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.
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.
Walk-in advising is available Monday-Friday from 9:30-11:30 and 1:00-3:30 in 1117 Cheadle Hall. You can just drop by and see staff for a quick question (can be answered in 10 mins or less), a form that needs a signature such as for UC EAP or VA benefits, clarification on petitions, help with an urgent situation, etc. If you are not on campus during walk-in advising hours, you can reach call (805) 893-2038 to arrange to speak with an advisor.
Appointments can be made for more complex matters like choosing a major, preparing for medical or law school, and other academic planning issues. Please note that appointments book out 2-3 weeks in advance.
If you are uncertain of whether your question would benefit from a full appointment, consult the chart below. If your question or concern isn't included here, or you're not sure if you should schedule an appointment, please call 805-893-2038 or drop by the advising office at 1117 Cheadle Hall.
|Reason for Seeking Advising||Walk-in||Make an Appointment|
|Add and/or drop a course||X|
|Changing grading option (Passed/Not Passed vs. Letter)||X|
|Choosing a major||X|
|Considering a double major||X|
|Discuss dropping a course||X|
|Discuss repeating a course||X|
|Discuss taking time off||X|
|Dropped from a course||X|
|EAP planning form||X|
|Long-range planning to graduate by a particular target term||X|
|MCP (Minimum Cumulative Progress)||X|
|Next quarter schedule planning||X|
|Non UC Study Abroad Leave form||X|
|Picking up or submitting a petition||X|
|Required to change my major||X|
|Returning after an absence||X|
|Taking GEs elsewhere (including in summer)?||X|
|Transfer from Engineering or Creative Studies & not in good standing||X|
|Transfer to another institution**||X**|
|Withdrawing from the current quarter||X|
*Please contact the office for senior check walk in hours.
**Our office provides little information on transferring outside of the UC system. Please contact the admissions office of the institution that you are interested in transferring to.