Academic Advising

HDFS Student Services Center, Family Studies Building, Room 123

The HDFS Student Services Center is available to any undergraduate student who is interested in the field of Human Development and Family Sciences. Whether you’re an HDFS major, minor, or just want to learn more, we can help you with almost anything related to the field! If you’d like to explore an HDFS major or minor, select courses, plan your graduation goals, build your schedule, understand university policies, or any other academic concern, come meet with us!

What can I talk about with an advisor?

We can help you understand some of your career options as an HDFS major, as well as other opportunities such as internships and fieldwork placements. 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. Make an appointment with an advisor to learn more.

Because we serve many students, meetings are by appointment only


General Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30pm

Walk-In Hours*:

Wednesday 1:00-2:00

Thursday 10:00-12:00

*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.

Undergraduate Student Advisor

Kristin Van Ness Scrivano
Student Services Center

Kristin Van Ness

Undergraduate Advisors

Who is my advisor?

All Human Development and Family Sciences students at the Storrs campus are assigned to Kristin Van Ness, the full time professional Academic Advisor. Exceptions are 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.