Advising and Counseling

Online Appointment Scheduling

Schedule your advising appointment or call the Advising Office Front Desk at 507-285-7260 for scheduling assistance. This is an online web-based tool that will make scheduling your appointment easy, just log in with your STAR ID and password.

Need help with your Appeal Paperwork? Use the online scheduling tool, AdvisorVue, call us at 507-285-7260, or stop by SS133 to get assistance.

New students contact the Welcome and One Stop Center at 507-285-7557 to schedule an orientation session.

Academic Advising and College Counseling

Every student has an academic advisor or counselor, who is here to support students in their educational growth and guide them through program requirements. Your assigned counselor or advisor appears on your schedule and on your Degree Audit Report (DARS). Students should work closely with their academic advisor or counselor so that educational goals are met. It is very important to meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester to ensure that you receive ongoing advice regarding satisfactory academic and career progress.  Students who have concerns that cannot be addressed by their assigned advisor are always welcome to meet with a counselor.

Express Advising
Advisors/Counselors have drop-in availability posted on their schedule in AdvisorVue.

If you don’t see drop-in times posted, please schedule an appointment with them. Drop-in times are for assistance with these items below and take a relatively short amount of time (10 minutes).

  • Questions about Accuplacer test scores and appropriate classes
  • Permission for Accuplacer retest
  • Questions about Drop/Add/Withdraw
  • Financial Aid consortium agreement approval
  • Request to take more than 19 credits
  • Basic questions about special admission programs (not long-term planning)
  • Course swap or changing sections
  • Questions about e-Forms
  • Registration dates
  • Questions about e-Services or Desire2Learn (D2L) log-in

Appointments (30 minutes) for any of the following reasons:

  • First-Year Experience (FYEX) visits
  • Long-term academic planning/in-depth special admission planning
  • Transfer planning
  • In-Depth Degree Audit Reporting (DARS) information
  • Academic or Financial Aid appeal planning
  • Academic difficulties or concerns
  • Semester registration
  • International transcript discussion

It is very important to meet with your advisor or counselor each semester. Bring your DARS report when meeting with your advisor or counselor.

Additional Services (Available through online appointment scheduling)

  • Personal counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Veterans Services
  • International Student Services
  • Student-Athletes academic advisor
  • Student Emergency Fund assistance


Advising and Counseling Department has two locations.

  • Heintz Center H1434 (Career and Technical Advisors)
  • Main Campus
    • SS133 (Advisors/Counselors, Veterans/International student services)
    • SS 130 (Paula Carlsen, RCTC/WSU Academic Advisor)


Please contact us at 507-285-7260.

RCTC Advisors

Paula Carlsen

SS 130 | | 507-535-3791

Academic pathways and programs: Shared Advisor, Alcohol and Drug Bioinformatics Foundations, Biology Transfer Pathway, Chemistry Transfer Pathway, Child, Youth and Family Studies, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science Transfer Pathway, Human Services Specialist, Human Services Technician, Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway, Psychology Transfer Program, WSU Path to Purple Articulations


Jennifer Dahle

SS 136 | | 507-280-3535

Academic pathways and programs: Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant, Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist, Clincial Neurophysiology Technology, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Technology, Emergency Medicine Paramedic, Histology Technician, MRI, Nursing, Practical Nursing, Radiography, Surgical Technology, Veterinary Technician


Othelmo da Silva

SS 174 | | 507-285-7566

Veterans and International Students




Anna Hanson

SS 175 | | 507-292-5198

Asst. Director, Disability Support Services; Disability Services Advisor




Brooke Kosok

SS 140 | | 507-285-7160

Academic pathways and programs: Post-Secondary Enrollment Option




Kerry Schad

SS 143 | | 507-285-7272

Academic pathways and programs: Administrative Office Professional, Automotive Technician, Cancer Registry Management, Carpentry, Coding Specialist, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Technology, Executive Office Professional, Facility and Services Technology, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Office Professional, Welding Technology


Nate Smith

SS 138 | | 507-280-5005

Academic pathways and programs: Accounting Clerk, Accounting Transfer Pathway, Aviation Pilot, Business Administration, Business Analysis, Business Management, Business Management – Hospitality, Business Management – Marketing, Business Transfer Pathway, Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway, Digital Marketing Specialist, Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement Skills, Liberal Arts and Sciences (last names A-F, K-N),  Athletes


Emily Yang

SS 142 | | 507-280-3120

Academic pathways and programs: Art Transfer Pathway, Communication Studies, Communication Studies Transfer Pathway, Graphic Design, History Transfer Pathway, Liberal Arts and Sciences (G-J), Mass Communication, Mass Communication Transfer Pathway, Music Creative Technologies, Music Technology, Photography, Sociology Transfer Pathway, Web Design, Workplace Communication