Advising Services

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Advising Services

The Cal Central Appointment System is not currently in use by the College of L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising. Follow the steps below to make an appointment.

Navigating Advising by Topic

Degree Checks

  • To check your progress toward major or minor requirements, visit the major/minor department

  • To check your progress toward all other degree requirements, start with reviewing your Academic Progress Report (APR ). Your APR is used to clear students for graduation for all degree requirements other than major and minor requirements, so it is your best tool to understand your progress.

  • For more information on how to review your APR, watch this video or attend a workshop (information coming soon on our Events & Programs page)! 

  • Find something in your APR that doesn’t seem right (outside the major section)? Head to 206 Evans or 156 Dwinelle for guidance.

  • Ready to graduate soon? View our popular Graduation Webinar to make sure you’re prepared to get your degree.

Schedule Planning

  • For support with picking classes for a major or minor, visit the major/minor department

  • For general support with schedule planning, attending a workshop (information coming soon to our Events & Programs page) or talking with a peer adviser in Res Halls are the easiest way to get advice during Peak Period. You also may meet with an L&S adviser. Just remember that the L&S office is limited in its ability to help students plan major or minor requirements.

  • If you’re getting high in units and are worried or unsure about your major direction, see an L&S adviser for guidance.

Academic Holds

  • Reading & Composition: Bring proof of completion of the course to L&S advising or meet with an adviser to discuss your plan for completion.

  • Unapproved Schedule: Meet with an L&S adviser to discuss your future course loads and whether you may be eligible for approved reduced course loads. If you have a DSP letter approving a reduced course load or work 15 or more hours a week, you can get a late reduced course load approval through the intake staff at 206 Evans or 156 Dwinelle.

  • Undeclared at 75: Visit your intended major department to have them remove your hold or fill out a Conditions to Declare (CTD) form and create a program plan. If there is a chance you may not make this major, you may be asked to have a CTD form filled out by an alternate major department as well. This is to protect you from accumulating too many units without a major plan. If your major department is unable to lift your hold, bring your CTD(s) to the L&S Advising Office and plan to meet with an adviser.

Moving your Expected Graduation Term

To move your expected graduation term earlier or to a summer, the intake advisers at 206 or 156 Dwinelle can make that change for you. If you wish to extend your time to a future fall or spring, the intake staff will evaluate your unit ceiling and let you know if they can make that change for you or if you need to speak with an academic adviser.

Exploring or Re-Evaluating Major Options

  • 7 Steps to Choose a Major. For a self-directed approach that allows you to take action now, this one-hour workshop is well worth your time. You'll leave with an individualized action plan that will help you strategically research and test out potential majors that match your interests, strengths, and goals.

  • For an interactive experience with a focus on mentorship, the L&S Mentors provide support in finding majors, understanding how major fits into the context of career, and can help students work through concerns about making the “right” choice.

  • L&S Advisers can support students in evaluating interests, navigating a major search, and understanding options about your time at UC Berkeley for making a change or taking on secondary majors or minors.For assessment tests, and doing a major search alongside career exploration, check out the Career Library’s Career Counseling services.  

  • Major advisers help students evaluate what a major will “look like,” from outlining a long term course plan to clarifying requirements for declaration.

Concerns about Grades

  • Make an appointment with an L&S adviser to discuss your options for the courses you’re concerned with and to discuss potential impacts to your academic standing.
  • For support in study skills, strengthening term papers, or preparing for finals, see an L&S Mentor in Drop-In Q&A or one-on-one.

Quick or General Questions

Want clarity about what the unit ceiling means, how to calculate the P/NP limit, where to go with a particular question, or other general questions? Try:

  • The Peer Adviser Cart can be found at both office locations over the lunch hour. 

  • Peer Advisers are available in the Res Halls.

  • Ask during the Live Instagram Q&A every Tuesday from 4:15-4:45. While each week covers common questions around a particular topic, students are welcome to ask questions on any topic related to advising.

  • Email asklns@berkeley.edu. Responses are usually within 72 hours. If you have multiple questions or if your question requires access to your student file, please plan to meet with a College Adviser. Questions about class schedule planning, making appointments, and other complex issues cannot be handled via e-mail. Per Privacy of Student Records (FERPA) (link is external), student record information will not be sent via email.

Navigating Advising by Access Point

Helpful Tip: Students are welcome to meet any College Adviser and are not limited to solely their assigned L&S Adviser. 

Helpful Tip: For support with questions related to a major or minor, please see a major or minor advisor in that department

Helpful Tip: All pre-scheduled appointments start at the scheduled time.  Your appointment will be cancelled if you do not check in/call within 10 minutes after start time. 

206 Evans: Main Office

  • Walk-Ins: First-come, first-served. Walk-in lists open at 9am and 1pm and students will be added until the walk-in list is full. Students will wait in the lobby for an adviser to call them back. In person only.

  • Pre-Scheduled Appointments: 30-minute appointment slots available in person, by phone, or through video conferencing. Students may schedule an appointment at 206 Evans or by calling (510) 642-1483. Pre-scheduled appointments can only be schedule up to one week out.

  • Intake staff and peer advisers are able to answer quick questions and guide students through petition processes.

156 Dwinelle (Satellite Office)

  • Same-Day Appointments: Appointment slots are available to be booked for later in the same day. We encourage arriving early to make sure a spot is available as we start booking as soon as the office opens. Same-Day appointments must be scheduled in person, but the appointments can be in person, by phone, or through video conferencing.

  • Pre-Scheduled Appointments: 30-minute appointment slots available in person, by phone, or through video conferencing. Must be scheduled in person at 156 Dwinelle hall and can only be scheduled up to one week out.

  • Intake staff and peer advisers are able to answer quick questions and guide students through petition processes.

Phone Assistance

To make an appointment, to get general information, or to ask a quick question, call (510) 642-1483. In-depth advising or questions requiring the student’s file cannot be handled on the phone.  Phone hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 4pm; Friday 10am to 4pm (closed during noon hour).

Email

Appointments cannot be arranged via email, but for quick questions or inquiries about L&S policies or requirements, e-mail AskLnS@berkeley.edu.  A Peer Adviser will answer your question, usually within 72 hours. If you have multiple questions or if your question requires access to your student file, please plan to meet with a College Adviser. Questions about class schedule planning, making appointments, and other complex issues cannot be handled via e-mail. Per Privacy of Student Records (FERPA), student record information will not be sent via email.

Live Instagram Q&As

Every Tuesday at 4:15pm on Instagram, our advisers will answer common questions and concerns surrounding a specific topic, all live! Students may ask questions during the event or just listen to advice, tips, and clarification on topics ranging from schedule planning to whether or not to take summer school. Our Instagram page also provides weekly updates about what's going on in the department, reminders about deadlines, and prospectives from other Bears on navigating Cal: Instagram.com/ucblnsadvising

Workshops and Programs

Sometimes, covering all there is to know about a big question takes more than an appointment. Workshops are great ways to understand a topic, from the questions you already have to the ones you haven’t yet thought to ask. Get support with finding a major, planning for pre-med, and more. Check out our L&S Events and Programs page for more information, including our programming calendar. 

Advising in Residence Halls

L&S Peer Advisers are current students who are trained to answer quick questions about L&S requirements, policies, and procedures. Peer Advisers are available for drop-in advising in each of the residence halls from weeks 4-10 in Fall and Spring semesters. Peer Advisers' schedule can be found on AskLnSPeers

Disabled Students Program (DSP) Satellite Advising

Weekly L&S Advising is available in the Chávez Student Center for students registered with DSP. We offer drop in advising on academic matters Thursdays 1pm-4pm. Sign-up starts at noon at the DSP office until spaces are filled. DSP is located at 260 Chávez Student Center.

L&S Mentor Program

The L&S Mentors, graduate students across a range of disciplines, facilitate essential advising workshops focused on two primary themes: academic success and major exploration, where they provide strategies, lead exercises, and direct students to other resources on campus. In addition, the Mentors hold office hours to provide one-on-one mentoring and coaching. Get connected here!

Major & Minor Advising

For advising ​on ​L&S majors, minors, and to declare a major, see an Undergraduate Major Adviser (UMA) in your major of interest​. See the Berkeley Academic Guide for contact information for individual departments. 

College of Letters & Science 

Main Office: 206 Evans Hall
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

Wed: 1pm-4pm

Satellite Office: 156 Dwinelle Hall
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

Wed: 9:30-12pm and 1pm-4pm

Main Phone Hours

Monday through Thursday: 9am-4pm
Friday: 10
am-4pm 
Closed 12-1pm weekdays

Mailing Address
Office of Undergraduate Advising 
UC Berkeley
206 Evans Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2924

Fax: (510) 642-2372