Get Advice! 

All students can see Letters and Science Advisors 1117 Cheadle Hall!  Join the Letters and Science Academic Advising Queue to  get in line to see an advisor today. *

Transfer students can also see Advisors in the Transfer Student Center (1st Floor LIbrary, Oceanside)! 

Hours for advising at both locations are:  

Monday, Thursday, Friday:  9:00 am - noon

Tuesday, Wednesday:  9:30 am - noon

Monday through Friday:  1:00 pm-4 pm

For advising in Cheadle Hall,  join the Letters and Science Academic Advising Queue  or text  "L and S Advising" to 805 585-5821 to get in line before you arriving at Cheadle Hall. Sign ups for drop-in advising stop at 11:30 and 3:30. 

Once you're at the front of the line, an advising associate or peer advisor may answer your questions on the spot, have you see a drop-in advisor, or make you an appointment with an advisor.  

For advising at the Transfer Student Center, just head to the Library, 1st floor, Oceanside.

If you have questions related to your major, please see your major department advisor.

*IMPORTANT:  Advisors will not choose your courses for you.  They cannot put you into classes, nor can they help you get into full or closed classes. If a course is closed, please use GOLD to get on the waitlist.  Click here to learn about how the waitlist works. To find courses that have space, use the Advanced Search feature on GOLD, choose the department and select "Open Sections Only." You can also attempt to crash a class by going to the first day of lecture.   So while advisors won't pick your classes or get you into a course, if  you are having difficulties with your course schedule they can assist you and also provide options to consider (e.g., deficit load or online courses). 

Schedule an Advising Appointment

If you cannot come in for drop in advising or have a complicated situation, you can schedule an in-person or phone appointment by calling (805) 893-2038.  You can also go online to schedule an appointment at  Appointment slots are 30 minutes long.


 Please include your perm number in your message. An advisor will respond to your message almost always within 72 hours (it may take longer after long weekends or holidays).  You can also send appeals, petitions, etc., to this address. 


You can call us at (805) 893-2038, but please know students who come to our office have first priority.  If you don't get through to an advising associate, you may want to consider coming to Cheadle Hall or sending an email.

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College Advising Mission

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  to connect students with great opportunities and the many sources of support at UCSB that are essential for student success.

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 build these relationships we encourage students to pursue regular conversations with our advisors.  We also invite students to explore the many online resources that are available. These online materials provide important information regarding requirements as well as programs and opportunities which can greatly enhance the undergraduate experience.  Exploring the online resources can also help students get even more from their meetings with advisors.

For more information on how our office works with students, check out our Welcome to Advising video.