Mandatory Advising

College of letters and science advisor with student artwork

Mandatory Advising - First-Year Advising Cohort

First-year transfer students: contact your major advising office for information about your mandatory advising requirement.

Interacting with an academic advisor early in your university career can enhance your college success. Our objective is to help you achieve your personal and academic goals, and mandatory advising is one of the ways the College wants to help ensure that you get a strong start at UC Davis. Comprehensive advising in Letters and Science is shared between Undergraduate Education and Advising in the Office of the Dean and the major advisors. We are excited to meet with you and are here to help you get the most out of your undergraduate experience and prepare for a successful career.

Your assigned academic advisor will listen carefully to your questions and concerns, provide a safe and inclusive space, guide your exploration of curriculum, graduation requirements, policies and procedures, etc., and help you make timely degree progress.  They will also encourage guide and support you in developing goals and educational plans.

Academic advisors provide you with accurate and timely information, connect you to other university resources and services.  They are accessible during business hours by phone, email, the university messaging system and by appointment.

We have a dedicated team of advisors serving all our incoming first year students – including a team devoted to our international student population.  Advisors are assigned to student alphabetically by the student’s last name.  Advisor assignments for domestic students are listed below (International students information can be found here).  Look for a welcome email from your assigned advisor in your UC Davis email.

Advisor Name - Last Name Alpha

Leo Alamillo - G, O

Tess Anthony Lopez - L, Q

Lori Avellar - C

Kate Creveling - R, W

Jasmine Durias - P, D

Frances Gamez - H, V

Janet Gutierrez - A, E

Wendy Haws - M, U

Brighid O'Halloran - K, T

Mark Reyes - B, N

Sara Sweeney - S, X, Z

Mike Valenzuela - F, I, J, Y

Why Should I Come to Mandatory Advising?

Your academic advisor is one of your best all-around resources on campus with connections to – and knowledge about – many of the programs and people that can help you achieve success. Mandatory advising is an opportunity for your advisor to meet you, learn about your personal and academic goals, and help you chart a path to success.

Who Is Required to Participate in Mandatory Advising?

We consider advising to be so important to your success that we have made it mandatory for all students in the College.

How Do I Satisfy My Mandatory Advising Requirement?

  1. Complete the required online Mandatory Advising Module.
  2. Schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor. 

An advising hold was placed on your record for the Fall term to remind you to see your academic advisor. You can see it on your OASIS homepage. The hold will only be removed after you have completed the Mandatory Advising Module and attended an in-person Mandatory Advising appointment during your assigned window.

What Should I Do to Prepare for Mandatory Advising?

Academic advising is an on-going process built on a partnership between you and your advisor.  There are several things to do ahead of time to maximize the benefit of your mandatory appointment.

  • Complete the required online Mandatory Advising Module.
  • Familiarize yourself with your program requirements, University resources, and campus procedures.
  • Write down questions you would like to address during the appointment.

How Do I Make an Appointment for Mandatory Advising?

You will schedule your appointment online at

What if I am Planning to Change My Major Out of Letters and Science – Should I Still Come to Mandatory Advising?

Yes. Until you officially change your major, you are considered a Letters and Science student; therefore you are required to attend mandatory advising. Your current academic advisor can still help you with the logistics of changing your major and will be able to discuss with you any general topics and/or concerns pertaining to UC Davis.

What Happens if I Don't Satisfy the Advising Requirement?

If you have not seen your academic advisor by the appropriate deadline, you won’t be able to view or make any changes to your class schedule until you meet with your advisor and your hold is removed. This may negatively affect your ability to get some of the classes you need/want during the subsequent registration period. Plan ahead! Complete the Mandatory Advising Module and attend your mandatory advising appointment before the deadline. Do NOT wait until the deadline to get your hold lifted.