Mandatory Advising

Interacting with an academic advisor early in your university career, and every year, can enhance your college success.

Our objective is to help you achieve your personal and academic goals. Mandatory advising is one of the ways that your major and college advisors can ensure that you get the most out of your experience at UC Davis. Please review the specific instructions below regarding your specific mandatory advising requirement.


Find your primary advisor

Stacie Jenkins
Last Names: A–Flo
Alissa Magorian
Last Names: Flp–Lec
Rachel Hale
Last Names: Led–Rio
Jillian Hancock
Last Names: Rip–Z

Stacie Jenkins

Alissa Magorian

Rachel Hale

Jillian Hancock


First-Year Transfer Students

The goal of mandatory advising for new transfer students is to ensure that you have the opportunity to meet your major advisor, develop an academic plan for your major classes, and discuss helpful resources and ways to get involved.

  • Steps to Clear Hold
  • To clear this hold, you must make an appointment with a staff advisor in the PSC, PHI, STS, CGS Advising Center (Yellow Cluster Advising). Peer advisors cannot clear this hold, and drop-in hours will not meet the mandatory advising appointment requirement. 

    Before attending your appointment, you will need to: (1) save a Degree Worksheet in OASIS that includes your completed and in-progress courses and (2) create an Academic Plan Form in OASIS that includes all remaining major requirements.
  • Timeline (2020)
  • Mandatory advising for first-year transfer students takes place in Fall Quarter.
    October 12:  Major advising appointments become available. 
    You may book an appointment using the UC Davis Appointment System. Staff appointments are bookable two weeks into the future. Be sure to click "Next" to view next week's appointments. After you meet with a major advisor, your hold will be cleared within one week.
    December 11:  Appointments must be completed
    by December 11 (end of week 10). It is important that you complete all mandatory advising steps by this deadline so that your registration is not blocked after that date.  

    December 15Your mandatory advising hold becomes active. If this hold is not resolved by December 15, it will prevent changes to your Winter schedule and future registration. Prior to December 15, you will be able to add, change, and drop classes as usual.
  • Planning to Switch Majors?
  • If you are planning to switch majors outside of Psychology, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, or Science & Technology Studies, please notify us via email (below), and we’ll clear your hold. We also recommend that you communicate with your intended major’s advising office for further academic planning. 
    Cognitive Science:
    Science & Technology Studies:


The goal of this mandatory advising is to ensure that you: (1) are on track to graduate, (2) plan for your transition out of college, and (3) finalize your next steps towards your professional goals.

Second-Year Students (Sophomores)

Mandatory advising for second-year students in Psychology, Philosophy, STS, and Cognitive Science occurs during the Spring Quarter. The goal of this mandatory advising is to ensure that you are making progress toward your major requirements and to connect you with helpful resources and opportunities in your major.

Second-year students have ONE quarter to clear this hold, though we encourage students to meet with us as soon as possible.

To clear this hold, you must make an appointment with a staff advisor in the PSC, PHI, STS, CGS Advising Center. Peer advisors cannot clear this hold.

Do not come in during drop-in hours to clear your hold, we want to make sure that we have a full 30 minutes to learn about you and your educational goals.

The hold will not be “active” until June. If this hold is unresolved by June, it will prevent changes to your Summer/Fall schedules and future registration.

First-Year Students (Freshmen)

First-year students (who are not transfer students) will meet with a college advisor in the College of Letters and Science, Undergraduate Education and Advising. More information about your first year hold can be found HERE