Every College of Design student is assigned a professional academic advisor who will work with you from New Student Orientation through graduation. As a new student in the College of Design, you are required to meet with your advisor during your first year in the college.
Make an Appointment
We are currently offering virtual and telephone advising appointments, as our staff is working remotely at this time. Please click on the "Make an Appointment" button below your advisor's name to utilize the online scheduling tool. If you have difficulties, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 612-624-1717 or 612-626-3690.
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.
Architecture, Landscape Design & Planning, and Product Design
Advisors for these majors are located in 107 Rapson Hall on the East Bank.
Frequently Asked Advising Questions
Who can newly admitted students contact for advising help?
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 New Student Orientation, please contact the College of Design at 612-626-3690 or email@example.com.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What topics can my academic advisor help me with?
You can expect to meet your advisor during New Student Orientation. Advisors serve as a student’s first point of contact for questions, concerns, ideas, and issues.
- Engagement opportunities, such as undergraduate research, leadership, service learning, and student organizations
- Progressing to full-major status
- Internship information and process
- International and domestic study away advising
- Referrals to other University resources and services
- Selecting a minor or second major
- Changes in your academic status, e.g., reduced credit load, leave of absence
- Petition process
- Academic probation advising
- Registration hold releases
- Change of major and undeclared student advising
- Preparation for graduation
How should I prepare for an appointment?
When meeting with an advisor, it’s your responsibility to:
- Read and understand your Academic Progress Audit System (APAS) and your program's four-year plan, and ask your advisor if you have questions on either
- Schedule appointments early and arrive on time
- Stay current on collegiate and University policies, deadlines, and resources
- Make satisfactory academic progress toward timely graduation
- Make and be accountable for your own decisions about your academic life
- Treat your advisor in a respectful, professional manner (which includes turning off your cell phone during appointments)
It’s your advisor’s responsibility to:
- Advise you in a knowledgeable, professional, and respectful manner
- Communicate to you pertinent collegiate and University information, including changes to your degree program
- Allow you to make your own decisions about your academic life
- Keep appropriate information about you confidential
How do I apply for a minor within the College of Design?
The College of Design offers nine undergraduate minors, which are available to any U of M Twin Cities student. To apply to a minor, visit its page and click on the “apply online” button. To ask an advising question, email the advisor at email@example.com.
Fashion Studies Minor
Interdisciplinary Design Minor
Interior Environments Minor
Landscape Design and Planning Minor
Public Interest Design