Undergraduate advising

Your departmental (major) academic advisor can answer questions and advise students on major degree requirements, department procedures, engagement opportunities, and general questions about your experience as an undergraduate student.

Students who are admitted to a computer science degree program, prospective students, lower division students, and students pursuing the computer science minor are welcome to meet with any of the four advisors.  

Schedule an appointment online

Current University students should schedule their advising appointment online.

All appointments will be conducted over Zoom or the phone. Students must have either installed the Zoom for Meetings Desktop App or the Zoom Mobile App in order to attend the virtual appointment. We recommend using the Desktop App. Detailed installation instructions can be found on OIT’s website here. General Zoom help documentation can be found here.

    Drop-in advising hours

    Due to recent developments and the University of Minnesota's response to COVID-19, drop-in advising hours for summer 2020 are canceled. Advisors will be offering virtual appointments M-F during normal business hours, however, quick advising questions that have normally been addressed during drop-in hours can be sent to csciug@umn.edu.

    You may also be able to find the answers to your questions in the CS Undergraduate Guide.

    Meet the advisors

    Jacquelyn Burt

    Jacquelyn Burt

    Jacquelyn (she/her/hers) earned her B.S. in business marketing education from the University of Minnesota in 2014, spent a few years in higher education administration work in the UMN Global Programs office and UMN Law School, then made the leap to advising and completed her M.Ed. in Leadership Education in 2019 while working as an advisor at the Law School. During her 10 years (and counting!) on campus, she participated in the UMN marching band on the drumline, served as a TA in the leadership minor, studied abroad on multiple short-term experiences, conducted undergraduate research, and was heavily involved (get it?) in the weightlifting club. Her favorite thing about advising is helping facilitate connection, inclusion, and belonging for CSCI students within such a big campus, and she is a passionate advocate for all UMN students. When she's not advising, you can find her cheering on the Gophers (in all sports!), running with her rescued Bernese mountain dog mix, Maverick, coaching running with Girls on the Run, or lifting heavy things in the campus gym.

    Josie Kahlenbeck

    Josie Kahlenbeck

    Josie (she/her/hers) has been working at the U of M since 2015. She earned a B.A. in Spanish, political science, and Latin American area studies at the University of Minnesota Morris and a Master's in Liberal Studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, studying gender, politics, and history, focusing on Eva Peron (Argentina) and Eleanor Roosevelt as First Ladies. During her undergrad, Josie studied abroad for a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina and loves learning about Latin American political history. Prior to CS&E, Josie worked at the University of Maine Office of Admissions and the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center. Josie enjoys working with students to develop their academic plan and to think about what other opportunities they can take advantage of while at the university. When not at work, Josie volunteers at the Humane Society and enjoys learning to cook, going to Twins games, hanging out with her old (and perfect) pitbull mix Cricket, and running in races.

    Kelly Thomas

    Kelly Thomas

    Kelly Thomas (she/her/hers) earned her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Carleton College, where she also played club rugby, intramural ultimate frisbee, and broomball. Her senior thesis was on Batman! She earned her M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota and has been at the University of Minnesota since 2013. Kelly is a dedicated volunteer teacher at the English Learning Center, where adult immigrants and refugees learn math and English. She loves cats (her cat's name is Keller), sushi, and anything that is peacock colored. She also enjoys fantasy football, card games like cribbage and spades, going to concerts, and books. Feel free to ask her what she’s currently reading!

    *If you're a student admitted to one of our Computer Science major programs and you haven't been assigned a Departmental Academic Advisor or you wish to change your Departmental Academic Advisor you can use this form to request an update.

    Undergraduate advising and mandated reporting

    In the Computer Science & Engineering (CS&E) department, confidentiality is important to us, and most of your conversations (including email) with CS&E staff are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). However, University policy, state, and federal laws place some limits on confidentiality and may require CS&E staff to release information, without your permission, to designated authorities.

    We are required to report if you:

    • Report a credible and imminent threat of danger to yourself or another person(s)
    • Report or describe, or we suspect, any physical abuse, neglect, mental injury, or sexual abuse of children within the last three years (this includes the occurrence of abuse or neglect to yourself if you were under age 18 at the time of the abuse)
    • Report sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence, and/or related retaliation. In this case, a report will be made to the Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, which will reach out to you to share resources for personal support and information about how to initiate an investigation process or other responsive action if you choose.

    In the case that we must report, our practice is to notify you either in-person or through email that the information you shared with your advisor has been reported to the EOAA office. If you have any questions, please contact  csciug@umn.edu .