Contacting Your Academic Advisor Before Your Arrival

To ensure a smooth and productive transfer to Minnesota State Mankato, especially in highly competitive programs, it is in your best interest to understand early on how your coursework aligns with the University's requirements and policies, and what a potential plan of study could look like. Use this page as a guide to connecting with your academic advisor BEFORE your arrival at Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

Step 1: Gather the documents

Gather digital copies of your unofficial transcripts and course syllabi from your current institution. The more detail and information you can provide on past coursework, the better! Compile these documents into one (1) zip file to attach to an email. (Click here for instructions on making a zip file.)

Step 2: Find your academic advisor

Before arriving at the University, your academic advisor will be the Student Relations Coordinator for your program's college. Student Relations Coordinators (SRCs) are expert academic advisors and work closely with faculty in creating study plans for students. You will work with the SRC that is assigned to your program's college (example: Engineering is part of CSET).

College of Allied Health: Shirley Murray

School of Nursing: Kasi Johnson

College of Arts and Humanities: Lindsay Smith

College of Business: Linda Meidl

College of Education: Tracy Stokes-Hernandez

College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET): Ken Adams

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS): Mel Iverson

Once you arrive at Minnesota State Mankato, you may be reassigned to a faculty advisor. 

Step 3: Email your advisor with your documentation

Email is one of the easiest ways to get in touch with the Student Relations Coordinator. This allows them to review your documentation and let you know if they need more information before presenting the documents to the faculty. Please allow 3-7 business days for their response to your request. Often before they can give you any information, they need to review your request with department chairs. 

You can copy and paste this email template into the email. Be sure to fill in your specific information where the text is in brackets and bolded. 

Email Subject Line: U.S.-Based International Transfer Student Request

Hi [Advisor's Name]:

My name is [your full name] and my TechID is [12345678]. I plan to transfer to Minnesota State Mankato from [your current institution's name] in [term]. I have attached my unofficial transcripts and syllabi to this email. Could you please help me determine what requirements my coursework will fulfill at Minnesota State Mankato?

Thank you, [Your Name]

Step 4: Review the academic advisor's evaluation

Your academic advisor will email you back in 3-7 business days (it may take slightly longer during peak advising times) with a detailed degree evaluation. This will help you determine course registration for the next semester. If you have any questions, you can call or email the advisor to inquire further.