Transfer Student Initiatives

Transfer Student Advising

Join QLess for Drop-in Transfer Advising HERE!

During our Advising Hours

Use QLess to be called back the same day or schedule an advising appointment with a College of Letters and Science Transfer Student Advisor using the shoreline link below. Transfer Students are considered students who have transferred to UCSB from a previous institution. Incoming transfer students with questions regarding their fall schedule are encouraged to attend a Transfer Orientation session before scheduling an appointment with the College of Letters and ​Science Transfer Advisors. If you cannot participate in a Transfer Student Orientation session or​ ​are attending summer school, please schedule an appointment or join the Transfer Student​ ​Advising call-back queue. Students interested in transferring to UCSB should speak with the​ ​UCSB admissions office. It is recommended that​ ​UCSB students interested in transferring to another institution talk to the admissions office at the school they are looking to transfer to.

To speak with a Transfer Student Advisor the same day, join the Transfer Student Advising Call Back Queue. Once you get in line using QLess, you will receive texts updating you on how long you can expect to wait. An advisor will call you when you get to the front of the line. If you would like to meet in person or via Zoom, you can arrange that with an advisor if they are available. If QLESS tells you the location is closed during our advising hours, we have reached the maximum number of students QLess predicted we could meet with during that shift. Sometimes we get through the list faster than QLess expected, so please try again later in the day or the next day.

Schedule a Transfer Student Advising Appointment using one of the shoreline links below for a College of Letters and Science Transfer Advisor. We like to reserve appointments for relatively complicated issues. You can click here to see why you might schedule an appointment. Appointments cannot be scheduled for the same or next day and may not be scheduled more than two weeks in advance. You can state your preference for an in-person, phone, or zoom appointment. Appointments fill quickly, so if no appointments are available, please get in the Transfer Student Advising Call Back queue. Transfer Student Advisors can also be reached via email at


Transfer Advisors

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Juan Barrera Alcazar

Education: B.A., Psychology, UC Berkeley 

Juan is a first-generation college graduate. He is from Long Beach, CA, and attended Long Beach City College before transferring to UC Berkeley. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Education. He joined the UCSB campus in 2019, where he has been advising students in the College of Letters and Science. Juan is currently a Ph.D. student at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UCSB, focusing on education policy, program evaluation, and research methods. Juan enjoys a good novel and going to the gym during his free time.

Schedule an appointment with Juan here


Micaela Bermudez
Education: B.A., Psychology, UC Santa Barbara 
Micaela (Mica) is a first-generation, non-traditional, and transfer college graduate from UCSB. She is from Santa Rosa, CA in the North Bay Area. She is passionate about helping traditionally underserved students and supporting their academic success. Mica was a former Peer Educator at the Transfer Student Center and mentor in the Transfer Student Mentoring Program. She has undergraduate research experience in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department examining self-efficacy beliefs and belonging among first-generation college students, and the Transfer Student Mentoring Program. Mica is dedicated to supporting, mentoring, and motivating college students. She serves as a full-time advisor in the TSC. In her free time, Mica enjoys exploring new places with her daughter, spending time with her family and friends, watching sports (favorite sport is basketball), journaling, reading, and dancing.
Schedule an appointment with Mica here
Jami Chavez
Education: B.A., Sociology, UC Santa Barbara; M.S., Counseling Psychology, California Lutheran University
Jami Chavez is a proud Gaucho Alum, and has worked at UCSB for over sixteen years in various departments, including the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and now in the College of Letters & Science Academic Advising office as a Transfer Advisor in the Transfer Student Center for the last six year. In addition to working with transfer students in the TSC, she also works closely with non- traditional and veteran students and is a member of the veteran resource team on campus. When not at work, Jami enjoys camping, reading and spending time with her husband and three children.
Schedule an appoitnment with Jami here!