Accessing Academic Advising @ SF State
Advising for Continuing & Former Students
Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC)
The UAC provides GE, major, and minor advising for all undergraduate students. Go to the UAC’s website for information about drop-in advising, appointments, and other advising services.
Faculty advisors support students in the areas of internships, research, and graduate school/career preparation, and can also assist with questions related to major/minor/certificate advising. Go to the college websites below for access to department websites, faculty advising information, and contacts.
- Lam Family College of Business
- College of Health & Social Science
- College of Liberal & Creative Arts
- Graduate College of Education
- College of Ethnic Studies
- College of Science & Engineering
Go to the "Advising Services" tab then click on "List of College Advising Teams by Major" section if you are unsure which college houses the major/minor/certificate you are interested in.
Advising for Newly Admitted Students
Students that are entering SF State from high school or are transferring from institutions of higher education will first gain access to academic advising through our New Student Orientation sessions provided by the office of New Students & Family Programs.
Next Steps for new students:
- Accept Admissions Offer
- Set up an SFSU email account
- Set up two-factor authentication
- Review Financial Aid options
- Sign up and attend Orientation
- Submit final transcripts and test scores
Schedule your Zoom or in-person academic advising appointment with this link.
Other Advising Resources
For over 50 years, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at SF State has improved access and retention of historically underserved (low income, first generation college) students by facilitating their matriculation into the university and by providing a support system for their success.
The Educational Opportunity & Pathway Programs (EOPP) provide comprehensive and holistic services designed to provide participants with outreach, admissions, academic, and financial support. Participants receive on-going advising, tutoring, peer mentoring, and developmental workshops designed to increase retention and graduation rates.
Services provided for: EOP students only — (California residents and eligible AB 540 students who meet the income eligibility index and are a first generation college student can apply for EOP).
Services offered: Advising, mentoring, tutoring, workshops and scholarships
Gator Smart Start partners with local high schools, incoming students, and current SF State Gators and SF State staff to ensure students excel in their English composition (writing) and quantitative reasoning (math) courses.
Services offered and provided: Advising support for local high school students, incoming freshmen taking Early Start, and continuing students completing their first-year English composition and quantitative reasoning coursework.
Informational support for staff members and faculty at local high schools and within SF State.
The Metro College Success Program (Metro) is a two-year learning community of two courses each semester that share themes such as social justice, education equity, community health, or ethnic studies. Metro courses satisfy general education requirements for all majors at SF State, so you can go on to complete your bachelor’s degree in any major. Metro students receive individualized tutoring, advising, and support. Metro students also develop strong academic skills. They learn to write and speak with confidence and power, master mathematical concepts, and think critically about real-world issues.
Adjusting to college can be challenging. Learning in a small, supportive community of students and faculty can help you thrive throughout your first two years and through to graduation. Metro’s goal is to help you graduate in a timely manner and gain the skills you need to succeed in college and find a meaningful career.
Services provided for: Any incoming first-year student (students can apply to Metro for either the fall or spring semesters of their freshman year)
Services offered: Small learning communities, dedicated instructors, one-on-one support from a dedicated academic advisor, tutoring
- Business Academy
- Education Academy
- Ethnic Studies Academy
- Health Academy
- Liberal & Creative Arts Academy
- STEM - Biology Academy
- STEM - Engineering & Computer Science Academy
The mission of the Athletic Department at SFSU is to provide a broad-based NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics program that fosters the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of student-athletes.
Services provided for: SF State Athletes
Services offered: Quiet study area, updated computer lab reserved specifically for student-athletes, mandatory one-on-one general education advising, personal and/or career counseling, tutorial services (collaboration with campus tutorial offices), priority registration for current active athletes
Phone: (415) 338-3320
Location: GYM 2nd Floor
Faculty advisors are experts in a selected major and/or minor. They are professors and researchers with a detailed understanding of major requirements and connections to the field in which they teach.
Services are provided for: students declared in majors, minors, or certificate programs.
Services offered: Major/minor/certificate advising, course substitutions and exceptions, internships/research, and graduate/career preparation.
Major departments will list on the department website the faculty advisors and office hours for advising. Your department may assign you to an advisor or you can choose an advisor.