Freshman aggie advising

Aggie Advising for First Years

Be sure you have completed Aggie 101 before you begin the Aggie Advising Canvas Modules. 

Take your Placement Exams

Your placement results are critical to choosing the proper courses for Fall quarter, take your placement exams during the placement exam window - May 9-16.

  • Math 
  • Go to the Math Placement website here for more information on how and when to take the exam. All students who register in MAT 12 or 21A, are required to take the Mathematics Placement Exam. 
  • Chemistry 
  • Go to the Chemistry Placement website here for more information on how and when to take the exam. All students who register in CHE 2A or CHE 4A are required to satisfy the Chemistry Placement Requirement.
  • Writing
  • Students who have not satisfied Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) prior to coming to UC Davis are required to take the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey. More information can be found here.
  • Computer Science
  • Students interested in taking Computer Science 36A at UC Davis are required to take a Computer Science Placement exam. More information can be found here.

Complete Aggie Advising Canvas Modules

Learn how to select courses, build and balance your schedule, and start satisfying the requirements you’ll need to graduate. You’ll find resources and tips to help you navigate the university, explore your interests, and ensure your first quarter is a success. More information, including log-in directions, will be provided on May 9th.

(OPTIONAL) Schedule Your Appointment

If you have questions not answered by the First Year Aggie Advising Modules and online resources, you have the option to schedule a 1:1 appointment with your major advisor. Follow the steps below to schedule your optional appointment beginning June 13. 

  • Login to the Online Advising Appointment System
  • Visit the appointment system and login with UC Davis ID and Passphrase. Select your major department, enter your information and select "Aggie Advising (new student)" under "Special Situations".
  • Select Date & Time
  • Once you have confirmed your information, you will be shown a calendar with available appointments. Choose the day and time that works for you. 
    *Note: You may need to click forward to additional weeks for open appointments depending on demand.
  • Check Your Email
  • A confirmation email will be sent to your UC Davis email account. It will have instructions and a Zoom link to log in for your appointment. If you are using a computer, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click the link. If you are using a mobile device, please download the Zoom app prior to your appointment. You will also have an option to call in if you are unable to connect via another device. We suggest you check your internet or data connection so your appointment runs smoothly.

Prepare for Your Appointment

  • Prior to appointment
  • > Review the material you covered in the First Year Aggie Advising Canvas course and have your Aggie Advising Checklist ready to review with your advisor. 
    > Prepare your questions prior to your appointment
  • During your appointment
  • > Make sure to be on time
    > Connect to the meeting from a space with limited distractions
  • After you appointment
  • > Build your schedule in Schedule Builder based on the courses you discussed
    > Attend or review webinars
  • Get to Know Your Advisor
  • Curious to know more about your advisor? Learn more about our advising team.

Next Steps

  • Login to Schedule Builder to check your Pass time and search for the courses your advisor has recommended.
    • Aggie Live Registration Support, Freshmen
    • Aggie Live Registration Support, Transfer
  • Check your UC Davis email and Canvas for important announcements and reminders.
  • Register for Aggie Orientation.
  • Complete the "Life as an Aggie" activity. See how current and former students describe their experiences of coming to college. Then, reflect on your own thoughts and feelings about coming to UC Davis.