Advising Appointment

How to Schedule an Appointment with the University Advising Center:

  • Use this link to schedule an appointment via MavConnect with an advisor:
    Schedule a Meeting
  • Call our office at 507-389-1650 or visit us in Memorial Library 111. 

Coming prepared

Come prepared with the following to make the most out of your appointment time:

  1. Copy of your DARS (Degree Audit Report)
  2. List of possible classes for next semester (if meeting about registration, shoot for about 14-16 credits)
  3. Any other information relevant to the purpose of the meeting

After the Appointment

Once you have met with an advisor, there are several things you can do to improve your opportunities to succeed at the University.

  1. Set aside time to process. Your advisor may have given you a lot of new information. Take time to think over what your advisor has told you and determine your course of action. Sometimes a lot of new information in a short period can be overwhelming. Break it into smaller pieces and think—one at a time—about each piece.
  2. Take your advisor's advice. Advisors are knowledgeable about the resources available to students on campus. If they believe you might benefit from one of those resources, follow up on their suggestions. It never hurts to see what options are available.

Best Practices for Meeting with an Advisor

Although each office may differ slightly, there are several general steps to follow when making an appointment to meet with an advisor:

  1. Be proactive. By making an appointment ahead of time, you will secure time on your advisor's calendar. Some offices accept walk-in appointments, however this does not guarantee that your advisor will be available to meet with you at that time. During busy times of the year, it is highly recommended that you plan ahead and schedule an appointment early.
  2. Be on time. If you do not arrive on time you may be faced with several problems. First, your time with your advisor could be cut short. Second, if your advisor's next appointment has already arrived you may have to wait for the next available time on your advisor's schedule. Third, by not arriving on time, you may have to reschedule for a different day. Lastly, each missed appointment means a lost time slot that could have gone to someone else.
  3. Come prepared. Please bring the appropriate materials to your meeting with your academic advisor. If your advisor does not know which classes you have taken or which classes you are planning to take, there may be little they can do to assist you.