Changing your Advisor

Changing Advisor

Occasionally circumstances arise that call for consideration of a change in advisor.  A student wishing to change advisors should communicate formally (via email) the reasons why the student would like to change their advisor with the Coordinator of Advising, Gina Brewington, at gbrewing@umn.edu.  The student needs to set up an in-person appointment with the Coordinator of Advising to discuss their request.  A change in advisor must be approved by the coordinator and advising leadership in order to keep advising loads equitable. *If an advisor leaves his/her advising role, her/his advisees will be notified and assigned another advisor by the current Coordinator of Advising.

Circumstances that might be approved for a change of advisor are:

  • You may have recently changed majors and need an adviser in a new department.

  • Your adviser might be on leave and unavailable for a semester or a year.

  • You might have thought you changed advisers but that change isn’t reflected in the student database (because someone might have entered it incorrectly).

Circumstances that will most likely not be approved for advisor change:

  • General dislike of advisor or advising style.

  • Don’t think you need an advisor.

  • My friends have a better advisor.

  • In other colleges, they let students switch advisors.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Gina Brewington, Coordinator of Advising at gbrewing@umn.edu or contact the CFANS Advising Center at 612-301-2389 for assistance.