Gidget Pettibon, Fain College of Fine Arts Academic Counselor.Gidget Pettibon, Academic Counselor

Gidget does advising for Art, Mass Communication, Music and Theatre

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center, B106
For AdvisingSchedule an Advising Appointment

TSI Status: You must clear your Texas Success Initiative (TSI) status through exemption/completion or submission of test scores before you can be advised.
Meningitis Requirement: You must have the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination requirement completed before you can be advised and registered for classes.
Testing: Complete all required university placement tests and send any AP/CLEP/IB credits earned to the Admissions Office. You can get additional information about testing, by going to the Testing Center website
Transcripts: If you are transferring in college credits, be sure that MSU Admissions has all your college transcripts.
Academic Advisor: Know your Academic Advisor and make an appointment to see him or her. Please see the Advising Contacts by Major list to find out who you should contact.

Advising Appointment:

  • TSI and Meningitis requirements must be completed before advising can take place.

  • Discuss your major requirements with your Academic Advisor.

  • Develop a list of recommended courses with the assistance of your Academic Advisor.

  • Ask lots of questions about your major.

  • Advising occurs all summer long, before or after orientation.


  • Follow your Academic Advisor’s instructions on when to register for classes

  • Register for the classes your Academic Advisor recommended for you.

New Student Orientation:

  • Be sure to sign up for an orientation. It is mandatory for all new students.
  • If you do not attend one of the required orientation sessions after you have been advised, your class schedule will be voided.
  • Because advising is separate from orientation, you have the opportunity to be advised before or after orientation. Be sure to contact your Academic Counselor way ahead of time for advising and registration options.
  • Become familiar with campus resources and key people in your major.