College Advising and Information

Letters and Science Advisors Available Monday-Friday for Drop-ins and Appointments

Advisors are available for drop-in or phone-in advising Monday-Friday 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m. in 1117 Cheadle Hall or at the Transfer Student Center in Davidson Library (1st floor, "oceanside").   If you're on campus we highly recommend that you meet with an advisor in person. If you're unable to come in you can call (805) 893-2038 during these hours to speak with an advisor.  Drop-in/phone-in meetings are for urgent matters or questions and concerns which can be addressed in about 10 minutes.  

If you belive you have a more complicated situation and would like to arrange a half hour appointment with an advisor, call (805) 893-2038 from 8:00 a.m.-noon or 1:00-4:30 p.m. to speak with an advising associate who will help you decide whether an appointment or a drop-in meeting is appropriate. The associate can also help you schedule an appointment.

Also, Honorspre-healthpre-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.

Be sure to bring a Photo ID when you meet with an 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) or in the Transfer Student Center.  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?

If you are uncertain of whether your question would benefit from a full appointment, consult the chart below.  Please note that while we will assist you in reviewing what requirements you need to fulfill, we will not select specific courses for your schedule--that is your responsibility as a university level student.  If your concern isn't included here, please schedule an appointment, drop by the advising office at 1117 Cheadle Hall, or visit the Transfer Student Center.  And always, if something is urgent, please come in to see us.  We can answer your immediate questions and, if necessary, schedule up a follow-up meeting. 



Reason for Seeking Advising Drop-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  
Schedule planning * (This is not course selection. See description below.) 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. Advisors will review your requirements with you for an efficient plan to complete them. Note: they will not choose your classes for you.

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: