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Visit an Academic Counselor



Courtni Guidry
Assistant Dean for Student Services; Academic Counselor



Rachel Dorsa
Academic Counselor


The Manship School's academic counselors, Courtni Guidry and Rachel Dorsa, are here to support you. Students consistently give them high ratings. More importantly, they help you plan effectively to graduate on time.

Virtual Advising

In light of COVID-19, advising in the Manship School is now conducted remotely. Our advising appointments can be completed over the phone or via Zoom (video conference). To request an appointment, current students will be required to make appointments at least 24 hours in advance through Navigate (directions below). When making an appointment, please provide a current phone number and indicate in the comment section which mode of communication is preferred (phone or Zoom). If no preference is selected, a phone appointment will result. If a Zoom appointment is requested, students will receive directions about Zoom after they schedule an appointment through Navigate.

Please note: If a phone appointment is selected, Rachel Dorsa or Courtni Guidry will call you at the time of your scheduled appointment (the incoming call may appear as either as “No Caller ID” or “No Name, No Number”). Appointments are scheduled according to Central Standard Time (CST).

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Need an Appointment?

Schedule an appointment by downloading the Navigate Student app, which is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store

With Navigate, you can:

  • Make an appointment with a Manship School academic counselor
  • View course schedule
  • Join available class study groups via Study Buddies
  • Learn about campus resources
  • Stay up to do date with important deadlines
  • Access recommended "to-do" tasks

If you have any trouble accessing the Navigate app, refer to the LSU Navigate website for assistance. 

Graduating Next Semester?

Check out with a counselor this semester. All Manship School students must meet with a counselor in the semester prior to their graduation semester. During this meeting, you will complete your application for your degree, ensure that you are on track to meet all graduation requirements and get information about participating in the graduation ceremony. This is a required meeting. Schedule your meeting today using Navigate.

Need to Talk to Someone?

A Manship School counselor will be glad to help. Undergraduate students can see either counselor. Rachel Dorsa specializes in working with graduate students. The counselors are a great resource for solving issues in classes and around the school. If they can’t solve it, they are great resources to get you connected and on the right path.