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 guide students through the exploration process of finding a major that reflects their unique interests, strengths, and personal values. CAPE Coaches work collaboratively with students to help them achieve their individual goals, in addition to partnering with campus colleagues to provide expertise and resources to the broader University of Minnesota community.

The Values that Guide our Work


We believe in, expect, and look for the best in all students. We seek to maximize students' potential and provide services that integrate a holistic perspective. CAPE recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and that there are multiple paths to achieve success.


CAPE is committed to student success and the educational mission of the University. We value the exploration process but also recognize that timely progress is important. Our goal is to help students find their academic home so they may fully engage in their undergraduate experience and graduate from the University of Minnesota.


We cannot do this work alone. Students need to be active partners in the process as well as staff, faculty and departments across campus. Together, we share responsibility for the success of each student, CAPE services, and enhancing the undergraduate experience.


CAPE is always moving forward. We embrace innovation, creativity, curiosity, and discovery.  We try new things, seek out research and best practices to implement, and share what we learn with the broader campus community.

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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