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Walk-In Advising

Come talk about your major, minor, accomplishments, or challenges. No appointment necessary.

Consider arriving early during busy times of the semester. There is seldom any wait from weeks 3 - 8 of the semester, so if you'd like to sit down with an advisor to plan out your coming year(s), discuss special interests and opportunities, or tailor your program to your intellectual and career goals, mid-semester is the best time for this.

Our peer advisors all have weekly drop-in hours. They can help you declare, coordinate your interests and classes, and plan your upcoming semester.

Advising Calendar

Since GES has many different majors & minors, students may only go to the hours designated for them. 

  • Urban Studies students should contact Paula Pentel for drop-ins or appointments (not listed on calendar)
  • All other students should look for an advising period that is designated for their major or minor


Our GES Advising Team

We have a great team of advisors who specialize in one or more of our major and minor programs. 

When contacting an advisor, please follow these guidelines to help us serve you as effectively as possible. 

  • Use your UMN email
  • Include your student ID number in the email
  • Write your major/minor program in the subject line
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Dr. Ivan Bialostosky

Departmental Advisor
406 Social Sciences (West Bank)

Geography and GIS, Biology, Society, and Environment and Public Health students: Ivan has two time slots a week set aside for appointments. Schedule your appointment here. Please include your name and what you want to discuss in the description section.


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Paula Pentel

Urban Studies Advisor & Co-Cordinator for Urban Studies
348 Social Sciences (West Bank)

Urban Studies Students


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Janette Romero

Peer advisor for BSE and Public Health



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Lorena Vasquez

Peer advisor for BSE and Public Health


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Meghan Konka

Peer advisor for BSE and Public Health


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Sophia Gilleland

Peer advisor for GEOG and GIS



Are you transferring to the U from another school? Do you have questions about transferring credits? Browse CLA's transfer student pages and contact a CLA transfer advisor. If you have questions about how classes might fulfill major/minor program requirements, see our petition info sheet on the Geography/GIS or BSE "courses" page.