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Academic Services and Campus Life

University Opportunities for Students

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Advisement Centers on Campus

CSULB is committed to student success. University undergraduate academic advising services and academic departments are responsible for providing academic direction for new and continuing students. In addition, academic departments provide academic advising for graduate students.

Undergraduate advisors, both in advising service offices and in academic departments, assist students to develop educational plans that are compatible with students' interests, academic preparation, and educational and career goals.

While advising offices mainly provide information and advise about general education, academic departments advise students about their major requirements and other important academic issues.

Lists of faculty advisors, their locations and phone numbers appear each semester in the Schedule of Classes. Faculty advisors also provide academic advisement and information about minors, certificates, internships, and masters programs. Students are advised to check with advisors for current and relevant information.

The following listings are of advising services that provide general advising for students. Some are for students in special programs. All are eager to assist students.

University Center for Undergraduate Advising

The University Center for Undergraduate Advising (formerly the Academic Advising Center) is located in the Horn Center, Room 103. For hours and appointments, call (562) 985-4837. Visit for information.

The Center provides services to the general University undergraduate student population including both traditional and non-traditional students.

The Center provides one-on-one advisement year round for entering, continuing and transfer students, workshops for transfer, adult reentry and graduating senior students; academic information for prospective CSULB students; total academic program planning for entering and continuing students; unofficial Degree Audits for continuing students; General Education advising for continuing and returning students; information, advisement and special evaluation services to adult reentry students; mandatory freshman workshops for second- and third-semester class registration; assistance and information with and for the academic appeals process; academic probation/disqualification intervention services to high-risk students (in the "Strategies for Academic Success" program and in one-on-one sessions); and special advisement services to undeclared and pre-majors.

Learning Alliance

The Learning Alliance is located in LA4-202. For information contact the Learning Alliance at (562) 985-7804, visit, or e-mail

The CSULB Learning Alliance is an academic program for students who seek an active, personalized college experience. It is designed to help first-time freshmen make a positive academic and social transition to CSULB. This academic learning community offers students a chance to take classes together, learn from challenging instructors and establish closer ties to CSULB through campus involvement. Students qualify for the program based upon English test scores (SAT, ACT, AP, and/or EPT) and their desire to become part of a community that enables them to make well-informed choices about majors and career/life goals. Each fall, the Learning Alliance accepts approximately 200 first-time freshmen to the program, which is open to all majors both declared and undeclared. During their first year, students enroll in two connected general education classes in the fall and spring where faculty members work together to integrate course subject matter. During each semester of the sophomore year, students maintain their involvement with the program through Community Involvement as well as an option for a leadership course. As a result of their in-class connections, students have opportunities to make new friends and form study groups. Alliance juniors and seniors continue their association with the program by accessing resources that prepare them for graduation and life after college.

Specific benefits for Learning Alliance students include personalized academic advisement, guaranteed general education courses, support from professional staff members, courses with student-centered professors, opportunities for campus involvement, and access to the Alliance student lounge and computer lab.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Educational Equity Services

Educational Equity Services is located in Liberal Arts (LA) 1-119. The telephone number is (562) 985-5637. Students are seen by appointment. Educational Equity Services has two advising components:

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a state funded program that has developed special services to help students overcome the obstacles that may prevent them from furthering their education and reaching their potential. Students who are interested in being considered for EOP must declare their intentions on the University application at the time they apply to the University. Visit for information.

The Student Support Services Program (SSSP)

The Student Support Services Program (SSSP) is a federally funded program designed to assist students in achieving their maximum potential in higher education. Students are referred to SSSP by faculty, staff, and students of CSULB. Interested students apply directly to the program for participation. In addition to an academic need, one of the following must apply for a student to be eligible for SSSP services: low income and first generation college students; physically disabled and/or learning disabled; low income only; first generation only.

Students should check with SSSP regarding their eligibility for program participation.

Services provided to program participants include financial aid assistance; orientation to college—helping students adjust to the college environment; academic advising—guidance with graduation requirements, major and course selection; individual counseling; peer advising; tutorial and supplemental instruction assistance covering a wide range of courses; career counseling; probation intervention; Writing Proficiency Examination workshops; and graduate placement information.

Global Learning Options for a Broader Education (GLOBE)

The GLOBE Program is located in Brotman Hall, Room 201. Call (562) 985-5585 for information or visit

The GLOBE Program is an academic program for first-time freshmen who are interested in international issues and who wish to have at least one study abroad experience during their undergraduate career at CSULB. This small learning community enrolls approximately fifty new freshman students each fall and offers an integrated curriculum of foundation and content area courses focused on global themes. The curriculum includes written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, literature, the arts, and social sciences. Students are recruited at SOAR each summer based on interest. Students receive paired courses for the first year, academic advising throughout their undergraduate career, assistance in selecting a major, and study abroad advising.

College of Health and Human Services Academic Advising and Resource Center (AARC)

Located in the Human Services and Design (HS&D) building, suite 117, the CHHS Academic Advising and Resource Center (AARC) provides comprehensive advising for all CHHS discipline majors. For information and appointments students are encouraged to call 562-985-2691 and/or visit, or e-mail Students who are currently enrolled, returning to the university, or considering enrolling at CSULB are welcome to make individual appointments and/or attend small group workshops. AARC advisors are able to provide the following services: comprehensive academic planning; schedule planning; transfer assistance: degree substitutions and waivers; assistance with academic probation, disqualification, and academic appeals; degree audits; and graduation checks. CHHS disciplines covered at the center include: Athletic Training, Child Development and Family Studies, Communicative Disorders, Consumer Affairs, Exercise Science, Family and Consumer Sciences, Fashion Merchandising and Design, Fitness, Food Science, Health Care Administration, Health Science, Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management, Kinesiology,Kinesiotherapy, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Studies, Radiation Therapy, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Social Work, Sport Psychology and Coaching.

College of Engineering Recuitment and Retention Center

The College of Engineering Recruitment and Retention Center is located in the Engineering Computer Science (ECS) building, Room 115. An additional office for advising overload is located in the Vivian Engineering Center (VEC), Room 136. For information, see the Web site: or call (562) 985-1800 or e-mail

Mission Statement

To inform, engage, and encourage students to be self-directed in their educational planning process and overall academic success.

The Center serves as the first point of contact for prospective and/or returning Engineering students by providing academic guidance beginning with the application process to full matriculation. The Center’s primary charge is to assist prospective students of Engineering into CSULB through admissions advising, orientation, and career explorations. Although its major effort is directed toward the engagement of first-time freshman and transfer students, it also offers counseling services to students who are on or approaching academic probation. It continues to be active in the recruitment of students into the College by collaborative participation with many campus offices and departments, California Community Colleges, and local secondary schools. The Center also handles admission inquiries and pre-screens graduate and post-baccalaureate applications prior to the review phase at the department level.

E-FIRST (Engineering Freshman Intervention and Retention Success through Tracking)

First-year freshmen students are assisted in their transition from high school to the academic rigors of an Engineering degree via the learning community model. Mandatory individualized advising, academic plan and career goal setting, as well as guidance on a number of personal decision making and trouble-shooting issues of immediate concern are provided. Students are required to enroll in a number of Engineering foundation courses designed to promote success during the first year. These include: Engineering-specific UNIV 100, ENGR 101, ENGR 102, and a discipline-specific course (selected from: ChE 100, CE/CEM 101, CECS 105, EE 200, ET 101, MAE 101A, MAE 101B).

Engineering Early Identification and Monitored Probation Program

A comprehensive and multi-component program aimed at identifying and providing early intervention to students who are on or approaching academic probation. In addition to helping students determine causes behind academic failure, intensive and intrusive counseling, combined with general advising, help students reach their academic potential.

Project Women 40

Project Women 40 aims to increase the number of women in Engineering to 40%. Through a variety of approaches, this program extends three major goals: 1) outreach to female students at the K-12 level, 2) recruitment of female students at the community college, and 3) retention of female students currently enrolled in Engineering major programs. Each currently enrolled student will be paired with a female student mentor from the local chapter of SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and introduced to a faculty mentor in their respective discipline.

MESA Engineering Program (MEP)

The MEP office is located in Engineering 2, Room 300. For information, call MEP at (562) 985-8014.

The MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement) Engineering Program (MEP) provides academic advisement for general education to low-income and educationally disadvantaged students in all of the engineering disciplines: Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Electrical, Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering. The MEP staff work with engineering department advisors to provide current information on engineering course requirements.

Academic advisement is available in the MEP center by appointment and on a walk-in basis.

Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (SAS)

The Jensen SAS Center is located in Faculty Office Building 5, Room 109 (FO5-109). For information check the Web site or call (562) 985-4682.

The Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (SAS) encourages and supports undergraduate and graduate students as they prepare for careers in the sciences and/or mathematics. There are many programs that combine to make up SAS. Two programs in particular which relate to academic advising are Science Safari to Success and EONS (Enrollment Orientation to the Natural Sciences and Mathematics). Science Safari and EONS are orientation programs for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. These programs welcome students to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics by providing resources, academic advising, an overview of career opportunities and degree programs, research opportunities, peer mentoring, and access to appropriate courses for students majoring in the sciences and/or mathematics.

Bickerstaff Academic Center for Student-Athlete Services

Bickerstaff Academic Center is located in the Physical Education Building, PE-1, Room 67. Students may call (562) 985-4777 for more information.

Bickerstaff Academic Center (BAC) provides support services for the NCAA Division I student-athletes. The BAC staff provide total advisement on academic program planning to meet CSULB graduation requirements and NCAA eligibility requirements, appropriate course suggestions to meet general education and major requirements, and assistance in the identification and clarification of educational and vocational goals. BAC actively monitors student-athlete academic progress and provides referrals to various campus support services to enhance their academic performance.

BAC coordinates three support programs. The Student-Athlete Success Program (SASP), a new academic support program in BAC, is committed to providing 49er student-athletes with tools and resources needed to succeed in the competitive academic environment. Support services include college readiness assessment, college survival study skills seminars, walk-in individual and group tutorials, supervised study hall, individual learning strategist assistance, support service referrals, and a computer access lab.

HEADS UP! is a program in which student-athlete peer mentors assist first-year student-athletes in adjusting to the demands of both intercollegiate athletics and university academics. It also provides the opportunity for freshmen and new transfer student-athletes to participate in transitional support programs designed to capitalize on the student-athletes' athletic skills, while learning to transfer those skills to the classroom. HEADS UP! promotes involvement in university life and personal academic and athletic competence.

Faculty/Athlete Connection Program (FACP) pairs student-athletes with distinguished faculty mentors. These faculty mentors can assist student-athletes in a variety of areas including academic assistance, major advisement, and career networking.