Academic Advising

HDFS Student Services Center, Family Studies Building, Room 123

Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30pm

Undergraduate advising and general undergraduate concerns

Because we serve many students, meetings are by appointment only



Undergraduate Advisors

Who is my advisor?

All Human Development and Family Studies students at the Storrs campus are assigned to Kristin Van Ness, the full time professional Academic Advisor. The only exception is for Honors and Early Childhood Development and Education (ECD/E) students.

If you are an honors student, your advisor is Dr. Kari Adamsons. If you are in the ECD/E program, you will be assigned to one of three faculty who specialize in that area. All students can see their assigned advisor in the Student Administration System

All Honors and ECD/E students may make an appointment with Kristin Van Ness for general HDFS questions and concerns.

We do not have assigned faculty advisors for HDFS, but we encourage our students to build relationships with our faculty. Each of our career pathways lists faculty who specialize in that area and are available for specific questions.

Book an Appointment

How do I make an appointment with an advisor?

Please visit to schedule an appointment with an advisor. You can select from any advisor listed during a time that is best for you.

If you’re unable to attend your scheduled appointment for whatever reason, please officially cancel the appointment. Appointments are 30 minutes and are reserved just for you.

Advising Center Location

Where do I find my advisor?

We are located in the HDFS Student Services Center which is in the Family Studies Building, Room 123

Our hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30pm

Because we serve many students, meetings are by appointment only

Walk-in hours

Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00pm

Thursdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm

**Walk-in hours are reserved for quick questions and concerns rather than a full schedule advising.  It is first come, first serve, but we try to see everyone if possible**


What do I talk about with my advisor?

What can I talk about with my advisor?

You can talk about almost anything! We’re here to help you select courses, plan your graduation goals, build your schedule, understand university policies, and other various academic tasks.

We will also help you understand some of your career options as an HDFS major. If you’re looking for internships or fieldwork placements or if you’re wondering how to get involved on campus, we’ll point you in the right direction. We also help students make decisions about graduate schools, career goals, and other big decisions.