In-Person Advising

The majority of information that students ask for advising help with is available online at the UC San Diego student web site, in the campus General Catalog, or in the Department FAQ. Students are encouraged to responsibly check these sites.

There are times when an in-person visit is essential (for example, because you need to have a document reviewed/approved or you need advice).

Three types of advising meetings exist:

(1) Front desk walk-ups for dropping off documents, picking up documents, or very quick questions: For these needs, come to the Department’s front desk (APM 7409) at any time during our business hours. This type of in-person assistance is typically for students who are not declared or proposed mathematics majors. Sometimes the desk will be closed during a lunch period or due to a meeting. You can call this number in advance for that day’s specific business hours: (858) 534-3590.

(2) Walk-in major advising: Hours are posted each week on the homepage of the Department of Mathematics website. Walk-ins are for things like course planning, double-major questions, signatures on appeal forms, post-graduation goals, and other mathematics major-related questions. Most walk-in visits should take no more than 10-15 minutes. Please be sure to have all relevant documents, such as quarter-by-quarter plans or personal statements, completed to the best of your ability before checking in for a walk-in session.

If you come for an advising session, but documents still need to be filled out, we will ask you to complete them before seeing an advisor.

Walk-in hours may be subject to change. Please call in advance for that day’s specific walk-in hours: (858) 534-3590.

(3) Advising appointments: If you need to see an advisor, but are unable to do so during walk-in hours, OR if you need assistance from an advisor that will take longer than 15 minutes, you may request an advising appointment by emailing As with all email to us, the body of your message needs to include (i) your full name of record, (ii) your PID, (iii) your major, and (iv) ample information describing your situation and the help that you need. Also, (v) mention a few different days/times that you are available for a meeting, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Email advising: As a university student, you have an obligation to stay informed of campus, college, and department policies. Part of that responsibility involves your regularly and frequently reading and attending to electronic communication from campus officials. (See UC San Diego Policy Manual: Using Electronic Communications for Official Communications with Students.)

We try not to spam students with information not relevant to them. If you receive an email or a VAC message from the Department of Mathematics advising staff, please read it promptly as it will contain important information. Failure to read emails in a timely fashion is not a legitimate excuse for missing deadlines or updates to department procedures.