LS Advising

Cyril Nierva Nguyen

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
July 2016

MA, Post-secondary Educational Leadership in Student Affairs, San Diego State University, 2010
BA, Psychology, CSU Northridge, 2001

November 1 is the Readmission deadline

If you need a Readmission appointment, and cannot schedule an appointment with a College Adviser by the deadline, please come in to 206 Evans Hall to get the application date stamped by Nov. 1.   Then schedule an appointment in the next week or two as appointments become more available. Students can mail their applications if they’re out of the area, and we will accept the Nov. 1 date stamp on the envelope. 

-The Office of Undergraduate Advising

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Alicia Mandac

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
July 2016

What is your approach to advising?
While my main role is to advise on degree requirements, I am equally concerned with your personal growth and development during your time at Cal. There is much more to college than the classes you take and the grades you earn. As your adviser, my goal is to provide you with the support and guidance you need to make sure you have a fulfilling college experience inside and outside the classroom.

Jesús Arciniega

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
Summer 1999

What is your approach to advising?
Fair, thorough, honest and friendly. I truly enjoy what I do.

MS, Counseling, Cal State East Bay

BA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

How did you get here?
BART or bike. Depends on the day.

What's your favorite part of your job?
One-on-one appointments with students.

Most unusual job you ever had:
Fish market clerk.

Ex-peer-dia: Study Abroad vs. Solo Travel

April 17, 2016

Minimum Progress

Normal Progress

The College expects most students in Letters & Science to complete a degree in four years. Generally, this requires an average of 30 units of course work completed each year. The College has set the normal semester unit load for students in Letters and Science at 15 units. The College requires students to take a minimum course load of 13 units each semester. Class schedules with fewer than 13 units require approval.

Tips for Academic Success

  • Know the specific deadlines for adjusting and finalizing your schedule. Plan your semester accordingly.
  • Prioritize and organize your study and personal time into effective daily and weekly patterns.
  • Keep regular study hours and find the right kind of study environment for you.
  • Maintain a personal academic calendar to keep track of exam dates and deadlines for assignments. Plan and prepare for exams and papers in advance.