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First Year Advising Center

First Year Advising Center: Advising for New Students

Advising is an integral part of South Dakota State University’s student success plan. In the one-on-one advising relationship, students are guided in critical thinking, and decision making that they will utilize throughout their college career. The majority of first year students are advised in the First-Year Advising Center by a team of professional advisors.  Advisors are here to help students dream about the possibilities ahead of them while attending South Dakota State University (SDSU) and beyond.  New students coming to SDSU can often be unsure about what they are interested in learning.  Many who choose a major at the beginning of their freshman year may change it at least once before they graduate.  Advisors in the FYAC help students explore their interests and strengths so that when they choose a major or solidify their current career path, the choice is one that makes sense for them individually. At the FYAC, students meet with a professional advisor and talk through their academic goals, individual interests and career plans.  Based on this discussion, students choose a program of study that is right for them and create an academic plan for success.

Advising and Success

Education theorist Richard Light maintains that "Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience."  An advisor who can guide the new and returning student through the many questions and decisions of academic life is often a key factor for a student's success in college. 

FYAC advisors can help students who are in any of the following situations:

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  • exploring major options or deciding between majors
  • completing degree and general education requirements
  • planning a course schedule for future semesters
  • transferring to or from other institutions
  • seeking admission to competitive degree programs
  • interested in opportunities for academic enhancement or support
  • enrolled in University College
  • working with the Academic Recovery program
  • career exploration and goal setting

How to Get Advising Assistance at the FYAC

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to discuss needs related to the academic and personal adjustment to college. Students can schedule appointments by logging into ConnectState and searching for an available appointment time that works best in their schedule. Students can also call 605-688-4155 or come the Wintrode Student Success Center to schedule an academic advising appointment. Advisors are available 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday, every day the University is open for business.  

The First-Year Advising Center holds walk-in hours each day during the week for quick questions that do not require a full meeting. You are able to see your advisors drop-in schedule on their ConnectState schedule or by looking at the graph below.

 MondayTuesdayWednesday ThursdayFriday


Nicole GertkenAndrew Kandell Mica/Ashley
11am-12pm Jody OwenSteph BebenseeSteph BebenseeChristy Osborne

Advisor Rotation 

Kristen Uilk Andrew Kandell Kristen Uilk Nicole Gertken
1pm-2pmNicole  GertkenAndrew Kandell  Kristen Uilk  
2pm-3pmChristy  OsborneChristy OsborneJody  Owen  

In addition to walk-in hours, the advising center also hosts

Walk-Up Wednesday

This program is available every Wednesday that school is in session. During the hours of 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. an advisor will be available in Spencer Hall room 103 to answer any questions you may have or refer you to the appropriate resource. The front doors to the main lobby of Spencer will be open for you to enter.


The First Year Advising Center can be found inside of the Wintrode Student Success Center

Wintrode Student Success Center

Address: 1101 8th Street  Brookings, SD 57006

Phone:  605-688-4155

Campus Map #72

Building Code: SWSC

Advising Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm 




Tools to help you succeed

Everyone needs a little help sometimes.  We have created a series of videos to help address the most common areas within advising as well as some helpful links to resources.

Watch student success videos>>

Student Resource Links

 As a student at South Dakota State University, you have access to a variety of student services. The links below are common support services or information that students frequently seek.


American Indian Student Center>>

Advising Guide Sheets>>

Career Development >>

Catalog >>

Continuing & Distance Education>>

Counseling Services>>

Disability Services >>

First Stop Website>>

International Affairs>>

Library Services >>

Multicultural Center>>

New Student Orientation >>

Study Abroad/National Student Exchange>>

Testing Center>>

Transcript Request >>

Veterans Affairs >>


Financial Aid >>

Records & Registration >>

Scholarships >>

Tuition & Billing >>


Establish SDSU Student Accounts >>

Technical Support >>