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Academic Advising

Because CSULB has moved all classes online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, Engineering Student Success Center Advising has transitioned advising online, including drop-ins, individual appointments, and group advising workshops.

All academic advising will be held via Zoom (available in single sign on). Before joining the Zoom session, make sure you have access to a computer with an enabled microphone. If you don't have access to a computer, you may join the session by calling the number below. If you need assistance installing Zoom, please review the installation instructions.

Scheduling an Advising Appointment:

  • One-on-One advising appointments can still be scheduled via EAB, but will be held via Zoom.
  • If you already had an appointment scheduled, your advisor will email you requesting a Zoom meeting.
  • When making a new appointment, please select Online - Academic Advising under the services option.
  • Your advisor will email you details about how to access the appointment through Zoom.
  • Be sure to check your CSULB student email.
  • On the day and time of your appointment, go to the email and click the link or enter the meeting ID to join the Zoom meeting. If you don’t have access to a computer, there will be a phone number provided to call into the meeting.
  • When your appointment begins, you will be in a virtual meeting with your academic advisor.

Email Advising:

  • Email your questions to
  • Be sure to use your official CSULB student email account and include your student ID#.
  • Due to FERPA guidelines, we can't respond to emails sent from personal email accounts or without a valid student ID#.

Drop-in Advising Hours: 

  • Academic Advisors are available to answer quick questions during a 5-10 minute Zoom session.
  • Join a Zoom drop-in advising session at 
  • If you don’t have access to a computer, call 669.900.6833 to join. 
  • Meeting ID: 725-955-812 

Drop-in advising is available:

  • Mondays and Thursdays 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon

Freshman Mandatory Advising: 

  • Complete the online module by Friday, April 3 to review major requirements and online advising tools and plan a tentative Fall 2020 schedule. 
  • Upon completion, advisors will evaluate course selections and remove advising holds. 

Thank you for your patience as we do our best to serve as many students as possible during this unique time.

The ESSC Academic Advising Office in EN2-304A provides the advice and support that is essential to helping students achieve their educational goals. The ESSC Advising Office provides assistance with:

  • Pre-major advisement
  • Academic programs and resources
  • General Education advising
  • MyCSULB's Degree Planner, Academic Requirements Reports, and other CSULB documents
  • Academic policies and procedures, including the Rules to Degree Progress
  • Prospective student advising and application processes
  • Academic interventions and success strategies
  • Referral to other campus resources
Academic Advising Staff
Advisors James Stasher, Helen Yohannes, and Tu Ngo, left to right, are joined by assistant Judy Wilke and Advising Associate Director Jason Deutschman.


Freshmen Students

The home base for all engineering freshmen needs, the ESSC Academic Advising Office makes sure students transition smoothly from high school and start their engineering careers at CSULB on the right path.

Success in engineering is often determined by aptitude in math and science. To ensure success, the College of Engineering's Rules to Degree Progress requires all engineering students to complete important gateway courses within one calendar year (i.e. Calculus and Physics).

The advising office begins preparing freshmen for engineering at Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR), and coordinates all Fall and Spring semester Mandatory Freshmen Advising activities. Academic advisors are also active in the Freshmen Engineering Experience courses, ENGR 101 and ENGR 102.

Mandatory Freshmen Advising

All CSULB freshmen are required to receive Mandatory Freshman Advising during their first and second semester at CSULB. Mandatory Freshmen Advising for Pre-Engineering students consists of advising workshops organized by major. Pre-Engineering students must attend a freshman advising workshop facilitated by the ESSC Academic Advising Office in order to have their advising hold lifted. Students are required to prepare for a workshop by consulting the following advising tools: Academic Requirements Report, Degree Planner and Major Roadmap or Flowchart.

The 60-minute Pre-Major Advising Workshops cover:

  • General Education (GE) and Major Requirements
  • Major Specific Declaration Requirements
  • MyCSULB advising and scheduling tools (Degree Planner, Schedule Planner, etc.)
  • Spring course planning and selection
  • Campus resources

Mandatory Transfer Advising

All CSULB transfer students must receive Mandatory Transfer Advising during their first semester at CSULB. During this advising session, students meet their faculty advisor, learn about their program's requirements, discuss transfer credits, and develop semester-by-semester graduation plans. Engineering transfer students must meet with their undergraduate faculty advisor in order to satisfy Mandatory Transfer Advising requirements and have their registration hold lifted. Please check MYCSULB for other holds and enrollment appointment dates/times.

Continuing Students

In the College of Engineering, meeting regularly with your faculty advisor is recommended in order to stay on track with major and degree-completion requirements.

Advisors can provide:

The advisor in your chosen major provides advisement from sophomore year through graduation, including:

  • Assessment of degree progress and graduation status
  • Substitutions and waivers
  • Credit/No Credit signatures
  • Change of major approval

To prepare for your advisor meeting:

  • Download an updated copy of your Academic Requirements Report (be sure to click on "Expand All") and/or Degree Planner.
  • Prepare a list of questions.
  • Review available classes beforehand on MyCSULB.
  • Assemble your records in one file.