Seeing an advisor

 

NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS

You've been admitted but aren't yet registered for courses.

If you are a newly admitted student who has not yet registered for classes, please contact New Student & Parent Programs (NSPP) if you have questions or concerns.

NSO will continue to support new student’s course registration and/or finalizing their fall schedule. Coordinated Care Advisors, Major Advisors, Assistant Deans and SDSU Ambassadors will support first-year and transfer students, so that when they leave NSO, they have a full course load.  

For information: https://nspp.sdsu.edu/orientation

 

PRE-MAJOR ACADEMIC ADVISING | COORDINATED CARE ADVISING

You are a first or second year undergraduate student with less than 60 units.

 

All first and second year students at SDSU are assigned a Coordinated Care Advisor (CCA) to support students' successful and smooth transition to the university. Note: 

  • For all first-year students, the CCA should be the main and first point of contact for advising support.
  • Students should reach out to their CCA whenever they have questions.
  • CCAs use an advising curriculum that guides students through their first two years at SDSU. 
  • CCAs work with the student to develop a degree graduation plan, learn to navigate university resources, procedures, and academic advising tools. 
  • CCAs proactively reach out to their assigned students to schedule academic advising meetings throughout the year.
  • CCAs DO NOT advise students about which courses to take to satisfy major requirements.
No. The Coordinated Care Advisor (CCA) and Major Advisor are two distinct types of advisor. Sometimes, your Major Advisor might also be your Cooridnated Care Advisor (CCA), but not usually.
  • Every SDSU student has a personalized Your Success Team -- a list of advisors and other support staff -- on that list, you will see your CCA identified.
  • Log in to SDSU Navigate using your SDSU ID.
  • On your home screen (in the bottom right side) you will see the list -- Your Success Team. Tip: you can email them by clicking the envelope icon near their name (see image below).

Student View of SDSU Nvaigate Your Success Team

  • Access the Student Resources section of the SDSU Navigate website to learn how to use SDSU Navigate to schedule appointments, and more.
  • Schedule in SDSU Navigate using the service: "Coordinated Care Advising"

 

MAJOR ADVISING 

You are a third year undergraduate student (or beyond) or you have 60+ units.

 

The Major Advisor is a professional staff or faculty advisor who:

  • Provides guidance specific to your major of record and graduation requirements, including: Academic plan/map; Course, schedule and elective planning; Academic/personal challenges (see for referral); Course substitution process; Degree Evaluation review; Graduation process; Letter of support; Planning for graduate studies
  • Helps guide you in selecting courses, planning and scheduling your major preparation and upper division major courses, and assistance with creating an academic plan to support your progress towards graduation. Only Major Advisors are authorized to provide advice on classes to take to satisfy major requirements. 
  • Answers questions regarding career opportunities and graduate studies in your major field; Academic plan/map; Course/schedule/elective planning; Academic/personal challenges (see for referral); Course substitution process; Degree Evaluation review; Graduation process; Letter of support; Planning for graduate studies.

NOTE: Not all major advisors are available during the summer months. If your major advisor is unavailable during the summer months, email [email protected] for the proper advising referral.  

  • Every SDSU student has a personalized Your Success Team -- a list of advisors and other support staff -- on that list, you will see your CCA identified.
  • Log in to SDSU Navigate using your SDSU ID.
  • On your home screen (in the bottom right side) you will see the list -- Your Success Team. Tip: you can email them by clicking the envelope icon near their name (see image below).  Student View of SDSU Navigate Your Success Team (major)
  • The Major Advisor Directory is an additional online resource that lists all Major Advisors on campus. 

 

  • Access the Student Resources section of the SDSU Navigate website to learn how to use SDSU Navigate to schedule appointments, and more.
  • Schedule in SDSU Navigate using the service: "Major Advising"

 

OTHER ADVISING & SUPPORT

SDSU Navigate Service(s): "General/Academic Advising" and sometimes "Major Advising," "Minor Advising" or "Major/Minor Exploration/Change."

College Success Centers are hubs for advising and other support, but not all colleges have them. In a center, Major, Minor, CCA, and Peer Advisors may all offer support for student enrolled in that college, and sometimes the center offers general/academic advising from Student Success Advisors. 

SDSU Navigate Service: "General/Academic Advising"

You may see additional people listed in Your Success Team. These advisors can typically advise you about graduation and general education (GE) requirements, university policies, and programatic requirements and policies. General/academic advisors help with:

  • Course/schedule planning
  • Degree Evaluation review
  • General Education (GE) and university graduation requirements
  • Course substitution process
  • Letter of support (some)
  • Academic/personal challenge (for referral)
  • Peer or premajor advising

Note: General/academic advisors or Student Succes Advisors cannot advise on major requirement course selection.

General/academic advisors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • EOP Counselors: EOP Counselors provide academic, career, and personal counseling as well as facilitate academic success and personal development. Please visit the EOP Counselors contact information page for more information on how to connect with your EOP Counselor.
  • Special Programs Advisors (e.g. Compact Scholars, Cultural Resource Centers)
  • Premajor or Peer Advisors (e.g. College of Engineering)
  • Weber Honors College Advisors: The Weber Honors College program is a unique minor, comprising an interdisciplinary curriculum made up of small, discussion-based seminars and innovative teaching techniques to promote engagement in the subject area, preparing students for high-impact educational experiences. If you have elected to participate in the Weber Honors College program, you will work directly with the Weber Honors College Advisor.
  • Preprofessional Advisors: Preprofessional advisors are available for students pursuing a preprofessional career (pre-medical, pre-law, etc.) and planning to attend professional schools. SDSU provides pre-professional advising for the following programs:

SDSU Navigate Service: "Minor Advising"

A professional staff or faculty advisor who provides guidance about courses and requirements specific to your minor of record.

 

SDSU Navigate Service: "Asssitant Dean Support"

A professional staff member who supervises Major Advisors and helps with the most complicated questions, like: 

  • Academic/personal challenge
  • Academic probation/disqualification
  • Petitions, for example: add/drop after deadline, change to CR/NC after deadline, leave of absence, retroactive withdrawal
  • Student grievances
  • Engagement/leadership opportunities

College of Arts and Letters
Aileen Taylor-Grant
[email protected]  

College of Education
Dr. Patricia Lozada-Santone
[email protected] 

College of Engineering
Theresa Garcia
[email protected] 

College of Health and Human Services
Jason Ramirez
[email protected] 

College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Lanie Lockwood
[email protected] 

College of Sciences
Estralita Martin
[email protected] 

Division of Faculty Advancement and Student Success (IS3D/Undeclared)
Michelle Lopez
[email protected] 

Fowler College of Business (Acting)
Patricia van Damme
[email protected] 

 

SDSU Navigate Service: "Career & Internships Advising"

Career & Internships Advisors in your college and/or Career Services are trained to help you explore and plan for career and internship opportunities. SDSU Career Services uses HANDSHAKE to help students and alumni connect with opportunities. This online career development management system includes:

  • Thousands of Job and Internship listings
  • Resume, cover letter and transcript upload, storage, and submission
  • On-campus interview scheduling, workshops and employer information sessions
  • Scheduling one-on-one appointments with SDSU Career Counselors
  • Registering for SDSU Career Fairs

The evaluators in the Office of the Registrar provide support for complex student advising scenarios including: 

  • Graduation requirements
  • Transfer credit 
  • Guidance and direction on how and when to apply to graduate
  • Readmission to the University

Students may be refered to an evaluator by their advisor.

Graduate Program Advisors are professional and faculty advisors located in the colleges. For more information about graduate student support please visit the webpage for current graduate students. A list of current Graduate Program Advisors and their contact information is also available on the College of Graduate Studies website.
International Student Advisors work in the International Student Center (ISC), part of the International Affairs Complex at SDSU. These advisors support the success of international students study at SDSU. In addition to general advising, these advisors offer support to students in issues specific to international students -- immigration policies, visas, living in the United States, and more.

SDSU Navigate Service: "Study Abroad Advising"

Study Abroad Advisors may be associated with your college and/or the Global Education Office, and are trained to help you explore and plan global education experiences. If your major requires an international experience or study abroad requirement to graduate, or if you have goals to study abroad to participate in high impact experiences, you can connect with these advisors to begin the process of exploring and plan your global education options. 

Study Abroad Advisors work with the Evaluations Office to help students understand how studying abroad will impact their transfer credit and progress toward graduation.

The division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity offers student support services to suppport student health and well-being, students with varying abilities,  those enrolled in special programs, or students seeking personal and career counseling. 

Below is a list of additional support services to promote and support student academic success.

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STILL NOT SURE WHERE TO GO? 

If you need help finding an advisor or other form of support, you can visit the Student Success Hub or the Student Success Help Desk -- or email [email protected].