Academic Advising

Contact Advising

Due to COVID-19 and staffing shortages in the fall, academic advisors are not available to meet in-person. All advising will be held via online or phone appointment until further notice. 
Harold Frank Hall, Rm. 1006 (temporarily closed to students and the public due to COVID-19)
Please allow at least 48 hours for email responses (business days)
Phone: (805) 893-2809
Fax: (805) 893-8124

UCSB COVID-19 Information

Academic Advising in the College of Engineering

All students have access to two types of professional staff advisors: Major Advisors and College Advisors. 

Major vs. College Advising

UCSB students are expected to work closely with their major advisors involving major requirements and elective selection. All other academic advising is primarily handled by the College advisors.

If you're not sure who to ask, start with a College advisor. We're happy to help. 

College of Engineering Academic Advisors

Due to COVID-19 and staffing shortages in the winter, academic advisors are not available to meet in-person. All advising will be held via online or phone appointment until further notice. You may notice a delayed response time during the winter 2022 quarter due to staffing shortages.  Please be patient, allow at least 48 business hours for email responses and do not resend emails.
Drop-in meetings may be limited to 10-15 minutes depending on demand. Appointments are 30 minutes. Prospective students and families are encouraged to book an appointment and not use drop-in advising. 
Drop-in College Advising
Winter 2022 Zoom Drop-in Hours (beginning Monday, January 3):
Mondays: 2-4pm
Tuesdays:  2-4pm
Wednesdays: 10-11:30am and 2-4pm
Thursdays: 2-4pm

Fridays: 10:00-11:30am and 2-4pm
Click here to join the winter drop in Zoom.

College Academic Advising Appointments
During the month of February 2022, there are only two COE advisors. Please plan accordingly, allow adequate time for us to respond to emails, and note that appointments may fill more quickly than usual, so please plan ahead. Please use the drop in zoom advising (see above) for time-sensitive concerns.

Haley Orton, Director of Academic Advising

 (on maternity leave)
Sarah Ocampo, Academic Advisor, General Academic Advising for all COE students, Study Abroad
 Book a virtual meeting with Sarah
Shariq Hashmi, Academic Advisor, General Academic Advising for all COE students, Honors
Book a virtual meeting with Shariq
Frances Thompson (née Fouch), Academic Advisor, General Academic Advising for all COE students and coordinator for special programs
(on maternity leave)

Major Advisors in the COllege of engineering

Faculty Advisors in your major are also available. Ask your major advisor for help connecting with faculty members. 

Choosing A type of advising

Many questions may be answered during drop-in or by making an appointment. Drop-in questions may be limited to 10-15 minutes depending on demand. Appointments are 30 minutes. 

Prospective/Non-UCSB Students: Academic advisors are happy to talk with you about the UCSB College of Engineering experience. Please make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor above.

Below is an image. Click here for a document with active links for websites related to your questions. 


Office of Undergraduate Studies Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide every student with exemplary, unwavering professional advising, ensuring that all students reach their academic goals and are prepared for the next steps in their academic or professional lives.

To accomplish this, we:

  • Support every student in developing a sound, personalized education plan that reflects their interests, their strengths, their needs, and their goals.
  • Approach advising as a teaching opportunity, so that students are empowered to take ownership of their academic journey and direct their university experience.
  • Provide a supportive and inclusive environment where respect for diversity in all its forms is paramount.

College Advising Services

Advising FAQs: The Office of Undergraduate Studies encourages students to look through this section of the website to find helpful information that may answer their question. Explore our frequently asked questions.

Academic Requirements: Detailed information for undergraduates in the College of Engineering about University, College, and Major Requirements for graduation. 

Changing Majors: Information for current UCSB students in a non-engineering major, as well as engineering students wishing to change from one engineering major to another.

Transfer of Coursework: Guidelines and important information about receiving credit from courses taken at other institutions, including California community colleges and other UC campuses.

Double Majors & Minors: Information for engineering students about pursuing a minor or a double major in the College of Letters & Science and the College of Creative Studies at UCSB.

Grading: Detailed information about how the grading system works for engineering students, including grade point averages, balance/deficit, and repeating courses.

Graduation/Commencement: Information about declaring degree candidacy, participating in commencement in June, and the engineering Senior Send-off ceremony.

Honors Program: Information about the College of Engineering Honors Program. 

Leaving & Returning: Information for students who are considering leaving the College or returning after a break in attendance.  

Minimum Cumulative Progress (MCP): About the MCP policy, which was designed to provide guidelines for academic progress. 

Petitions: Petitions are written requests for an exception to a published policy. All petitions are considered an exception and, as such, are not always approved. 

Probation: Students who do not meet established minimum standards may be placed on academic probation.     

Study Abroad: How to plan, prepare, and talk to an advisor about education abroad programs for engineering students that keep your graduation plan on track.