Advising and Academic Support

Advising

How do I make an appointment with my advisor?

You can schedule an advising appointment online. Find instructions on how to schedule an appointment.

Most students will make appointments with advisors in your college advising centers. (See information on finding your college based on your major in our Getting Started FAQ.)

When making an advising appointment, students who are undeclared should select the University Academic Advisement Center, students in The Honors College can select The Honors College, and students in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) can select EOP when signing up for an appointment. 

If you have questions about scheduling an advising appointment, email [email protected]

How do I change my major?

Please review the criteria for Major Declaration for information about major declaration requirements and schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. 

How do I add a minor?

Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor and visit the Minors website for more information. 

What does it mean if I am on the waitlist for a class?

Get answers to questions regarding class waitlists on the Registrar’s Student Waitlist FAQ. (Scroll down to the last section on the webpage.) There is no guarantee you will be enrolled from a waitlist. Remember, it is first come, first served.

How can I create an educational plan?

Learn about your Degree Planner and be sure to make an appointment with your academic advisor if you need assistance with degree planning. 

How can I get advice for internships and my career?

The Career Development Center offers virtual drop-in advising, career coaching by phone, job search tips and online tools, and virtual events and workshops to help you get advice about internships and careers.

Virtual career workshops and employer events will be offered throughout the semester and listed on Handshake; create your free account today. 

Questions? Email [email protected]

As an undergraduate student, how do I know if I am on track to graduate in a timely manner?

A full load is 15 units; if you want to graduate in four years, you should take 15 units per semester and/or 30 units per academic year. 

The Degree Planner is an online tool that can help undergraduate students map out their entire academic path to graduation.

Academic Support

Does Cal State LA provide tutoring services for students?

Yes. Please visit the Center for Academic Success website and follow the instructions on the homepage to make a free tutoring appointment.

What subjects can I receive tutoring for?

The Center for Academic Success provides free tutoring for all subjects and writing assignments. 

If you are in a course that does not come up as supported by tutoring when making an appointment, please email [email protected] and we will work with our tutoring team to get you the help you need.

Can I get academic support for study skills and other student success strategies?

Yes. The Center for Academic Success provides a series of webinars and workshops to support students adjusting to a successful college experience. Watch archived webinars that provide tips on academic success, time management, productivity, virtual learning and more.

Is there specific academic support for first-year students?

Smart Start supports first-year students in their math and English classes. Find additional details of the services provided by Smart Start on its website, including academic coaching and Peer Led Undergraduate Study (PLUS). Questions? Contact Smart Start by email.

I am a graduate student. How can I get support from the Office of Graduate Studies?

Learn about the Office of Graduate Studies. All appointments with the office are being offered remotely. You can contact staff in the office by scheduling a one-on-one Zoom appointment, visiting during Zoom Office Hours, or by sending an email. Find details on the Office of Graduate Studies appointment scheduling and contact information webpage.