College Advising Mission

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

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

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Getting Advising

Letters and Science advisors are available for walk-in advising in 1117 Cheadle Hall or in the Transfer Student Center in the Library (1st floor, "ocean side")

  • Monday, Thursday, & Friday, 9:00-11:30
  • Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:30-11:30
  • Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:30.

No appointments are necessary.  You can call (805) 893-2038 during these hours to speak with an advisor, but we recommend that you meet with an advisor in person if you are on campus. Walk-in/phone-in meetings with advisors are appropriate for urgent matters or for questions or concerns that can be addressed in about 10 minutes.  If you have what you think is a more complicated question and would like to arrange a half hour appointment with an advisor, call 805 893-2038 from 8:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:30 to speak with one of our advising associates who will help you decide whether an appointment or a walk-in meeting is appropriate and will help you schedule an appointment if necessary. Appointments can not be made online.

Also, Honorspre-healthpre-law, and international student advisors are available in 1117.  Dr. Stephen Blain is 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.

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 ensure that students develop these relationships, we encourage them to pursue regular conversations with the advisors.  We also invite students to explore the many online resources we make available; these online materials provide important information regarding requirements, but they also expose students to programs and opportunities that can add great value to a student’s undergraduate experience.  Exploring the online resources can also help students get even more from their meetings with the advisors.