Undergraduate Advising

The key to making the most of your educational opportunities is advising, so it is essential that you seek proper advice. Our faculty, staff advisors and peer advisors play an important role in advising on all aspects of the major(s). 

Advising Services

The Psychology Department Office in Social Sciences 2, Room 273 is currently closed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the campus actions implemented by Chancellor Cynthia Larive.

The following is a guide to the remote academic advising available.

Petition for Major Declarations 

In order to be eligible to declare Cognitive Science or Psychology, students must have all of the declaration requirements completed;

Cognitive Science Declaration Requirements

Psychology Declaration Requirements

Students eligible to declare must submit a Major Declaration Request to initiate their Petition for Major Declaration. Access to this form is restricted to UCSC email accounts- you must be signed into your UCSC account on the browser you use to access the survey. Notifications of Petition of Major Declaration approval or denial will be sent to students' UCSC email.

Drop-In Advising with Peer Advisors

Available Monday - Thursday, 9:00AM - 11:45AM & 1:00PM - 3:45PM

Trained Peer Advisors are able to assist students with:

  • personal academic plans
  • graduation checks
  • general questions about the majors
  • major declaration questions
  • Study Abroad Department Approval forms

Peer Advisors are also available via email at psypeer@ucsc.edu

Please see the calendar below and click on the Zoom meeting link during the scheduled time to access Drop-In Advising with a Peer Advisor. 

Undergraduate Advisors

Undergraduate advisors are available to assist students with:

  • substitutions of transfer courses and study abroad courses
  • petition approval
  • Veterans Benefits Verification
  • enrollment assistance (click here for initial enrollment assistance information; new students with questions about Fall 2020 enrollment, click here.)
  • recommendations for courses and faculty to approach for research interests

Please email psyadv@ucsc.edu with questions, requests, and any forms needing signatures. We will respond within 5 business days to any signature requests. 


Undergraduate Advisors are available for Drop-In Advising Monday afternoons (1:00pm-3:45pm) and Thursday mornings (9:00am-11:45am) during the Summer.

Monday Drop-In Advising, between 1:00pm-3:45pm, use this Zoom link to access: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/97611441041

Thursday Drop-In Advising, between 9:00am-11:45am, use this Zoom link to access: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/91101911134


Undergraduate Advisors are available through Drop-In Advising at the links above for Summer- appointments are not available.

Field Study Coordinator

Students must attend a Field Study Informational Meeting before making an appointment with the Field Study Coordinator.  For more information about informational meetings please click here.

Other Academic Resources