COVID-19 UPDATE: Our office is closed to in-person appointments and walk-in advising at this time due to COVID-19.

Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs offers advising through email, online chat and scheduled appointments via Zoom. Please read through the information below to determine which form of advising best works for you. Please only pursue one advising route at a time, so that we can efficiently and effectively answer all student inquiries in a timely manner. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Types Best For... Availability Who You Meet With

Live Chat

Quick, general questions

Weeks 1-10

Peer Academic Advisors and Academic Advisors

Email Advising

Straightforward, general questions

Response within 24-48 business hours

Peer Academic Advisors and Academic Advisors

Virtual Front Desk

Quick, general questions

Weeks 2-10

Peer Academic Advisors and Academic Advisors

Scheduled Appointment via Zoom

More complicated issues or questions

Weeks 2-10

Academic Advisor (can request a specific advisor)


Please Note: Student are encouraged to visit this page frequently, as our advising methods during this remote period is subject to change.

  Week 4 Schedule 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Live Chat
1:00pm - 3:15pm

Virtual Front Desk
9:30am - 10:45am

Live Chat
9:00am - 10:45am

Virtual Front Desk
2:00pm - 3:15pm




Available beginning Week 1 each quarter.

For quick questions requiring a more immediate response, chat is the best option. You will need to provide your full name and UCI ID number to communicate with a Social Sciences' Academic Advisor.

Examples of questions that are best for chat:

  • Can I take this course as Pass/No Pass?
  • When is the deadline to drop a class?
  • Why can't I add this class?

To chat with an Academic Advisor during scheduled hours Click Here 



Our Virtual Front Desk allows you to meet with a School of Social Sciences academic advisor via Zoom for general advising questions, scheduling issues, degree requirements, referrals, questions regarding school policies and procedures, and scheduling appointments (if needed).  

Available beginning Week 2 each quarter through Week 10.

To add yourself to the virtual front desk queue during scheduled hours, which will place you in a virtual line to meet with an advisor, please proceed with the following steps:

  1. Please fill out the virtual front desk request form Click Here NOTE: This form is only available during front desk hours and will not accept responses outside of these hours.
  2. Once the form is completed, you will be provided with the Zoom link to join the waiting room. It is best to join the Zoom waiting room as soon as you can, so you can keep your place in the virtual line.
  3. While you wait to speak with an advisor, make sure your name on your UCI Zoom account matches your full name (first and last name) listed on your UCI student record.
  4. When it is your turn, an advisor will allow you into the main Zoom room (please have your camera on) and we will assist you.

Be advised that there will be increased wait times at the beginning of the quarter, as well as during the enrollment period. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Students will be seen one-on-one on a first-come, first-serve basis. 



If you have just a few straightforward questions for an advisor, email is a great way to get the information you need!

You can expect a response from an advisor within 48 business hours. However, this may be delayed during busier times in the quarter. Thank you for your patience.

Examples of questions that can be asked via email:

  • What do you think about this tentative course schedule?
  • Can you help me decide how many units I should take?
  • How many courses do I have remaining for my major?
  • Have you received my IGETC? 

Please email our office at OR email ONE academic advisor. Emails that seem to be sent to multiple advisors will be deleted.

Please be sure to include all relevant information in your email and state your question(s) as clearly and concisely as possible to allow for an accurate and thorough response.

Email Tips:

  • Always include your full name and UCI ID number in your email.
  • Use your UCI email address (for all UCI correspondence). To protect your privacy, many UCI offices (including us!) will only respond to messages from UCI email accounts.
  • Be clear and concise. Try to keep your email messages brief. 
  • Be professional. Treat emails as a formal communication - do not use text messaging abbreviations, slang, etc.
  • Please only email ONE advisor in our office. Also, if you have multiple questions, collect your thoughts and write one email, instead of multiple emails.
  • Be patient and flexible. We will respond as soon as we can to your email. Please keep in mind that some advising issues may require more time to be resolved.



Our PAAs are available for any quick questions you may have about Social Sciences' policies, majors/minors, change of major, general education, degree requirements, course scheduling, as well as provide informative workshops, and much more! Get to know our 2020-2021 PAAs and visit our PAA Page for more information and how you can connect with our wonderful PAAs!

Need a PAA when live chat and virtual front desk/drop-ins are not available? Feel free to contact them via email at

Connect with our PAAs on Facebook and Instagram!



20-minute scheduled appointments are intended for students with lengthier, more complex questions or scheduling issues that require more time with a full-time academic advisor than live chat will allow. Same day appointments are not available.

Please note appointments are only for students majoring in the School of Social Sciences. If you are interested in changing to or adding a major in Social Sciences, you can fill out a Change of Major Progress Request or email our Peer Academic Advisors at with your questions. Please view the Change of Major Requirements.

If your request is for a degree/progress check, no appointment is needed! You can submit a Degree Check Request and an advisor will email you a PDF of your progress via email within 4-7 business days.

Appointments start in Week 2 each quarter. We begin accepting appointment requests on Thursday of the previous week. We do not make appointments more than one week in advance.

Appointments are only available Tuesday through Friday 9:00am-11:00am and 1:30pm-3:30pm during Weeks 2-10 each quarter. Academic advisors may NOT available for appointments during our Live Chat and Virtual Front Desk. 

If you have more extensive issues, it would be best to schedule an appointment. To request a scheduled appointment, Click Here. After submitting the form, you will be contacted by our office within 2-4 business days. NOTE: This form is unavailable on weekends and holidays.

Please read the Zoom Appointment Guidelines prior to your scheduled appointment.

Please Note:  You don't need an appointment for the following: course petitions/substitutions, DegreeWorks updates, degree check requests, graduation application changes, letter requests, requests for prerequisite clearance, excess units, etc. Please refer to the Undergraduate Student Affairs FORMS page.


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