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Advising & Student Resources

Student Care Resources


  • Drop-in advising will ONLY be offered via Zoom. No in-person drop-ins.
  • In-person appointments available: Face covering and Green Campus Pass required.
  • 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)

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Email Quick Questions:

Phone: 805-756-6200

ZOOM Drop-in Advising:

For quick questions and planning one quarter

Fall 2021 Quarter Hours: Monday - Friday 10am-12pm & 2-4pm

Hours will be extended for first week and registration:

Week One: Sept 20-24, Monday - Friday 9am-12pm & 1-4pm

Week Seven & Eight: Nov 1-5 & 8-10 & 12, Monday - Friday 9am-12pm & 1-4pm (closed Thur Nov 11th)

Click to enter our drop-in waiting room!


Schedule an Appointment with an Advisor:


Any Available Advisor



Schedule with a Specific 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 Associate Dean for Student Success

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 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. 

College Connections Day: Friday, September 17th, 2021

Get to know your college during College Connections Day! College Connections is a time for new students to learn more about their colleges and connect with faculty, advisors, and key individuals in the Dean’s Office. All incoming students will be divided according to college and escorted to their respective college/department workshops, information sessions, etc. Registration is not required; exact activities, times, and locations vary by college. See a full list of CLA events here. 

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