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College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Advising & Student Resources


  • In-person and virtual appointments are available!
  • Drop-in advising will ONLY be offered via Zoom. No in-person drop-ins.
  • Virtual Fridays! Fridays will be all virtual, our physical space will not be open. We are available via zoom (10-12 & 2-4) and email.


First Year Students (not transfers): Visit the Mustang Success Center (first year advising)

Incoming Transfer Students: Welcome! We are excited for you to join us! You will register for Fall classes on Aug 15th. We will help you prepare at Transfer SLO Days. Please read more about preparing for fall and keep checking your Cal Poly email for detailed and timely information. We are unable to provide personalized advising until AFTER your transfer evaluation is complete, mid July - early Aug. You will get an email when this is completed. While we will prepare you for registration during Transfer SLO Days, some appointments will be available before and after for additional support. Again, keep checking your Cal Poly email for more information. See you soon!

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Phone: 805-756-6200

Location: Building 47, Room 22B

CLA ZOOM Drop-in Advising:

For quick questions and planning one quarter

Spring 2022 Hours: Monday - Friday 10am-12pm & 2-4pm
Closed Monday May 30th
Hours will be extended for first week and registration:
Monday - Friday 9am-12pm & 1-4pm 
Week 1: March 28, Monday - Friday 9am-12pm & 1-4pm
Weeks 8 & 9: May 16-20, 23-27, plus Tuesday May 31st 
Summer 2022 Hours: 
Mon/Wed 10am-12pm
Tue/Thurs 2-4pm
No Friday Drop-ins

Click to enter our drop-in waiting room!


Schedule an Appointment with a CLA Advisor:


Any Available Advisor



Schedule with a Specific CLA Advisor:

Sabrina Canady

Katie Harris

Alejandra CLA Advising Alec Koehler

Sabrina Canady

Lead Academic Advisor

LAES Advisor


Katie Harris

Academic Advisor


Alejandra Cebreros

Multicultural Academic Advisor

Hablo Español


Alec Koehler

Academic Advisor

Hablo Español



Kate Murphy
Kate Murphy

Schedule a Meeting with the CLA Associate Dean for Student Success

CLA Associate Dean for Student Success, Kate Murphy, is also available to meet with students. Dr. Murphy is an advocate for students who typically works with returning students, those in disqualified (DQ) status, and those navigating difficult, complex, or sensitive situations. You can also email her with questions and concerns directly at



Zoom-in Office Hour with Dean Williams

Drop-in Office Hour with the CLA Dean

Every Thursday beginning 9/23

Starting Sept. 23, Dean Williams will be holding special "Drop-in on the Dean" hours at 10 to 11 a.m. every Thursday, alternating between virtual and in-person sessions. 

Sept. 23 will be virtual, Sept. 30 will be in the CLA Dean's Office (Bldg. 47, Room 31), and the following weeks will alternate in that order.

Watch for an email every Thursday morning with more information, including the zoom link for virtual sessions. 

Students are also welcome to email Dean Williams any time with questions and concerns directly at 


College of Liberal Arts Advising Center

We encourage students to meet with an academic advisor at least once a year to ensure good progress towards earning your degree. Professional advisors and peer advisors in the CLA Advising Center can help students with a wide range of topics, including:


Scholarships Offered by the College of Liberal Arts

The CLA has scholarship opportunities for both incoming students and currently enrolled students. Individual departments also offer scholarships specific to their major(s). See the department websites for more information about department or major-specific scholarships.

For information on general CLA scholarships, please email the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office.

Participate in the Student CSU Research Competition

The CSU Student Research Competition promotes excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the California State University. Cash prizes are awarded. The CLA can help you prepare your submission. 

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