Tips and Resources for CFANS Students
Work closely with a CFANS advisor!
Connecting with your advisor is a great opportunity to work with someone who is familiar with the U of M, and who can connect you with resources, answer your questions, and support you with your academic, professional and personal goals. All new students entering CFANS are assigned to an academic advisor. You’ll meet with an advisor during new student orientation and will continue to connect with your assigned academic advisor each semester throughout your undergraduate career.
In addition, you will also be assigned to a faculty mentor in your major who will assist you further with academic and career planning. To declare your major, specialization, or track, talk with your advisor.
How to get the most from your advising appointment:
- Schedule your advising appointment early. Every semester students have an assigned course registration time. You will want to set an appointment with your advisor before this time to get your advising hold moved so you can register for classes.
- Prepare your course schedule. Before meeting with your advisor, review your major’s course requirements and develop a schedule of courses you plan to take.
- Make your own decisions. Advisors can help you define options, but they cannot decide for you.
Resources for Students
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 planning information and support is available to all CFANS students through Career and Internship Services. Career counselors can help with every step of your process – from self-discovery, internship and job search, résumé writing, practice interviews, grad school planning, through career classes and appointments.
Each year, CFANS awards more than $1.5 million in academic scholarships to its students. The college also offers grants for student development opportunities such as study abroad, research, conference attendance, internships, and more. Explore your options and apply for funding.
One of the college’s values is diversity and inclusion. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion is here to provide community, support, education, and advocacy for students in CFANS. Please check out the Office for Diversity and Inclusion to learn more about the office’s programs and services, the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) student group, and campus and community diversity resources.
We encourage you to get involved in activities related to your majors or interests. CFANS has many student clubs connected to majors. These are run by and for students, and are a fun way to meet people.
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:
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.
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.
Research at the University of Minnesota provides undergraduate students the opportunity for faculty mentorship, active learning, and a chance to create new knowledge while being challenged in new ways. Our curiosity makes us who we are. It drives us to discover. Join the thousands of U of M students who participate in undergraduate research each year.
Through internships and volunteering, you learn by doing and gain professional experience that future employers and graduate schools expect and value. Explore the opportunities near and far that meet your goals and fit your life, through Career and Internship Services and 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 it offers all the resources and opportunities of a major university. Take advantage of everything offered here:
- St. Paul Student Center — 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 — Fitness machines, classes, climbing wall, bouldering cave, tracks, pool, yoga, outdoor tennis and ball fields, and more.
- CFANS Dairy Store and Meat Store — Weekly specials made by CFANS.
- Numerous study lounges
- Bailey Residence Hall and cafeteria
- Healthcare and counseling clinics
- Walking distance to MN State Fair grounds
- Lots of parking
- Big, beautiful green spaces and the famous grassy Mall
- Copy Center for printing special projects
- computer labs
- 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.