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Weather update: Columbia classes canceled as of 7 pm today, Jan. 17 and will resume at 10 am, Jan. 18. The campus will have a delayed opening until 10 am tomorrow, Jan. 18. This applies to all offices. Classes scheduled to begin before 10 am are canceled. Classes scheduled to begin at or after 10 am will take place as scheduled. See for updates.

Academic Advising

Our Advisors and Staff

Rachel Blanset

Title: First-Year Academic Advisor
Assigned Majors: Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geological Sciences, Geophysics, Marine Science, Mathematics, Statistics
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Academic Advising
Phone: 803-777-2419
Office: Jones Physical Sciences Center, 108
Rachel Blanset


B.S. Public Health, University of South Florida
M.S. Academic Advising, Kansas State University


Hometown: Wesley Chapel, FL

About Me: I am an avid equestrian! I have been riding horses and competing since I was four years old. My specialty is dressage, but I have dabbled in many disciplines, even competing and serving as team captain for the University of South Florida's Western Pleasure IHSA team in 2013-2014. I am also a huge foodie, so you can find me trying new restaurants around town, especially seafood, sushi, and burgers!

Favorite Quote: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Unknown

Advice to Students: Research, research, research! Research everything that you are interested in, ask as many questions as you can, and go from there. You are also allowed to change your mind, so if your original plan is no longer what you want, that is perfectly acceptable. Always be true to yourself.