Advising

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During our Advising Hours

Use QLess to be called back the same day OR to schedule an advising appointment. 

To speak with an advisor during our advising hours:

  1. SPEAK WITH A GENERAL OR HONORS ADVISOR SAME-DAY: Join the "Same Day General & Honors Advising Queue" on QLess. 

    TRANSFER STUDENTS: Join the "Same Day Transfer Advising Queue" on QLess. 

    Once you join the QLess line, you'll receive texts with expected wait time and regular updates about your place in line. We'll call you once you reach the front of the line. (Advisors may be calling from a blocked number, so make sure your phone can receive blocked calls.)

    For IN-PERSON ADVISING:  Join the appropriate QLess line and select Phone for Contact Type.  When you receive a call, please let the advisor on the phone know you want to request in-person. NOTE IN-PERSON ADVISING MAY HAVE A LONGER WAIT TIME and we recommend phone advising instead to get assistance faster.

    If the Same Day Queue is Closed during our advising hours, it means we have reached the maximum number of students QLess predicted we could meet with during that morning or afternoon. Sometimes, though, we get through the list faster than QLess predicted, so please try again later or our next business hours.

    If you're unable to speak on the phone, email us at academic_advising@Ltsc.ucsb.edu during our advising hours. Include your name, perm number, and your questions, and say you are requesting a Zoom drop-in. Please be prepared to receive a Zoom invitation and join the meeting within 25 minutes (time can vary depending on how busy we are) after we confirm your request.
     

  2. SCHEDULE AN ADVISING APPOINTMENT: Use the "General & Honors Appointments Queue" on QLess. Click here to see why you might want an appointment. You can choose between Virtual (phone or Zoom) or In Person appointments. 

    Appointments cannot be scheduled for the same or next day, and may be scheduled no more than 2 weeks in advance. If you get the message "No days available", this means there currently are no available appointments. Please check back again at a later time or join our Same Day Queue.

    PRE-PROFESSIONAL ADVISING: Visit the Pre-Health or Pre-Law website on how to schedule an appointment.

You can also email questions to us! Make sure to email from your UCSB email if possible, and include your name and perm number with your question(s). Please allow 1-3 business days for a response.

IMPORTANT: While advisors will be glad to talk to you about courses you're 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, we can assist you and provide options to consider (e.g., deficit load or online courses).

 

Advising Hours*

Monday, Thursday, Friday:  9:00 am - 11:30 am, 1:00-3:30

Tuesday, Wednesday:  9:30 am - 11:30 am, 1:00-3:30

Closed Wednesday Morning, September 14th and Thursday Morning, September 15th

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*Always use QLess to talk to an advisor, either the same day or by appointment.  Same day advising (via phone, Zoom or in person) is available during all the days and times above unless "appointments only" is indicated.  If you try to get in line during these times, but QLESS indicates that a "location" is closed, please try again later or the next day.  A closed location means that QLess predicts we have reached the maximum number of students that we will be able to talk with though sometimes we get through the list faster than QLess predicts we will.

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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.