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Advising and Registration


Middle Georgia State University recognizes academic advising as a critical component of a successful educational experience. Through the advising curriculum students will be provided with accurate and timely information necessary to make informed decisions that promote self-sufficiency, self-awareness, and self-discovery. Through collaborative relationships with academic advisors, students will define and implement comprehensive educational plans that are consistent with their personal values, goals, and career aspirations. All students are advised either at the Academic Advising Center or through the school that houses their major. Contact information for each school is available on the Academic Advising homepage at

Students should refer to the Middle Georgia State University Academic Calendar for advising and registration events at Although students can meet with their advisor throughout the academic year, MGA schedules a specific advising period for returning students in advance of the registration period.

Advising Policy

Freshman, sophomores, and all students with Learning Support requirements must meet with their academic advisor every semester. Juniors and seniors must meet with their academic advisor once per academic year.

Seniors should meet with their advisor in the first semester of their senior year to ensure that they are on the right path to program completion and graduation. Students in baccalaureate degree programs should conduct a program/degree audit at least three semesters prior to graduation.  Students in Associate degree programs should conduct a program/degree audit at least two semesters prior to graduation.

Any student on Academic Probation is required to meet with their advisor and devise an Academic Success plan.


Before the scheduled date for registration, a schedule of the classes to be offered for the next semester is made available on the Middle Georgia State University website. Prior to the registration period, students must meet with their advisor and have their Advising Hold removed. When the registration opens during the registration period, students who are cleared of all HOLDS may register online at by clicking on the SWORDS Secure Login link. Students with additional HOLDS must register through an advisor in the Academic Advising Center or School that houses their degree major. Registration is prioritized. Seniors, veterans, athletes, Dual Enrollment (previously Move On When Ready) students, students with F1 visas, and students with disability can register on the first day of the registration period. They are followed by juniors, sophomores and freshmen on subsequent days. Students may register at any of the five Middle Georgia State University campuses. New students are required to register through an advisor. Detailed instructions are available on the SWORDS registration page. Registration information is also available on the Registrar's homepage at

Students are responsible for registering for the correct courses consistent with their programs of study as outlined in the Middle Georgia State University catalog. All students must abide by course prerequisites. Students must also pay attention to scheduling sessions (full session, first session, second session) as well as to time and campus location. Students are responsible for checking their schedules after they register to ensure that the intended courses are listed.

Students should understand that they will receive a grade in each class recorded on their class schedules. Students who do not attend those specific classes and sections will receive a grade of "F" in each class not attended unless they officially drop the class. Students without HOLDS may drop courses online. Courses may also be dropped in the Office of the Registrar at the Macon and Cochran campuses or the administrative offices at other campuses. The last date to drop/add courses can be found on the academic calendar