Advising Resources

See one of the Academic Advisers for help with clarifying your goals, choosing classes, selecting a major, approving a courseload of less than 15 or more than 19 units, help with petitions, academic difficulty, or on-going general advising.

Advisers and Counselors

Educational Opportunity Program Counselors

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students have additional advising resources available at the EOP Office (click here  for EOP eligibility requirements). An EOP Academic Counselor can be helpful with general advising if you find yourself in academic difficulty. They can also direct you to other resources such as the Learning Support Services (LSS) and programs such as the Academic Excellence (ACE) Program, the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program, and the Minorty Access to Research Career (MARC) Program.

Career Center Counselors

The counselors at the career center are available to help you narrow your choices as you decide on a major and can offer help in assessing your career interests. The career center offers regular workshops, provides information on a wide range of internship opportunities, and maintains an extensive career resources library. Through the Alumni Career Advice Network (CAN), you can speak with UCSC graduates who are working in fields that interest you.  Students pursuing a career in medicine or other health related fields can also contact the career center to speak to the Health Science Career Adviser.

Stevenson Academic Assistants

Academic Assistants provide peer advising and help with writing projects and assignments.

Major Advisers

An undergraduate major adviser can inform you of major requirements as you are deciding on a major and, once you have declared your major, will help you with all your major advising as you complete your major requirements.

Major Faculty Advisers

When you declare your major, you will select or will be assigned a faculty adviser in your major area. Your faculty adviser can discuss your study plan, help clarify your path within your major, offer advice about the quality of graduate programs in your field, and provide mentorship in your field of interest.

Counseling Resources

Counselors are available in the Education Abroad Program (EAP) Office to help you prepare for study abroad, in Services for Re-Entry and Transfer Students (STARS) to help students over age 25 balance family and study responsibilities, in the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to help students with disabilities, and in International Scholar and Student Services (ISSS) to help international students, and in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for professional counseling for both individuals and groups as well as a stress reduction clinic. If you live on campus, your Coordinator for Residential Education (CRE) and Resident Assistant (RA) are other counseling resources.


The following publications will be instrumental to successful completion of your UCSC degree and enhancement of your university career:

The Navigator

The Navigator is UCSC's undergraduate guide to academic and student affairs and will prove invaluable as you progress toward your degree. In it you will find the "nuts and bolts" information you need about academic and administrative procedures, as well as campus services and opportunities. The Navigator is no longer a printed publication. Please visit the Navigator website. 

The UCSC General Catalog

The UCSC General Catalog is your definitive source for information about academic requirements, campus services and programs, research programs and facilities, and student life. But you will find yourself reaching for the general catalog mostly to read about the different majors offered at UCSC, look up major requirements, and read the official descriptions for courses you may wish to take. The course descriptions also tell you in which quarter(s) the course is offered and which general education requirements they satisfy. This will help you plan your schedule beyond the current quarter. The Catalog is available online at

Department Handbooks

Most major departments prepare handbooks outlining the scope of the major, detailed requirements for completing the major, and faculty profiles. After declaring your major, the major department will provide you with all advising related to your major. The department handbooks provide you the in-depth information that is not included in the general catalog.

Schedule of Classes

Around the sixth week of the quarter, class schedules for the upcoming quarter become available online. In addition to the course offerings for the quarter, the schedule provides you with complete information on enrollment including info on your appointment time, an academic calendar for the quarter including petition filing and enrollment deadlines, schedules for department orientations, department contact information, final exams, enrollment conditions for interview only courses, placement tests, schedule planners, and general information.

Helpful Links

UCSC Student Portal


The General Catalog

The Undergraduate Advising Center

ASSIST (California transfer information)

Office of the Registrar

The Navigator

The Online Schedule of Classes

The Academic and Administrative Calendar

Financial Aid

Accounts Receivable (billing)

Counseling and Psychological Services

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