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, Undergraduate Advisors, and Peer Advisors play an important role in advising on all aspects of the major(s). 

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 for the Fall. Please note that all staff are working remotely, and power outages may occasionally impact our advising availability. OFFICE CLOSED: The Psychology Advising office will close at 12:00pm on Wednesday, November 25 and will open again at 9:00am on Monday, November 30. 

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Advising Services

Psychology Department Advising is available Monday through Thursday, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm. For assistance, please review the options below and follow the instructions to speak with staff. 


Front Desk Chat

Front Desk staff are available during our open hours (Monday through Thursday, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm) to answer general questions and check-in students for Drop-in Advising when it is available.

Send a message psyc-frontdesk@ucsc.edu (or psyc-fro@ucsc.edu) through Google Hangouts chat to get connected! Google Hangouts can be accessed through your email on a browser or via the app on your phone. 

Drop-In Advising with Peer Advisors

Trained Peer Advisors are able to assist students with:

  • personal academic plans
  • graduation checks
  • general questions about the majors
  • major declaration questions
  • Study Abroad Academic Approval forms (academic planning section)

If you have questions they can't answer, Peer Advisors have a line of communication with Undergraduate Advisors and can refer you to Undergraduate Advisors if appropriate. Peer Advisors are also available via email at psypeer@ucsc.edu


Drop-in Advising with Peer Advisors is available:


9:00am - 11:45am 
1:00pm - 3:45pm - CANCELLED Wednesday, November 25

1:25pm-3:45pm  - CANCELLED Thursday, November 26

*Please note, beginning the week of November 30 we will no longer offer drop-in advising on Thursday mornings. 

How to Connect
Send a message to psyc-frontdesk@ucsc.edu (or psyc-fro@ucsc.eduthrough Google Hangouts chat to check-in for Drop-in Advising. You will be checked in through Slug Success to meet with the first available advisor. When an advisor is ready to meet with you, they will send you email instructions to access a Zoom meeting. The Front Desk can let you know if there are students waiting for Drop-in Advising ahead of you, and how long the wait may be. 

Not currently taking classes at UCSC? Drop-in Advising is only available for active UCSC students with Slug Success accounts. If you are not currently taking classes at UCSC, the Front Desk Chat can answer your general questions, and you may email psypeer@ucsc.edu or psyadv@ucsc.edu for further assistance.

Undergraduate Advisors: Available through Email & Appointments

Undergraduate Advisors are available to assist students with:

  • substitutions of transfer courses and study abroad courses
  • petitions or appeals
  • Veterans Benefits Verification
  • enrollment assistance (click here for initial enrollment assistance information)
  • 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. If you would like to petition to have study abroad courses fulfill major requirements, begin the process 3 weeks before your study abroad deadline (visit our Study Abroad webpage for details).

Schedule an appointment

Undergraduate Advisors will offer a limited number of 15-minute appointments each week. Appointments are available to book through Slug Success up to 7 days in advance and are available for scheduling on a first-come/first-serve basis. 

Slug Success Login

• Slug Success is also linked to in the MyUCSC Resources panel. 

• Log in, then select: Advising > Major/Minor Advising > CHOOSE A TOPIC > Psychology

For assistance in navigating Slug Success, view these self-help guides. 

Not Proposed or Declared in Cognitive Science or Psychology? You can choose these appointment reasons when scheduling:

  • Academic Planning/Guidance

  • Choosing/Exploring a Major/Minor

  • Declaring/Adding/Changing a Major/Minor

Not currently taking classes at UCSC? Please note that drop-in advising and appointments are only available for active UCSC students with Slug Success accounts. If you are not currently taking classes at UCSC, the Front Desk Chat can answer your general questions, and you may email psyadv@ucsc.edu for further assistance.

Field Study Advising

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

Petition for Major Declaration 

Student interested in declaring Cognitive Science or Psychology must complete the following;

  1. Review the Major Declaration Information Presentation.

  2. Verify that you have completed all of the declaration requirements for Cognitive Science or Psychology.

  3. Fill out a Major Declaration Request Form to initiate your declaration. (You must be signed into your UCSC email to access- use a private/incognito browser that requires you to sign into your UCSC account if you have trouble accessing the Google form.) Make sure that you answer all questions pertaining to your major.

  4. On the request form, upload ONE PDF file that includes all of your unofficial transcripts from ALL college(s) you have attended and your Petition For Major Declaration Form

  5. Review all of your responses before submitting. Failure to answer questions or provide required documents may delay or cancel your request.

The Fall 2020 Declaration Deadline was October 29. Advisors will process late petitions within one month (not counting weeks when the university is closed). Notifications of Petition of Major Declaration approval or denial will be sent to students' UCSC email.     

Please note, you may be contacted by psypeer@ucsc.edu or psyadv@ucsc.edu if we have questions about the information you submitted on your request. Check your UCSC email often and respond in order to avoid delays in processing your request.  

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