Success Navigators

Success Navigators are available on campus and online to help incoming students transition into college.

We understand that starting college can be overwhelming, so we’re here to provide an extra layer of support. Our team is a great point of contact for first-year students who have questions or concerns. We aim to help students navigate the M State system so they can be successful. First-year students can expect our team to reach out throughout the year to check in.

Ways we serve our students: 

  • Assist students with accessing resources so they are prepared to begin college
  • Keep students up to date with opportunities on and off campus to help them succeed
  • Assist students with career assessment and exploration to align their major with their interests and career goals
    • Start here! Access Code is "mstate"
  • Mentor students on how to navigate the college systems and processes including IT, paying for college, D2L (Online Learning Platform), and more

Students can always reach out to us at
or schedule an appointment at   


Meet our team


How to find your "school of"

Use the links below to see which "school of" your major aligns with. However, please know that while our Success Navigators are specialized into "schools of," any of us can help you with your concern. You can anticipate that the Success Navigator who specializes in your "school of" will be in contact with you throughout the school year to check-in and make sure you are receiving the support you need. 

School of Applied Technology

School of Business and Information Technology

School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Drop-in services

We have drop-in services on each of our campuses! Visit the front desk or Student Services during the following times and ask to meet with a Success Navigator: 

Fergus FallsMoorheadWadenaDetroit Lakes

Monday: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. 

Tuesday: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. 

Wednesday: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m.  

Thursday: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m.  

Friday: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m.

*Located behind the front desk!  

Monday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

*Find us in the east commons!*

Monday: 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4 p.m.

Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4 p.m.

*Dean will be located in the cafeteria from 11 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday

Dean will be physically on the Detroit Lakes campus on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at the times listed below. He is available to do virtual meetings with students on other days, as well. 

8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-3:30 p.m.

*Dean will be located in the Student Life Area from 9-11 a.m.

Virtual appointments

We also have an online option to meet with a Success Navigator. Click the following link to set up a virtual appointment with any of our Success Navigators:


Upcoming workshops


Fergus Falls


Detroit Lakes


Start Smart Workshop

1 - 3 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21

Room D119

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Start Smart Workshop 

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Room S432

More coming soon!

Start Smart Workshop

9 - 11 a.m.

Tuesday, August 13

Room G114

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Start Smart Workshop

12 - 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29


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Start Smart Workshop

2 - 4 p.m.

Friday, August 23


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Start Smart Workshop

6 - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, August 27


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