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 Available all Summer!

Whether you’re on campus taking courses or doing research, working back home, studying abroad, climbing mountains, or relaxing on the beach, we hope you have a great summer.  And don’t worry!  No matter how much fun you’re having, we’ll be here! 

Letters and Science advisors will be available for walk-in or phone-in advising throughout the summer to answer your questions and discuss your academic plans.  Advisors will be available 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").  If you’re not on campus during walk-in advising hours, you can call (805) 893-2038 to arrange to speak with an advisor.  There will be plenty of advisors available this summer to answer your questions, but our appointment system is taking a break.  If, however, you speak with a walk-in advisor and you and the advisor think you have complicated issues, the advisor will arrange a follow-up meeting.

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