Use QLess to have us contact you during our advising hours.

Use QLess to get in line during our advising hours, and we will call you.  If a phone call does not work for you, email us at  Include your name and perm number with your questions, and we will arrange a Zoom meeting during our advising hours.

For remote learning resources and tips, see the Keep Learning UCSB website.  Also see our Advising FAQs.

Letters and Science Advising During the Coronavirus Emergency 

College of Letters and Science academic advisors will be available only via phone or Zoom throughout the campus closure.To speak with an advisor during our advising hours:

  1.  Use the Letters and Science Academic Advising  QLess Queue to have us call you.

This will be the best way for you to reach us by phone.  Once you get in line using QLess, you will receive a text telling you how long you can expect to wait. When you get to the front of the line, QLess will send you a text telling you to report to a station, but instead of reporting, you can expect a call from us right after you receive the text.  Please scroll down to view our Advising Hours.

2.  Schedule a phone appointment.  This summer, there will be appointments only for Pre-Professional Advising--Pre-law and Pre-health.  But general and Honors advisors will be available all summer long via phone or Zoom. Please go to QLess to arrranged to speak with an advisor.

Please know that we ask students to schedule appointments for relatively complicated issues, and appointments cannot be scheduled for the same day or the next day.  Also, appointments fill quickly. So if you have questions that can’t wait, please use QLess, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

3.  Email us at

We know that it is difficult for some students to reach us via phone.  If that is a concern for you, please send us an email and include your perm number, and we can arrange a Zoom meeting with an advisor.

*IMPORTANT:  While advisors will be glad to talk to you about courses you are considering, advisors will not choose your courses for you or put you into full classes. If a course is full, 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). 

Also, if you need a petition form, most are available online, and once you fill them out, scan them or take a picture and send it to

Advising Hours


  • Monday, Thursday, Friday:  9:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Tuesday, Wednesday:  9:30 am - 11:30 am


  • Monday-Friday: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please note that Letters and Science Advising will be closed on November 11th in observance of Veterans Day and on November 26th-27th in observance of Thanksgiving.

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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.