Undergraduate Student Advising

Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic all advising appointments will be conducted virtually during the fall 2020 semester. To schedule a virtual appointment with you academic advisor please contact them using the information below.

Information and Appointments

Make an appointment with your advisor using the online scheduling links below, or contact Student Services to make an appointment:

  • Newly admitted freshmen and transfer students from outside of the U of M-Twin Cities campus: You will meet your academic advisor at New Student Orientation. If you have questions regarding Orientation, please contact the College of Design at 612-626-3690 or cdesinfo@umn.edu.
  • Newly admitted transfer students from within the U of M-Twin Cities campus: To schedule an advising appointment prior to the term in which you enter the College of Design, contact Student Services. For other matters, contact your advisor directly.

  • To apply to a College of Design minor: Go to the Academic Programs page, select your preferred minor listed under Undergraduate Minors, then click on "apply online" near the bottom of the page.
  • To ask an advising question: Email the advisor at desminor@umn.edu.


Meet the Advisors

Apparel Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Retail Merchandising

Advisors for these majors are located in 12 McNeal Hall on the St. Paul Campus.

Kaitlyn Bock


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Stay true to yourself! Find groups, organizations, or activities that interest you to connect with new people. Stay organized – keep track of your responsibilities inside and outside of the classroom. Meet with your advisor and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Lastly, remember to take time for yourself and have fun!

Katie Leonard


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Be open to new ideas and experiences. Try to find a balance between academic work and personal activities. Get to know faculty members. Use the resources the University has to offer. Ask questions. Meet with your advisor. Explore your passion.

Wanda Loerch


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Sleep, exercise and take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. It is much harder to do well in school if you are run-down, stressed or anxious. Set aside some time each day (even just a few minutes) to exercise, meditate, connect with a friend, or whatever helps you to recharge and find balance in your life.


Architecture, Landscape Design & Planning, and Product Design

Advisors for these majors are located in 107 Rapson Hall on the East Bank.

Dominique Gant


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Get to know your advisors and faculty; those relationships are very important. Find time for yourself and make self-care a habit. Join a student organization, meet new people, and create new experiences. Reach out if you are having trouble, academic or otherwise. There are no dumb questions.

Adalia Samuel


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Be your biggest advocate. Ask questions, and trust your inner self. Relationships are the currency of power; so get out of your comfort zone and meet new people! Explore disciplines outside of your major, there are a ton of amazing programs and courses that could intersect with your interests and goals. Take advantage of all the resources and services that the University provides, you'll miss them when they're gone!

Chris Schlichting


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Use a planner or calendar to organize your time. (Most students confess they should have learned this skill sooner than they did.) Trust your instincts when it comes to pursuing academic areas that are interesting and engaging to you. Your commitment to those areas will result in discovering new possibilities.