To become an academic advising program that enhances the experience of all undergraduate engineering students at the University of California, Davis, and that sets the standard for excellence in advising.
The College of Engineering’s Academic Advising Mission is to provide timely and accurate advising to cultivate connections, success, and advancement in engineering excellence. We empower and support students with achieving their educational, professional, and personal goals; and we advocate for our students and programs through campus partnerships.
Academic advisors are here to help you get the most out of your undergraduate engineering education and prepare for a successful career. Questions about majors, courses, holds, degree requirements, dismissals, or readmission? Click here for answers. Advisor contact information can also be found on this page.
Academic Advising About Your Major
Contact the program advisor in your department (click here), who can help you with:
- Academic planning
- Degree requirements
- General Education requirements
- Student petitions
- Options when you are in academic difficulty
You’ll meet the program advisor in your department at UC Davis Orientation. You will find out more then about the advising program and who your faculty advisor is or how to choose one.
Faculty advisors can help with:
- Career goals
- Choice of major
- Field of specialization
- Elective courses
How To Get a Hold Cleared
Holds vary by department/major, but for most majors students should contact your program advisor by the following deadlines:
- Last name A-G: By December 15
- Last name H-N: By March 15
- Last name O-Z: By September 15
For first-year students in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, you will have an advising hold every quarter of your first-year:
- Fall quarter (clear hold by November 30) – meet with your first-year advisor in the Engineering Undergraduate Office
- Winter quarter (clear hold by February 28) – meet with your first-year advisor in the Engineering Undergraduate Office
- Spring quarter (clear hold by May 31) – meet with your major advisor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
First-year students in Computer Science Engineering also have an advising hold each quarter, with your first-year advisor in the Engineering Undergraduate Office:
- Fall quarter (clear hold by November 30)
- Winter quarter (clear hold by February 28)
- Spring quarter (clear hold by May 31)
We strongly recommend that you NOT wait until the deadline to get a hold cleared. Take action by the deadline of the given quarter of your hold.
What Happens If You Don’t Satisfy the Annual Advising Requirement (Clear Your Hold)?
An advising hold is placed on your registration every year to remind you to see your advisor. If you don’t see your advisor and have the hold cleared by the deadline, then you won’t be able to make any changes to your class schedule until the hold is removed..
We strongly recommend that you NOT wait until the deadline to get a hold cleared.
Help With Other Academic Issues
The advisors in the Undergraduate Office (1050 Kemper Hall) are available for drop in advising:
Mondays through Fridays 1:00-4:00 pm.
- Degree certification
- Options for managing academic difficulty
- Dismissal appeals
- Transfer evaluation, credit, course equivalencies
Call (530) 752-1979 or come by the office at 1050 Kemper Hall to make an appointment.
Get Advice from a Peer Advisor
In addition to the professional staff advisors, a team of academic peer advisors—current engineering students themselves—are also available to advise you on academic and administrative issues.
Call the peer advisors at (530) 752-1979 or stop by 1050 Kemper Hall.
Most importantly, don’t wait to ask a question or get help. We want you to succeed. Let us help you make that happen.