Alyssa McDonald

Graduate Academic Advisor
Primary office:
785-864-9814
310 Bailey Hall


Alyssa provides administrative and advising support for CGIS and two other area studies centers in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as being an integral part of the COGA team. She advises students throughout their time at KU, including the admissions process, regular enrollment, petitions, the comprehensive/final exam process, and graduation. She also works with graduate faculty and students to understand University policies and procedures, develops written and online communications, and maintains student records in her departments.

Alyssa joined the COGA team in 2015. A Tennessee Native, she earned her Master’s in Education at Middle Tennessee State University after completing her undergraduate degree at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.


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