Tips and Resources for CFANS Students

Academic Advising

flower mWork closely with a CFANS adviser!

It's the best way to fulfill your academic requirements and graduate on time.

All new students entering CFANS are assigned to a collegiate academic adviser. You'll have your first appointment with your assigned advisor during new student orientation and will continue to connect with your academic advisor each semester throughout your undergraduate career. In addition, you will be assigned to a faculty mentor in your major who will assist you further with academic and career planning.

To declare your specialization/track (or declare your major), talk to your adviser or the Student Services office.

How to get the most from your advising appointment:

  • Schedule your appointment early, so you don't have to delay your registration for classes.
  • Before meeting with your adviser to discuss plans for your next semester, check your APAS report, review the online Class Schedule and develop a preliminary course plan using Schedule Builder.
  • Make your own decisions. Advisers can help you define options, but they cannot decide for you.

Resources for Students

forest surveyInfo about CFANS Majors

Learn the essentials of every CFANS major. See what you can specialize in, career paths related to each major, typical classes and curriculum, key contact people and more.

Career Services

The career office for CFANS students is Career & Internship Services, which helps with all stages of career planning. They'll guide you through internship and job searches, resume writing, practice interviews, grad school planning and much more. For details or to make an appointment, see the Career & Internship page. For more information about careers connected to CFANS majors see their Major Info page.

Scholarships and Grants

Each year, CFANS awards more than $1 million in general scholarships to its students. We also offer funding connects to achievement, majors, diversity, study abroad, research, internships, and more. Explore your options and apply for funding!

CFANS Multicultural Student Support

CFANS provides an academic community that cultivates diversity. We recognize the importance of access to multiple worldviews and cultural styles. To support that, we offer unique programs and resources for diverse students. Visit the CFANS Diversity website or contact the CFANS Office for Diversity & Inclusion at

veggiesCFANS Student Groups and Clubs

We encourage you to get involved in activities related to your majors or interests. CFANS has many student clubs connected to majors. They are run by and for students, and are a fun way to meet people.

U of M Teams, Clubs, and More

The U offers more than 600 student groups, clubs, professional organizations, and honor societies, as well as 500 intramural sports leagues in 21 sports. You're sure to find something that fits your interests. See a list of all student groups here and a list of intramural sports here.

Enrich Your Learning - Try these Programs:

study abroadEducation Abroad

Expand your global perspective, cultural knowledge, and intercultural skills with an international experience. You can choose to study, research, volunteer, or intern abroad on a short-term, semester, or year-long program. Earn academic credit and fulfill major, liberal education, or elective requirements toward your degree. Visit CFANS International Programs and the Learning Abroad Center for more information.

CFANS Mentor Program

This program makes it easy for you to connect with CFANS alumni who work in professions that interest you. We'll match you with a mentor aligned with your career interests or major. A mentor relationship allows students to network with professionals, learn how organizations work, and get advice on preparing for the working world. The program is coordinated by the CFANS Alumni Society.

researchUndergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

This program allows you to conduct special research outside of regular coursework. You'll receive a financial award, and do a research project in partnership with a faculty member.

Internships and Volunteer Positions

Through internships and volunteering, you learn by doing, and you gain professional experience. Future employers and grad schools look for these experiences. For internship information or advice, contact Career & Internship Services. For help finding local volunteer positions that match your interests and values, contact the U of M's Center for Community-Engaged Learning.

Enjoy the St. Paul Campus!

CFANS is the only U of M College that's fully based on the St. Paul campus. That's an added bonus, because this campus offers the best of both worlds. It's smaller and friendly, yet offers all the resources and opportunities of a major university. Take advantage of everything offered here:

  • St. Paul Student Center includes a food court, convenience store, movies, bowling, game room, art gallery, post office, study spaces, U Card office, and more. Eat, lounge, and have fun!
  • Rec Center/St. Paul Gym features fitness machines, classes, climbing wall, bouldering cave, tracks, pool, yoga, outdoor tennis and ball fields, and more.
  • CFANS Dairy Store and Meat Store with weekly specials made by CFANSHeidie and Amy
  • Libraries ranging is sizes from large to small
  • Bookstore
  • Study lounges all over
  • Bailey Residence Hall and dining hall
  • Big, beautiful green spaces and the famous grassy Mall
  • Healthcare and counseling clinics
  • Copy Center for printing special projects as well as computer labs
  • Walking distance to MN State Fairgrounds
  • Lots of parking
  • 4 blocks from the quaint St. Anthony Park district with restaurants, cafes, stores, services, and more

When you want to visit the Minneapolis campus, take a free Campus Connector bus and you'll be there in a few minutes.

Whenever you need help or information, contact CFANS Student Services:

CFANS Advising Center
130 Coffey Hall