About Undergraduate Advising at UCSC

Academic advising at UC Santa Cruz provides students with opportunities to clarify their educational goals and develop academic plans to achieve those goals at UCSC. 

Each student has at least two staff advisers while enrolled at UCSC:

  • College advisers and preceptors are “generalist” advisers. They can help students understand campus-wide requirements such as general education, academic progress, and time-to-degree policies. They can also help students identify majors that may be a good fit for them. Students are affiliated with their college advisers from admission through graduation.  Contact information for college advisers
  • Program, major, or department advisers focus on a specific program. They can help students understand major qualification and graduation requirements, and academic planning for the major. They help students identify appropriate faculty mentors and enrichment opportunities within and related to the program.  Students are affiliated with their program advisers from the time they are formally declared in the major until the time of graduation.  Contact information for major advisers

In addition to the advisers listed above, many students will, either formally or informally, identify faculty advisers and/or mentors within their major program.

There are a number of other advising services that focus either on specific groups of students, or on specific opportunities.  See the "Other Advising" link at left for more information about these services.