Advising Center

Help is here when you need it. Staff and peer advisors are available weekdays to assist students individually with academic planning, petition review, course selection, career pathway development and other matters related to the major and staying on course toward graduation.

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 12:00pm; 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Friday 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Academic Peer Advising Hours
Monday and Wednesday 3-4:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10:30am-noon


What is advising?

The goal of academic advising is to help you shape a meaningful educational experience. The elements of that education include your classes, your co-curricular activities, your work, and your personal experiences. Through ongoing reflection and discussion, with your interests and goals in mind, you will integrate all the elements of your college experience so you can make the most of your education. You need to be actively engaged in the process of defining your academic goals, and sharing those goals with your advisor in a series of conversations that extend over your entire undergraduate years.

In the College of Letters and Science there are University requirements, college requirements, and major requirements. You may have additional requirements with a double-major or if you have a minor. Please be sure to contact the appropriate advising resource for your questions.

How do I prepare for an appointment?

Know when you need an appointment! Keep important dates (e.g. course registration) and deadlines (e.g. Study Abroad forms) in mind and schedule appointments in advance!

Next, think about what areas you need guidance in, what specific information you are looking for, and what your goal is for the appointment. Prior to meeting with us, write down questions you have, review your major requirements, and have a look at your OASIS Academic Record. You may even wish to create a Degree Worksheet to track your progress in the major. Appointments are scheduled for thirty minutes. By preparing ahead of time, you can get the most out of your appointments.

Notes: There are peak periods when advising is highly sought after, for example during course registration. During this time, it may be difficult to book an appointment. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please cancel or reschedule as early as possible.

Appointments are full. What do I do?

Our four advisors work with over 2400 students in across five majors and minors. At times, our calendars will be fully booked. If you have a question that can be answered by an Academic Peer Advisor, we encourage you to utilize their drop-in hours. If you need a form signed, please drop it off in our main office (Kerr Hall 469). Questions may also be submitted via e-mail. Note that due to the volume of student requests, you may need to wait up to a week for a response. If you do not hear back within 5 business days, please follow-up in e-mail so all requests can be tracked.

Can I meet with an advisor without an appointment?

In order to provide accurate information and update records in a timely manner, we are unable to offer drop in appointments with a staff advisor. You may see an Academic Peer Advisor for certain questions.

I have a Mandatory Advising Hold, what do I need to do?

Read your Mandatory Advising Hold information in OASIS. You will be able to make an appointment to meet with an advisor and clear your hold.

Meet your advisors


Kaitlyn Lopes
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I completed my undergraduate degree at UC Davis, majoring in Community and Regional Development. Including time as a student, I have been a part of the UC Davis community since 2014. I enjoy meeting one-on-one with students and hearing about your academic journeys and campus/community involvement. In Fall 2019, I will be leading a First Year Aggie Connection focused on building community amongst students from California's Central Valley, as I am originally from Merced, CA. When not advising students, you can find me tending to a growing collection of plants or listening to music.

PortraitKaty Pattison
I graduated from UC Davis with a BA in International Relations and have worked for the university in various roles since. My greatest memory of my time as an undergrad was my study abroad program to Mendoza, Argentina where I scaled Aconcagua (kind of), traveled through Chile and Uruguay, and met people that are still some of the best friends I will ever have. Upon my return I worked as a peer advisor for the Study Abroad office and it was there that I discovered my passion for working in higher education student support. I have an MA in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from CSU Sacramento where my research focused on study abroad opportunities for marginalized student populations. I love camping, reading, San Francisco Giants baseball and spending time with my family. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about your UC Davis experience! I believe that academic advising is a collaboration and that you and I are going to be a team, working towards the accomplishment of your academic, professional and personal goals together. So let me know if have any questions. I can't wait for us to get to work!

headshotKatie Watanabe
I was a student at UC Davis and double-majored in International Relations and Japanese. I enjoy meeting with students to discuss major requirements, academic plans, research/professional opportunities, campus resources, and anything else students would like to talk about! I also love hearing about student's individual interests and goals, and working together to figure out what accomplishing those goals looks like at UC Davis. Outside of work, I love baking, and finding new places to hike.