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Office of Admissions

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Office of Admissions

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.

Fast Facts

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.

Email: ApplyUMR@r.umn.edu
UMR Office Phone: 1-877-280-4699
Admissions Office Phone: 507-258-8686

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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

John Bliss
Admissions Representative
jeberhar@r.umn.edu

What is your educational background?

BA in English and Theatre Arts from University of Minnesota Morris

MA in English Literature from University of Minnesota Twin Cities

PhD in English Literature from University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Hometown:

Roseville, MN

Words to describe UMR or Rochester:

Unique, Focused

College Search Tip:

Find what you want to do, or what you’re good at, and figure out which colleges offer you the best chance to develop the skill associated with that

What are your hobbies?

Reading, writing, painting, TTRPGs

Favorite TV Shows, or movies or books?

    • Book(s): The Locked Tomb series by Tamsyn Muir, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
    • Movie(s): Mirrormask, Mad Max: Fury Road
    • TV show(s): Gravity Falls, Arcane, Castlevania

Favorite Quote:

“The story so far: In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” - Douglas Adams

Karen HernandezKaren Hernandez
Admissions Office Associate
Phone: 507-258-8689 | hern0350@r.umn.edu

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

What is your educational background?
St. James High School

Bachelor of Arts in Critical Applied Sociology, Minors: Ethnic Studies and Human Relations at 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?

    • Movie(s): A movie that always makes me laugh is Nacho Libre
    • Book(s): 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

Introduction Video in English and En español

Heidi Rihal 
Admissions Representative
rihal006@r.umn.edu

What is your educational background? 

University of Toronto, Canada

Bachelor of Arts, Majors: Accounting and Psychology

Hometown: 

Nairobi, Kenya and Toronto,Canada

Words to describe UMR or Rochester:

Invested in health sciences, Vibrant, and Numerous career pathways

College Search Tip: 

I would recommend visiting the campus, talking to students, being aware of deadlines, and applying early (especially for early assurance programs)! 

What are your hobbies? 

I love to travel, listen to music, attend events (plays, sporting events, and concerts) and to spend time with family 

Favorite things to do in Rochester? 

I enjoy going on walks in nature, meeting up with friends and family, and volunteering in the community

Favorite TV Shows, or movies or books?

    • Movie(s): The Blind Side, Glass Onion, The Help, Bend It Like Beckham
    • TV show(s): The Office, Schitts Creek, Breaking Bad, Games of Thrones

Favorite Quote: 

“Be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud”  - Maya Angelou

Yariset Rodriguez
Regional Admissions Representative
Territory Assignment(s): Twin Cities - Metro Area
Phone: 507-517-4136 | rodr0829@r.umn.edu

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, or movies or books?

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

​​​​​​​Headshot of Rachel SeislerRachel Seisler
Assistant Director of Admissions
Phone: 507-258-8687 | Email: RSeisler@r.umn.edu

What is your educational background? 

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?

    • Book(s): 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