Student Advising

A culture of caring.

At Mount Marty, you’ll quickly realize that all your professors know you by name. Our faculty and staff will not only help you pick a degree, but they will also answer your questions about finances, brainstorm goals, and talk about anything else that comes up. These are relationships that will last a lifetime. And the experience starts before freshman year.

Before school even starts, come for a campus tour to get a better sense of what campus life and classes are like on the Mount. You’ll truly see what Mount Marty has to offer and where our students live and have a chance to meet with an academic program advisor to chat about degree options. Just call the Admissions Office at (605) 668-1545 to arrange your personalized campus visit. Then continue the conversation about picking a major throughout your freshman year.

First-year advising

From the moment you register for classes, you’re paired with a first-year advisor who meets with you on a regular basis during your freshman year to provide guidance and ease the pressure that comes with declaring a major. Your advisor is a trained, dedicated faculty or staff member who shares your interests and will help make your transition to college easier.

First-year seminar

During your first semester at Mount Marty, you’ll take a Freshman Seminar (GEN 102) course, which is designed to help you navigate the expectations associated with life in college and beyond. With a small group of 10 to 12 students, the course will delve into college-level writing and rev up your creative and critical thinking skills. You’ll also identify your academic strengths and strengthen your test preparation skills. And you’ll learn the strategies you need to create a healthy academic and personal routine for college success.


Once you decide on a specific academic interest, you’ll be assigned a faculty member within the relevant program to guide and support you from your sophomore year through graduation. The two of you will talk about everything, including career options, job prospects, and making sure you’re on track to complete your degree requirements.

We’ll work together to help you balance the responsibilities of academic and personal life — and discover your potential!

Contact Karly Kattenbraker, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, at or 605-668-1518 for more information.