Admissions Contact Information

The Office of Admissions serves the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) and Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) programs along with the Early Assurance Programs

UMR Office of Admissions
300 University Square
111 South Broadway 
Rochester, Minnesota 55904

The Office of Admissions is located on the 3rd floor of University Square.

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A Spanish translator is available in the Office of Admissions. 

Un traductor al español está disponible en la Oficina de Admisiones.


Meet the Admissions Team!

Karen HernandezKaren Hernandez
Admissions Office Associate
Phone: 507-258-8689 |

I speak Spanish if you need assistance! Hablo español si necesitas ayuda!

What is your educational background? (High School, College attended, degree and major)
St. James High School; Bachelor of Arts in Critical Applied Sociology
Minors: Ethnic Studies and Human Relations - St. Cloud State University 

Hometown: St. James, MN

Words to describe UMR or Rochester: Collaborative, Involved, Driven

College Search Tip: As you are taking college tours, ask about the clubs that you can be involved in! You can gain and enhance many skills by being in a leadership position or just by being a member. 

What are your hobbies? Nature walks, reading 

Favorite things to do in Rochester? Exploring the city, checking out antique stores, lakes, parks, events

Favorite TV Shows, or movies or books? A movie that always makes me laugh is Nacho Libre
Books: The Kite Runner, Until They Bring the Streetcars Back, The Round House, The Outsiders

Favorite Quote: "Don’t adapt to the energy in the room, influence the energy in the room." – Unknown

En español:

Yariset RodriguezYariset Rodriguez
Regional Admissions Representative
Territory Assignment(s): Twin Cities - Metro Area
Phone: 507-517-4136 |

Education: I attended Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis. After I graduated high school in 2013, I went on to pursue my undergraduate degree at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. I majored in English with a minor in Asian Studies, and I studied abroad in two different countries: Japan and India! In May 2017, I became a first generation college graduate! 

Hometown: South Minneapolis, MN
(I am a proud lifelong Minnesotan, and I LOVE being from Minneapolis—my favorite city in the world).

College Search Tip: While the financial aspect is important to consider, choose the college campus that feels right to you. Pick the one that makes you feel like you’re home, because it will be that for roughly four years. 

What are your hobbies? Cooking/baking, listening to ALL KINDS of music, connecting with people, learning and researching new information, exploring/traveling to different places.

Favorite TV Shows: Squid Games, Code Geass (anime), Attack on Titan (anime), It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (K Drama)

Favorite Books: The Four Agreements, Harry Potter Series

Favorite Quote: “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” – Angela Davis

Rachel Seisler

Assistant Director of Admissions

Territory Assignment(s): TBD

Phone: 507-258-8687 | Email:

What is your educational background? (High School, College attended, degree and major)

Lakeville North High School

University of Minnesota Rochester (Bachelor of Science in Health Science)

University of Minnesota Duluth (Master in Business Administration)

Hometown: Lakeville, MN

Words to describe UMR or Rochester: Driven, Collaborative, Close-knit 

College Search Tip: Cast a wide net and investigate opportunities you wouldn’t initially consider. UMR has SO MANY career opportunities both inside and outside of patient care. Take inventory of your strengths and skillsets and how you can leverage those to find an ideal career path.

What are your hobbies? I have a newfound appreciate for golfing! Aside, I enjoy ballroom dancing and arts & crafts.

Favorite things to do in Rochester? Eating! I’ve eaten my way through this town and love trying out new restaurants.

Favorite TV Shows, or movies or books?

  • Books: Harry Potter series – I recently read the series for the first time ever and fell in love!
  • TV show(s): GOT (House of the Dragon!), Alone, So You Think You Can Dance
  • Podcast(s): Normal Gossip, Planet Money, This American Life, The Dream

Favorite Quote: “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” – G

​​​​​​​Cassie ZellCassie Zell
BSHP Transfer Admissions Representative
Phone: 507-258-8670 |

Education: Wausau West High School, University of Minnesota Rochester Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching to be completed December 2022

Hometown: Wausau, WI

Words to describe UMR: Supportive, Collaborative, Connected

College search Tip: Take some time to ask yourself what is important to you in choosing a college. Visit all the schools (multiple times!), ask lots of questions, and get to know the college community. In this process, look for a school that aligns with and excites you!

What are your hobbies? Running, yoga, doing puzzles, reading both fiction and nonfiction, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite things to do in Rochester? Exploring the city by walking or biking and going to community events - Rochester has free movies in the park, free yoga and zumba at Peace Plaza and many free music events in the summertime.

Favorite Restaurant in Rochester? Go for walks, runs, and bike rides on Rochester’s trail system, get coffee at Cafe Steam, and go to the Farmers Market.

Favorite TV Shows, or movies or books? The Good Place, Friends, and New Girl.

Favorite Quote: “Put aside the need to know some future design and simply leave your life open to what is needed of it by the Divine Forces.” - Emmanuel

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