There are many options for academic counseling at UCLA. We encourage you to make appointments at least once a quarter with both your Departmental Advisor (for your major) and either a College of Academic Counselor or an academic counselor in the Academic Advancement Program. This will help you be on track to graduating.
College of Academic Counseling (CAC)
The College of Academic Counseling is divided into three major components: Fulltime College Counselors & Staff, College Academic Mentors (CAM)and ASK Peer Counselors. We strongly encourage you to meet with them at least once a quarter to make sure you are on track to finish your degree(s). However, if you are in the Honors Program, Academic Advancement Program or Athletics, we recommend you meet with the counselors in those departments instead.
Full-time College Counselors & Staff are available to meet with UCLA College students for same-day appointments Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can help answer questions related to the following:
- Degree requirements for graduation
- Scholastic difficulty (academic probation / STD)
- Program planning (double major)
College Academic Mentors (CAM)are graduate students from a variety of academic departments who advise undergraduate students (freshmen and sophomores) on:
- GE program planning
- Choosing a major
- Preparing for graduate and professional school (juniors and seniors)
ASK Peer Counselors are trained undergraduate advisors on UCLA policies and procedures. ASK Peer Counselors have multiple locations around campus and can offer the following services:
- Questions about college policies and deadlines
- Petition Forms
To schedule an appointment, visit Murphy Hall A-316.
UCLA Departmental Advisors
The College of Letters and Science offers a wide range of academic advising to students by academic department. The academic advisors can help students in many of the following:
- Program Planning
- Degree Requirements
- Choosing/Changing Majors
- Counseling in Scholastic Dificulty
- Academic Options
- Major Requirements
- and many more
For a list of Academic Advisors and location by department, please visit the Directory.
Academic Advancement Program (AAP)
AAP is the nations largest student diversity program. AAP promotes academic excellence and offers support and programs to more than 5,000 students who come from underrepresented backgrounds. Some of their services include, academic advising, mentoring (for graduate and professional schools), collaborative workshops on a range of topics, scholarships and summer bridge programs (for incoming freshmen and transfer students).
To access their services, you must be an AAP member. If you are not, but feel like you can benefit from the services they provide, visit New Student Programs office in 1232 Campbell Hall to find out how to become a member.
The Graduate Mentoring and Research Program houses the UndocuBruins Research Program. This program gives undocumented undergraduate students an opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a graduate mentor.
Membership is required to use their services. To find out if you are eligible for these services visit 1232 Campbell Hall.
Community Programs Office (CPO)
The CPO houses student-initiated, student-run projects that work to promote equality in our communities. The three components are: access to college, retention in college and community service.
As part of the Student Retention Center, the Writing Success Program offers quarterly workshops, one-on-one writing support, and daily drop-in hours.
Their goal is to help ease students’ anxiety about writing and increase student confidence in their analytic and communication skills.
Location: Student Activities Center, Room 106
Unfortunately, Undocumented students with DACA can no longer travel abroad with Advance Parole .
Besides meeting with IEO to make a plan to study abroad, we encourage you to meet with either, Student Legal Services at UCLA or an immigration attorney that can answer any questions and look at your case before you leave the U.S.
Location: 1332 Murphy Hall
Everyone needs tutoring: not just those struggling academically, but also those who want to succeed in the quarter system!
A complete list of tutoring resources available for a variety of subjects can be found through UCLA College of Letters and Sciences.
For more tutoring options, contact your Departmental Advisor.
Advisors are usually listed under "Contacts" or "Staff", and are generally described as “Undergraduate Advisors" or "Departmental Counselors".
You may be able to find additional tutoring in the Los Angeles area for a fee through websites such as ULoop and Wyzant. These are outside organizations not connected with UCLA.
There are many options for academic support in Residential Life such as College Academic Mentors, Classes on the Hill, and Undergraduate Writing Center locations on the Hill.
The Student Initiated Access Center is a student-run, student-initiated outreach program. Services include peer advising, skill building, and tutoring for historically underserved populations.
If you qualify for AAP, you have access to their peer mentoring service which offers free tutoring to all AAP students who want to strengthen their abilities to think independently, read analytically, write well, reason quantitatively, and study effectively.
The Student Retention Center offers peer counseling, mentorship, and tutoring to undergraduates with academic difficulties, and cultural and social transitions.
The UCLA Library offers a terrific online guide, one-on-one help, workshops on multiple topics such as how to write research papers, and more. Check out their website for more resources and information.
The Undergraduate Writing Center helps students with particular writing assignments and also guides students to become more effective and confident writers. They offer one-on-one appointments with peer learning facilitators, as well as walk-in appointments for more immediate questions. If you are using this resource be sure to start early in the quarter as the later in the term it gets the more difficult it is to get in to see the experts.
Community Programs Office’s Writing Success Program: Get one-on-one writing counseling with peer support, quarterly workshops on writing, and daily drop-in hours.
Below are additional resources outside of UCLA that others have found to be helpful:
There are eleven libraries available for students and each offer a variety of resources and services.
The libraries have many different tools to help students succeed, from research tutorials, to book reserves from other campuses, to one-on-one appointments with librarians, and reserved study spaces, these are a terrific resources to utilize. Some libraries have 24-hour study space.
The UCLA Library website alone provides a priceless resource for students. Also offered through the Library are workshops and tutorials regarding how to formulate a research question, conducting thorough database searches, techniques of research writing, proper citing, and more.
UCLA Undergraduate Writing Center
The Undergraduate Writing Center provides individualized consultations on writing. They offer support at any point in the writing process: when students are starting a writing assignment; after they have written a draft or part of a draft; after they have gotten feedback from a professor or TA and want to begin revising; as they are polishing a paper and want help in learning how to proofread and edit their own writing.
Hours and Locations:
A61 Humanities Location
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Fri., 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
50-minute appointments & walk-in appointments available
Rieber Hall 115 Location (for on-campus residents only)
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
25- and 50-minute appointments available & walk-in appointments subject to availability
Powell Library 228 Location
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Walk-in service available too
Phone: 310 206-1320