College Advising and Information

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, Honorspre-healthpre-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.

To see a College of Letters & Science academic advisor:

  • Students may make an appointment online through the L&S Advising Appointment System (Taking a break this summer).
  • Students with questions that they think will take 10 minutes or less to answer may see a walk-in advisor by visiting 1117 Cheadle Hall  during the following hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00AM to noon, and from 1:00 to 4:00; on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 AM to noon, and from 1:00 to 4:00.  Students may also call (805) 893-2038 to arrange to speak with a walk-in advsior.

 Advising appointments are held in Cheadle Hall 1117 or in the Transfer Student Center in Davidson Library.  Students must check in at the front desk before they will be seen for either walk-in or pre-scheduled appointments.

Be sure to bring a Photo ID to your appointment or to see a walk-in advisor!

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Departmental versus College Advising

UCSB students are expected to work closely with their departmental advisors on matters involving major requirements; academic advising on all other subjects (e.g., general education, graduation, residency) falls primarily to the advisors in the College advising office (Cheadle Hall 1117).  To get the most out of UCSB’s advising resources, students are encouraged to develop relationships with both College and departmental advisors.

Do I Need an Appointment?

This summer, please see us or call during the walk-in advising, no matter your question or concern.  We'll be around all summer but just not making appointments.

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
Academic probation X  
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
Degree/Progress check   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  
Enrollment agreement X  
Intercampus visitor 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  
Registration block X  
Required to change my major X  
Returning after an absence   X
2nd repeat X  
Senior check*   X* 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.

Contacting Specific Academic Program Staff

Visit the respective page on our website to find the direct contact information for our various programs.  The Academic Programs, Honors, and Research Opportunities pages of our site include specific contact information for our programs, such as: