Academic Advising Holds

Students in the College of Engineering are required to meet with an academic advisor at least once a year. As a result, students have an advising hold placed on their record. This hold requires students to meet with their advisor to discuss educational, professional, personal goals and challenges. Not clearing the hold by the start date will affect the next quarter’s registration.

  • New First-Year Students and New First Term Transfer Students
  • Students who are in their first year at the university will have an advising hold placed prior to the start of fall quarter, requiring that they meet with their major advisor by the end of fall quarter. 

    New First-Year Students in LEADR and First-Year International Students will have an advising hold for each quarter of their first year, and will meet with an advisor in the Engineering Undergraduate Office.

    To schedule an appointment with your advisor, go to https://appointments.ucdavis.edu/default.aspx

  • Continuing Students (2nd year, 3rd, year, 4th year and beyond)
  • Students in their second year will have a hold placed prior to the start of the academic year, requiring that they meet with an advisor by the end of winter quarter.

    Students in their third year will have a hold placed prior to the start of the academic year, requiring that they meet with an advisor by the end of spring quarter. 

    For students in their fourth year or beyond, an advising hold will be placed prior to the start of the academic year, requiring that they meet with an advisor by the end of winter quarter.

    To schedule an appointment with your advisor, go to https://appointments.ucdavis.edu/default.aspx

  • Advising Locations
  • Advising locations, by major, are listed below. By clicking on the major, you will also find additional information about clearing holds for that major.
    Major Location
    Aerospace Science & Engineering 2132 Bainer Hall*
    Biochemical Engineering 3001 Ghausi Hall*
    Biological Systems Engineering 2038 Bainer Hall*
    Biomedical Engineering 2303 Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility*
    Chemical Engineering 3001 Ghausi Hall*
    Civil Engineering 2009 or 2015 Ghausi Hall*
    Computer Engineering 2064 Kemper Hall*
    Computer Science & Engineering 2063 Kemper Hall*
    Electrical Engineering 2064 Kemper Hall*
    Environmental Engineering 2009 or 2015 Ghausi Hall*
    Materials Science & Engineering 3001 Ghausi Hall*
    Mechanical Engineering 2132 Bainer Hall*
    Engineering Undergraduate Office

    1050 Kemper Hall*

    To schedule an appointment with your advisor, go to https://appointments.ucdavis.edu/default.aspx
    * Academic advising appointments may be offered remotely (online) or in-person. Students are able to see available options when scheduling their appointment. 

Viewing Holds on Your Student Record

Advising holds show as alerts in Schedule Builder and OASIS. Carefully check the date of pending holds, which are informational only, highlighted in tan/light yellow, and do not prevent course registration. Current holds are highlighted in red and DO prevent course registration. Visit your department’s undergraduate advising website for specific instructions to clear the hold.

Here is a sample of how the alert will appear:
Advising Hold Example

Holds for Students Changing Their Major

As long as you are listed as a College of Engineering student you must clear your hold. Students planning to change their major, or add an additional major are required to complete a Change of Major webform. The Change of Major form must be submitted to the appropriate academic advisors and dean’s offices involved.

What Happens if You Don't Satisfy the Annual Advising Requirement (Clear your hold)?

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 and it may impact your ability to register for courses. We strongly recommend that you NOT wait until the deadline to get a hold cleared.