University of Minnesota

About Us


NACADA (National Academic Advising Association)

2013 Outstanding Institutional Advising Program - National Award

MCPA (Minnesota College Personnel Association)

2012 Innovations in Student Development - State Award

University of Minnesota Career Development Network

2012 Gold Recognition Award, Diversity and Inclusion Recognition Program

Purpose of CAPE

The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) is designed to provide targeted, "high-touch" academic transition support for students who will most benefit from such assistance – highly undecided students, students desiring competitive majors, and students transitioning from one college to another.

CAPE Mission

CAPE’s mission is to empower undergraduate students to make informed, self-determined choices about their academic plan at the University of Minnesota.

This mission is achieved through:

  • 1-1 holistic coaching that integrates academic advising and career development
  • 1-credit hybrid course that utilizes CAPE’s Action Plan curriculum
  • Peer-led services to help students learn from and with other students
  • Strong partnerships with collegiate and university-wide student services
  • Online resources with an eye for transparency and ease of use for both students and advisers

Our Values


We recognize and honor that students bring their whole selves to the exploration process and we see the student-coach relationship as a partnership.


We seek to create a supportive and respectful space where each student can bring their unique strengths, lived experiences, and intersectional identities to the exploration process.

Growth & Transformation

We embrace innovation, creativity, and curiosity in our daily work. We continually examine our institutional systems through an equity mindset and take action where change is needed.

Hope & Resilience

We strive to develop a sense of hope and strengthen students’ resilience as they pursue their academic goals.


We believe in all students’ potential to reach their goals, and through the coaching partnership provide students with tangible life-skills and resources to aid them now and in the future around decision-making.

Center for Academic Planning and Exploration

511 Robert H. Bruininks Hall

222 Pleasant St. SE | Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-3076 |

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