Welcome Muir Families!
Academic advising guides and empowers students with their academic planning, decision-making, and navigation of the campus. Students are still responsible for making the decision about their educational experiences; we are here to coach them, encourage them, and support them when they need more information, are facing indecision, or experiencing self-doubt.
Students can access us in a multitude of ways: through appointments, walk-in sessions, the virtual advising center, advising events, and the support of trained professional staff and peer advisors.
While our services are designed to reach students directly, this letter is intended to help you understand how we support not only your student’s UCSD journey, but also their family members, too. Included is a list of popular topics and resources. We believe family members who are in the know can benefit their student’s transition to college.
We hope this helps you understand what we do, how we can partner together, and how we can help keep your student on track for their degree.
Thank you for entrusting your student with us!
Doug Easterly, Dean of Advising
And the Muir Advising Staff
What can Advisors Help Students With?
- Choosing classes each quarter
- Deciding when and how to add or drop classes
- Understanding campus rules and regulations
- Connecting students to offices and resources
- Managing stress and confusion by helping students identify options to deal with stressors
- Customizing a four year plan: we recommend doing this spring of a student’s first year
Privacy Rights of Students (& Working Together)
- Based on the federal laws, state laws, and university policy, our campus does not release student data to families without express written permission of the student and the ability to verify the identity of the person requesting information
- We do not send home grades, confirm grades by phone, or meet with parents without the student present, but students can send PDF copies of their academic history (and grades) at any time
- However, we are always available to explain policies, discuss options, or go over general procedures, which may help you understand a situation, advocate for your student, or address problems as they come up
How to Reach Advising
Online Advising Resources
Enrolling in Classes
- August before their first year, the Office of the Registrar assigns students a random enrollment time
- How to Enroll in Classes
- Muir Advisors are available each quarter to discuss courses before and when students enroll
Research and Practical Experience
Finishing in Four Years
- Students must complete 45 units each year to reach 180 units required to graduate in four years.
- Students must follow the finish in four plans for their major to graduate in four years.
- If a student is going to need more than four years to graduate, they must set up a graduation plan and get it approved by their major and their college.
Some More Helpful Links
Goals for Each Year
As families, you can keep students on track by asking them if they have considered any of the following goals by the end of their first, second, third, or final year:
- Form study groups with other students.
- Improve grades with academic success programs
- Pass the Entry-Level Writing Requirement by the end of this year.
- Start identifying a major to pursue.
- In Spring Quarter, meet with advisors for a 4 year plan.
- Optional: Summer school after your first year to catch up on classes.
- Finish Muir College Writing Program 40 and 50 by the end of this year.
- Declare a major by the end of this year.
- Get to know their major advisor.
- Develop relationships with faculty.
- Use Career Services to start thinking about career or grad school
- Optional: Plan for Study Abroad.
- Optional: Summer school
- Review degree audit to make sure on track.
- Visit Career Services , start planning summer internships or jobs or talk to faculty about options for research.
- Optional: Study Abroad, either in the academic year or the summer.
- Optional: Use the summer for study abroad, internships, research, or jobs.
- Plan your final courses.
- Focus on research and internship experiences, maybe even for credit.
- Do a final degree check to avoid any problems.
- File for graduation by May 1.