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Research shows a high correlation between the quality of advising and student success.

Good advising is one of the most important determinants of graduate student and postdoc success and satisfaction.

Positive advising and mentoring of graduate and professional students fosters mutually beneficial relationships, leading to success for individual students and enhanced reputations for the graduate or professional programs. 


Supporting students, faculty and postdocs in their advising and mentoring relationships is a priority for the Graduate School and the University of Minnesota. The Dignity Project Work Group has developed a number of resources to help you get the most out of your relationship with your advisor.


Developed by the Office for Student Affairs, Boynton Health and the Provost's Council on Student Mental Health, the RED Folder contains resources to help you recognize indicators of student distress and how to respond and refer the student appropriately.


Developed by the Student Conflict Resolution Center, The Dignity Project offers resources that foster academic excellence by promoting civil and respectful relationships through effective prevention of and response to hostile, offensive or intimidating behavior.

Advising Statement Resources

Advising International Students