General Advisement

Advising Center

Location: Bell Tower, Room 1595

Office Hours:

  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

Advising Center Staff:

  • Advisors:
    • Todd Oberson, Asst. Director of Academic Advising, Technology Services Coordination
    • Monica Rivas, Asst. Director of Academic Advising, Special Populations Coordination
    • Sarah Johnson, Peer Advising Coordinator
    • Claudia Sitlington
    • Hannah Smit
    • Kristen Dobson
  • Beth Williams, Advising Center Support Coordinator

At CI, the role of advising is shared by faculty advisors and professional academic advisors. Academic advising is a continuous process that supports students throughout their academic journey at the University. Students are ultimately responsible for their educational planning and meeting all graduation requirements. Students need to be familiar with the University Catalog policies, as well as major and degree policies. In order to ensure academic success and remain on course, students are encouraged to maintain regular contact with academic and faculty advisors.

Students may stop by the Advising Center check-in counter to schedule an appointment with one of our professional academic advisors. Academic advisors are busiest during registration periods and the first few weeks of the semester. Students are encouraged to schedule advising sessions during the non-peak times. Major faculty advisors are available on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Each semester, office locations, hours and phone numbers of major faculty advisors are posted in the display case outside the Advising Center.

Link to faculty advisors

New Transfer Students

Students will receive information about advising and registration procedures by invitation after officially being admitted to the University. At CI, a student's first experience with academic advisors will take place through group advisement workshops. All newly admitted transfer students will be invited to attend a new student advisement workshop. The following dates are scheduled for advisement workshops:

  • December 16-18, 2015

Workshops will include information about how advising takes place at CI, as well as information about general education, graduation and major requirements. Advisors will provide assistance for interpreting the University catalog, schedule of classes and will provide helpful tips for first semester course planning. Students will receive important information regarding access to major checklists, class listings, and the online University Catalog. During the workshop students will receive registration procedures and instructions for registering online. Once students receive their invitation from the Admissions & Recruitment, they can RSVP online. For additional information visit or call 805-437-8571.

Transfer Student Registration

After attending a new student advisement workshop, students will register online. All new students will register online on the following date:

  •  December 21, 2015

Transfer Island View Orientation

Transfer students are encouraged to attend Transfer Island View Orientation coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs. Students will receive information via the Dolphin VIP page for this evening event that includes involvement opportunities, campus culture and values, and networking.

Questions can be directed to New Student, Orientation & Transition Programs at 805-437-3160 or by visiting the website at The following date is scheduled for Transfer Connections:

  • January 15, 2016

Course Scheduling and Technology Assistance

After attending an advising workshop, students experiencing difficulty with course scheduling or course selection may contact the Advising Center at 805-437-8571 for assistance. Students experiencing technical difficulties with the online registration process may contact Academic & Information Technology at 805-437-8552.

Systemwide Placement Test Requirements

The California State University requires each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, to take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment. These placement tests are not a condition for admission to the CSU, but they are a condition of enrollment. They are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support in acquiring the basic English and mathematics skills necessary to succeed in CSU baccalaureate-level courses.

Undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills in mathematics will be placed in appropriate remedial programs and activities during the first term of their enrollment. Students placed in such programs in mathematics must complete all remediation in their first year of enrollment. Failure to complete remediation by the end of the first year may result in denial of enrollment for future terms. Students register for the EPT and/or ELM at their local CSU campus. Questions about test dates and registration materials may be addressed to Student Life located in the Bell Tower, Room 1769, 805-437-8510.

University Writing and Multiliteracy Center and Learning Resource Center

The University Writing and Multiliteracy Center and the Learning Resource Center is located on the second floor of the John Spoor Broome Library.

University Writing and Multiliteracy Center

At the Writing & Multiliteracy Center, specialized writing and communication tutors are available to assist students with brainstorming and composing a first draft, organizing their ideas, and polishing their completed work.

The Writing & Multiliteracy Center is free and open to work with any student on their writing—whether it’s a research paper, lab report, or application letter. We are also helping students work on delivering more effective oral or slideshow presentations.  The Center provides individual and group tutoring, writing and oral workshops, and other services to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students working on writing, speaking, and visual projects. Appointments are at least 30 minutes, and can be as long as an hour. For more information, visit the Writing Center website at The Center is open Monday to Tuesday, 10am to 6pm; Thursday and Thursday 10am to 8pm; and Friday from 10am to 3pm. For an appointment or more information please call 805-437-8934.

Learning Resource Center

John Spoor Broome Library 2760 - 805-4378409

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides walk-in, one-on-one and small-group peer-tutoring in a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Social Sciences, Biostatistics, Physics, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Computer Science, Psychology, and Nursing. Students should contact the Learning Resource Administrative Assistant to obtain information regarding discipline tutoring available each semester. Tutors help students to develop quantitative analysis skills by addressing fundamental concepts, comprehension, homework, test preparation, study skills, and much more.

The LRC business hours are:

 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday,  9:00 AM - 9:00PM

Wednesday, 9:00 AM -  7:00 PM

Friday, 9:00 - 4:00 PM

Saturday, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Contact us at for more information.

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