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Academic Advising

Contact Advising

The advising office is closed due to COVID-19. Please email us for advising at coe-info@engineering.ucsb.edu or set up a virtual meeting (see advisor information to the left).

Harold Frank Hall, Rm. 1006 
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:00
Email: coe-info@engineering.ucsb.edu 
Phone: (805) 893-2809
Fax: (805) 893-8124

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Find your advisor

Meet the Office of Undergraduate Studies

The Office of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Engineering provides academic advising and support services for engineering students. 

Glenn Beltz, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Vacant, Financial and Operations Officer (please contact Haley Orton)

College of Engineering Academic Advisors

Haley Orton, Director of Academic Advising, Book a virtual meeting with Haley

Shariq Hashmi, Academic Advisor, General Academic Advising for all COE students
Book a virtual meeting with Shariq
Katie Title, Academic Advisor, General Academic Advising for all COE students
Book a virtual meeting with Katie
Frances Fouch, Academic Advisor, General Academic Advising for all COE students and coordinator for special programs (Transfer Students, Study Abroad, Honors Program)
Book a virtual meeting with Frances

Academic Advising in the College of Engineering

Advising services are available to engineering undergraduates at the College, Department/major, and faculty level. In general, here are guidelines to directing your questions:

College Advisors (listed above)

  • University policies and procedures
  • General education courses
  • Progress and graduation checks
  • Academic probation 
  • Academic petitions
  • Changing majors
  • Transferring credits from other institutions
  • Education abroad, honors program, and other opportunities

Department Advisors 

  • Requirements of the major
  • Course planning
  • Major policies and procedures
  • Prerequisite changes
  • Selecting and approving senior electives

Who are the department advisors?

Faculty Advisors

  • Assigned to students during entry to the major
  • Content level for course materials
  • Recommendations
  • Research opportunities and grad school planning

Don't know who your faculty advisor is? Ask your department advisor.

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.