Students are often unsure of the path to take toward a college degree.

The College of Arts & Sciences created its Advising Center to help those students explore their options and point them in the right direction.

If you're not ready to declare a major, our staff can put you on a broad path of study and guide you toward a more narrow focus.
Along the way, we offer advice in registration, general education requirements, course selection and transfer credit as well as possible majors.

To learn more, go to our List of Services page.

*All Arts & Sciences Majors are in Degree Seeking Status.


(859) 572-5494
University Center Suite 210

See our staff directory below for complete contact information. 



Amy Racke                 

Assistant Dean and Director of Advising
University Center 216E

Ms. Racke works closely with the dean on numerous college initiatives, especially those concerning student services. She directs the advising center, coordinates the A&S student orientation programs, and serves as a liaison to departmental chairs. Ms. Racke serves as a problem solver and directs the enrollment management for the College. She specializes in working with students who experience difficulties in progressing through their educational plans. Ms. Racke is a Senior Master Advisor and was awarded the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award in 2009.Ms. Racke graduated from NKU in 1993 with her bachelor’s degree in Biology and graduated with a Master of Natural Science in 1996 from Southeast Missouri State University.

Amy Racke

Lynn Dowden 

Advising Specialist
University Center suite 210
(859) 572-1540


Lynn is an Advising Specialist in the College of Arts & Sciences Advising Center. She specializes in working with Undeclared A&S students. She graduated with a Master of Arts in International Education in 2013 from the SIT Graduate Institute and Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs in 2009 from the University of Virginia.  She previously worked in the field of international education at Miami University, Virginia Commonwealth University and study abroad providers prior to joining NKU both advising and coordinating international programming.  Lynn enjoys working with students as they find areas of study that they are passionate about pursuing. She enjoys travel adventures, cats and being outside!



Amanda Purnell
Academic Advisor
University Center suite 210
(859) 572-6477


Amanda joined the Norse Advising team in February 2019. She specializes in working with Undeclared A&S students and Integrative Studies students.  She has nine years of experience working in higher education, including advising on program requirements, experiential learning opportunities, and scholarships.  Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at Ohio University and her master’s degree—also in Communication Studies—at Colorado State University.  Amanda is always up for a road-trip to new places, welcomes good book recommendations, aspires to be a confectionary architect, and loves all things yarn related.


















Amanda Purnell













Brittany Campbell

Academic Assistant
University Center 218C
(859) 572-5494

Brittany is the Academic Assistant in the A&S Advising Center. She works meticulously with the Assistant Dean and Academic Advisors. She is charged with ensuring that the front office runs successfully in an organized manner as well as supervising the office student worker.

Brittany provides professional services to students in-office as well as via email and phone. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2014.