Advising

Types of Appointments

Same-Day Academic Advising Appointments

Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

  • Same-Day appointments are 15 minutes but scheduled every 20 minutes. These appointments are first-come, first-served. You must come in person on that same day to sign-up for appointments. Space is limited so we recommend that you arrive early to sign-up. 
  • Please check-in at the front desk in the Office of Undergraduate Advising, 102 Social Ecology I. 

Advance Academic Advising Appointments

 

  • Advance appointments are 30 minutes in length and are scheduled up to two weeks in advance.
  • Unfortunately, same day 30-minute appointments are not available.
  • Advance appointments are reserved for current Social Ecology students. Non-Social Ecology majors can still meet with a  peer academic advisor or academic counselor during our walk-in hours.
  • Please be respectful of our counselors' time and call to cancel if you cannot attend a scheduled appointment so that we may assist other students. 
  • Please check-in at the front desk in the Office of Undergraduate Advising, 102 Social Ecology I
  • Please cancel 24 hours in advance of your appointment. If you show up late, cancel less than 24 hours, or no-show more than twice you will be BLOCKED from making appointments for the remainder of the current quarter and can only do Same-Day appointments.



Field Study Appointments

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Course Scheduling

The School of Social Ecology's Undergraduate Advising Office provides students with help in planning their quarterly schedule of classes as well as in planning a long-term program of study. We encourage you do speak with an academic counselor if you have questions about your current classes, if you need help planning classes for next quarter, or if you have any concerns about meeting graduation requirements. Stop by the Social Ecology Undergraduate Advising Office (Social Ecology Building I, Room 102) during our walk-in counseling hours or call (949) 824-6861 to schedule an appointment.

In addition to the information available in the Undergraduate Advising Office, the University maintains a wealth of information on registration and enrollment procedures. The current schedule of classes, enrollment procedures, class registration instructions, fee payment policies and procedures, add/drop policies, and information about course availability is readily accessible to students online. The following resources can be of assistance:

Schedule of Classes (WebSOC)
Web Registration System (WebREG)
Registrars Office

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are available via the UCI Catalogue. Check the online or printed version of the UCI General Catalogue for most course descriptions. The University's Breadth or General Education requirements are also outlined in the University's General Catalogue.

Sample Schedules

Have you ever wondered what a "typical" four-year plan might look like? Most sample schedules allow room for electives and provide students with choices among the University's Breadth or General Education Requirements. These programs should be followed only in consultation with an academic counselor. We encourage students to plan their schedule and then see an academic counselor in Social Ecology's Undergraduate Advising Office. Stop by the Undergraduate Advising Office (Social Ecology Building I, Room 102) or call (949) 824-6861 to schedule an appointment. Sample schedules are below.

4-year plan (for freshman students)

2-year plan (for transfer students)

Helpful Hints

When is it a good time to see an academic counselor?

  SAME-DAY APPOINTMENT (15 min.) ADVANCE APPOINTMENT (30 min.)
WEEK 1 BUSY RESERVED FOR AP STUDENTS
WEEK 2 BUSY  RESERVED FOR AP STUDENTS
WEEK 3 AVERAGE AVAILABILITY BUSY
WEEK 4 AVERAGE AVAILABILITY GOOD TIME
WEEK 5 AVERAGE AVAILABILITY GOOD TIME
WEEK 6 BUSY BUSY
WEEK 7 BUSY BUSY
WEEK 8 BUSY LIMITED AVAILABILITY
WEEK 9 BUSY LIMITED AVAILABILITY
WEEK 10 AVERAGE AVAILABILITY AVERAGE AVAILABILITY
FINALS AVERAGE AVAILABILITY AVERAGE AVAILABILITY


What to Expect:

Who does academic advising?

  • Academic counselors and Peer Academic Advisors are both excellent resources for academic advising
  • Peer Academic Advisors are highly trained 3rd and 4th year students that can help you with choosing a major, class scheduling, completing your degree requirements, and more. They are also current Social Ecology students so they know what it’s like to be a student.
  • Academic counselors can help you with declaring a major, class scheduling, developing a four year plan, graduate school exploration, clarifying policies and procedures, and more.

How can I benefit from academic advising?

  • Get assistance in making academic and career choices
  • Learn about various majors and minors
  • Get assistance in goal setting and exploration
  • Make sure you are on track to graduate
  • Receive help with developing strategies to improve academic performance
  • Get questions answered about policies and procedures
  • Obtain referrals and advice about campus resources

How often should I see an academic advisor?

  • You should see an academic advisor whenever you have a question about your academic goals and choices at UCI. There may be times when are you feeling confused or overwhelmed or generally unclear about what you are supposed to be doing. We are happy to help!

What can I expect?

  • You can expect your advisor to:
    • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, the degree requirements, and university and school policies and procedures
    • Encourage and guide you in defining and developing realistic goals
    • Provide information and strategies for using available resources and services on campus
    • Assist you in understanding the purpose of higher education and its effects on your life and personal goals
    • Monitor and accurately document your progress toward meeting your goals and progress toward degree completion
    • Help you with decision‐making skills and skills in assuming responsibility for your educational plans and achievements
    • Maintain confidentiality

What am I expected to do?

  • You have clear responsibilities in the advising partnership:
    • Schedule appointments when you need help
    • Come prepared to each appointment with questions
    • Ask questions if you do not understand or need clarification
    • Keep all records and documents and organize them so they are accessible
    • Clarify personal values and goals and provide your advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities
    • Be proactive about understanding where you stand in degree requirements
    • Accept responsibility for all aspects of your academic career
  • Come prepared:
    •  Bring a list of questions or concerns
    • Share your goals and educational priorities and your limitations and pressures
    • Follow up on recommendations
    • Be ON TIME!
    • Notify the office at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel. We want to help as many students as possible.