advisor for College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Blanche McGee

Ms. Blanche earned a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Louisiana State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She started working at McNeese in 2019 first as an admissions analyst and then as a Student Central specialist before joining the office of Freshman Advising. She spends her free time traveling, at the gym, or playing with her dog. Her favorite thing about working at McNeese is helping students get through any roadblocks they may be facing on their journey.

Advisor For:

College of Science

Engineering

Mathematics