Advising

College Advising Mission

The academic advisors help students achieve their goals by sharing knowledge and also by partnering with students to analyze their options at UCSB and beyond.  We aim to be an indispensable resource that connects students with great opportunities and the many sources of support at UCSB that are essential for student success.

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The Advising Partnership

The most successful advising experiences are built on relationships in which the student and advisor work together in mutual responsiveness and commitment.  To ensure that students develop these relationships, we encourage them to pursue regular conversations with the advisors.  We also invite students to explore the many online resources we make available; these online materials provide important information regarding requirements, but they also expose students to programs and opportunities that can add great value to a student’s undergraduate experience.  Exploring the online resources can also help students get even more from their meetings with the advisors.

Getting Advising

Letters and Science advisors are available for walk-in advising Monday-Friday from 9:30-11:30 and 1:00-3:30 in 1117 Cheadle Hall or in the Transfer Student Center in the Library (1st floor, "ocean side").  You can call (805) 893-2038 during these to speak with an advisor, but we recommend that you meet with an advisor in person if you are on campus. Walk-in/phone-in meetings with advisors are appropriate for urgent matters or for questions or concerns that can be addressed in about 10 minutes.  If you have what you think is a more complicated question and would like to arrange a half hour appointment wtih an advisor, call 805 893-2038 from 8:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:30 to speak with one of our advising associates who will help you decide whether an appointment or a walk-in meeting is appropriate and who will help you schedule an appointment if necessary.  

Also, Honors, pre-health, pre-law, and international student advisors are available in 1117.  Dr. Stephen Blain will be available to advise juniors and seniors pre-health students on an appointment basis:  please call (805) 893-2038 to schedule a meeting with Dr. Blain.