Transfer Student Initiatives

Who is a "Transfer Student?

Transfer Students are considered students who have transferred to UCSB from a previous institution, either a community college or 4-year university.

Need to connect with a Transfer Advisor?


Connect with our Team

Where? College of Letters & Science Transfer Advising is located at the Transfer Student Center (TSC) on the 1st Floor of the UCSB Library. You may also choose to speak with our General and Honors Letters & Science Advisors at 1117 Cheadle Hall.

When? Same Day Drop-In Advising and Appointments are available. Click Here for more information. 


Meet your Transfer Advising Team

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Juan Barrera Alcazar

Education: B.A., Psychology, UC Berkeley 

Juan is a first-generation college graduate and is currently in his fourth year in the doctoral program in education at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UC Santa Barbara. He attended Long Beach City College before transferring to UC Berkeley, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Education in 2018. Juan joined the UC Santa Barbara campus in 2019, where he has worked as an academic advisor in the College of Letters and Science and works closely with transfer students. Juan's research is focused on academic probation and student retention using critical frameworks.

If you want to schedule an appointment with Juan, please email with your name, perm number, and what you want to discuss. 


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!