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Serving Our Students

Undergraduate Advisors are a link between faculty and students, and between students and campus. We are your “tour guides” to student services and academic information in departments and across campus. Advisors have access to all the online registration and transcript information that you need. If questions or problems arise, we are trained to assist you in understanding campus policy.

Each Rausser student is paired with the academic advisor for their major.  Students who have not yet declared a major are paired with the undeclared academic advisor.  Students are encouraged to be in regular contact with their advisor and, at times, will be required to meet with the advisor to discuss their academic progress before they can enroll into the next term.  All issues discussed between students and advisors are confidential. You can contact your advisor about any questions you may have. 

Advisors are usually located in the Office of Instruction and Student Affairs, 260 Mulford Hall (but working remotely until stay at home measures are lifted).

Major Advisors

Undergraduate Advisors specialize in a particular Rausser major program. They know about faculty, course offerings, scholarships, internships, and career opportunities. They can help you find the appropriate faculty to mentor you with coursework, individual research, letters of recommendation, or graduate school options. Advisors assist you with long-term program planning, meeting graduation requirements, and department regulations, policies, and information. Find your advisor.

Professor Ignacio Chapela advising students

Professor Ignacio Chapela advising students

Faculty Advisors

Faculty Advisors are faculty assigned to advise students about a particular major or field of study, College course content, research, and the achievement of academic and career goals.

Students are often assigned a faculty advisor when they declare a major, depending on the department requirements. Faculty advisors are not aware of all College policy and campus requirements, so rely on your Undergraduate Advisor for these issues.

Peer Advisors

The work of peer advisors is integral to the success of their fellow Rausser undergraduates. Peer advisors are trained in understanding the College and university requirements, policies, and procedures, and they help with College recruitment and enrichment programs. They work at information tables in the residence halls, participate in Cal Day and Golden Bear Orientation, and they assist Rausser student affairs staff with various other outreach programs. They also design and manage their own college-wide advising projects. Most importantly, they introduce their fellow students to a wide variety of campus services and resources. Find out more about Peer Advising at Rausser.

Going the Extra Mile for Our Students

Rausser’s personalized student services program sets us apart from other colleges and academic units on campus. Thanks to our generous and active alumni base and our student-centered credo, our undergraduates benefit from:

  • A special for-credit chemistry preparation course for students interested in biological sciences who would benefit from extra help in chemistry
  • Alumni Association–sponsored career panels featuring Q&A with alumni in various professions
  • Sponsored Programs for Undergraduate Research, or SPUR, an alumni-supported program that provides Rausser students with funding to design and execute there own research projects as well as opportunities to work with faculty research mentors

Learn more about these and other services and programs.