Essential Advice for Incoming First-year Students

Do you still have questions after Orientation or were you unable to attend Orientation?  Here is a presentation developed by advisors with critical informations about Letters and Science degrees, registering for courses, academic advising, university resources, and more.  Please read below for more information on advising.

Getting Advice

Come to the Advising Office in 1117 Cheadle Hall or to the Transfer Student Center (1st floor LIbrary, Oceanside)!

An advising associate or peer advisor may answer your questions on the spot, have you see a drop-in advisor, or make you an appointment with an advisor.  Our hours are 9:00-12:00 on Mondays, Thursdays; 9:30-12:00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and 1:00-4:00 Monday-Friday. Sign ups for drop-in advising stop at 11:30 and 3:30.  If you have questions related to your major, please go to your major department advisor.

IMPORTANT:  Advisors cannot put you into classes, nor can they help you get into full classes any faster.  Our office cannot assist you with this.  The course registration process is the same for all students.  You must get on the waitlist--information on this process can be found here:  You can also attempt to crash a class by going to the first day of lecture. 


An advisor will respond to your message almost always within 48 hours (it may take a bit longer on weekends or holidays.)  You can also send appeals, petitions, etc., to this address. Again, we cannot help you get into classes.


You can call us at 805 893-2038, but please keep in mind that we always give first priority to students who come to our office.  If you don't get through to one of our advising associates, you may want to consider coming to Cheadle Hall or sending an email.

For more information on how our office works with students, check out our Welcome to Advising video!

Also, Honorspre-healthpre-law, and international student advisors are available in 1117 Cheadle.  Dr. Stephen Blain is available to advise juniors and seniors pre-health students on an appointment basis:  please come to Cheadle Hall or call (805) 893-2038 to schedule a meeting with Dr. Blain.

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College Advising Mission

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  to connect students with great opportunities and the many sources of support at UCSB that essential for student success.

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 build these relationships we encourage students to pursue regular conversations with our advisors.  We also invite students to explore the many online resources that are available. These online materials provide important information regarding requirements as well as programs and opportunities which can greatly enhance the undergraduate experience.  Exploring the online resources can also help students get even more from their meetings with advisors.