- Academic Support Resources
Sue Van Voorhis, director
Academic Support Resources (ASR) is an integrated service unit composed of the registrar, student finance, and classroom management. One Stop Student Service centers are the public face of ASR for students, helping them navigate their registration, financial aid, billing, payment, student records, and veterans benefits. In collaboration with the Office of Information Technology and collegiate technology units, ASR improves the daily experiences of students, staff, and faculty through modern, flexible technology. ASR also invests in strategic communication to support student success.
- Center for Academic Planning and Exploration
LeeAnn Melin, director
The mission of the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) is to help undergraduate students find their academic home and declare their major by working directly with undecided students to provide high-touch, individualized services that guide them through the decision-making process, and partnering with colleges and units to enhance their services to work more effectively with exploring students.
- McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes
JT Bruett, director
The goal of the McNamara Academic Center (MAC) is to foster the development of student-athletes as they balance academics with athletics while pursuing a baccalaureate degree, and to promote a partnership between the academic and athletic missions of the University of Minnesota.
- Office of Admissions
Rachelle Hernandez, director
Enrolling an academically qualified, diverse student body is essential to the University's mission. The Office of Admissions is responsible for coordinating the majority of the Twin Cities campus's undergraduate student recruitment efforts and collaborates campus-wide with colleges, departments, and the Office of Undergraduate Education, to meet the University's enrollment goals.
Admissions professionals meet with prospective students and their families at high schools, community colleges, and during campus visits, which are hosted and managed by the Office of Admissions. Specific questions regarding admission, academic scholarships, and the University Honors Program should be directed to the Office of Admissions. Prospective undergraduate students wishing to visit campus are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions Visit Office to arrange a campus tour and information session.
- Orientation & First-Year Programs
Beth Lingren Clark, director
The mission of Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) is to provide quality transitional experiences that maximize students’ potential for personal and academic success and assist them in adjusting to the challenges of collegiate life. OFYP serves new freshmen and transfer students along with their parents and families. Initiatives include Freshman Orientation, Transfer Orientation, Welcome Week for new freshmen, Convocation, and an annual First-Year Conference for faculty and advisers who work with first-year students.
- President's Emerging Scholars
Steven Cisneros, director
The President's Emerging Scholars Program is a four-year opportunity for undergraduate students. Participants will receive a number of benefits, including professional advising, peer mentoring, and opportunities for engagement to ensure a positive and successful University of Minnesota experience. The President's Emerging Scholars Program aims to enrich students' academic experiences, and equip them to excel academically. The Program's mission is to ensure the timely graduation of its participants by assisting them with identifying University resources to help them realize personal, academic, and career goals.
PES is available in these colleges: College of Liberal Arts, College of Education and Human Development, and College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
Reserve Officer Training Corps
Lt. Col. Elizabeth M. Grupe, Air Force ROTC
Lt. Col. Collin Keenan, Army ROTC
Captain Curtis Gilbert, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) prepares University students for future officer leadership in the United States Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, or Navy, and motivates young people to be better citizens. ROTC is dedicated to service to the local community, state, and nation. Students participate in physical training, community service, drill competitions, and other team building and leadership activities.
- SMART Learning Commons
Lynell Williams, director
The SMART Learning Commons, a tutoring service dedicated to providing help to students to improve their research, technology, and writing skills, is a collaborative effort between the University Libraries and the Office of Undergraduate Education. It has offices on the West Bank, East Bank, and in Saint Paul.
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
Paul Silicano, director
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) connects undergraduate students with faculty mentors to participate in various forms of research—for example, laboratory, archival, archaeological, and survey research, as well as creative activities. Students and their faculty mentors do not have to be in the same department, and often work together across departments and disciplines.
- University Honors Program
Matt Bribitzer-Stull, director
The mission of the University Honors Program (UHP) is to guide and challenge students from across the University as they develop into broad, creative, independent, and informed thinkers. For 2011, the average ACT of the incoming honors class was 32.2. Comprising 10 percent of the University’s undergraduate population, honors students excel both in the classroom and outside of it.