unnamedDo you live in the St Paul area or the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities? Kelsey Osthoff will help you out!

Kelsey is a Regional Admissions Counselor based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. She works with incoming first-year students at various high schools, as well as transfer students from St. Paul College, Century College, Anoka Ramsey Community College, and Ridgewater College.

A transfer student herself, Kelsey attended Vermilion Community College her first year, then transferred as a sophomore to the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree of Psychology in 2010. After taking a year off after college, she then received a Master’s degree from St. Cloud State University in College Counseling & Student Development in 2013. Before coming to work for the University of Minnesota Duluth last May, she worked for Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN as an Admissions Representative and Academic Advisor for 2 years.

Aww… look at the cute kitty! She had a once in a lifetime opportunity in Cape Town, South Africa to hang out with these guys.

What’s your favorite thing about UMD?

“My favorite thing about UMD is the Duluth community. Duluth and UMD have a strong connection, and both support each other. It’s hard to find that type of town/gown relationship. My hometown is only a couple hours away, so I spent quite a few Saturdays hanging out in Duluth with friends and family. It is the perfect size city. Not too big, not too small, and plenty of things to do.”

Kelsey and her husband Andy at their wedding reception. They recently celebrated their one year anniversary a few months ago, so she can still show off her wedding photos, right?

What’s your favorite thing about working with transfer students?

“Each student comes from a different place, each student is different. I love that! I enjoy being part of the journey each student travels to get to their end goal. Knowing I can make a difference in that student’s life is rewarding.”

What’s your favorite thing to do in Duluth?

“The lake walk. It is relaxing and energizing. Lake Superior is beautiful.”

What’s your favorite restaurant in Duluth and why?
“This is a trick question, you can’t pick only one! I will go with 7 West Taphouse or Tavern on the Hill. Both are awesome!”

Picture perfect sunset overlooking the ocean in Cape Town, South Africa = peace and calm.

What piece of advice would you give to transfer students to help make their process/experience better?

  1. Don’t underestimate the value your academic advisor can have with the transfer process. Meet with them early, and as often as you need to ensure you are on the right track for transferring, but also remember it is your responsibility to do your research as well.
  2. There is no such thing as a dumb question, or too many questions. Ask away! That’s why we are here!
  3. Finally, visit and experience your transfer school before making a decision. Take advantage of sitting in on a class, going on a campus tour, or a one-on-one talk with an admissions counselor, faculty member, or academic/professional advisor. We want to be sure your visit is everything you want it to be.

Want to contact Kelsey? She can be reached by email at kosthoff@d.umn.edu or by phone at 218-269-1914.