Where do you go for academic advising?
There are many advising resources available for students here at SF State depending on your major and any affiliations to special programs (i.e. Metro, EOP, and athletics).
If you are a new student, advising and registration support for your first semester happens during New Student Orientation — Click HERE to sign up.
Academic counselors offer advising services both in-person and remotely.
➡︎ Start by clicking the button above to identify your advising location (a college resource center or appropriate office), and then go to the website for that location to determine the best way to access assistance. If you want to schedule an appointment, you can do so by logging into Navigator.
➡︎ After scheduling your appointment, you will receive an email confirmation that includes information about your appointment (in-person location or Zoom link for remote appointments).
✖︎ If there are no appointments available, please see that center's website for drop-in hours and other ways to access advising support.
Academic Advising Model
This section describes the campus-wide advising model beginning Fall 2020.
First-year Freshmen are students who start their college experience for the first time without taking any college coursework after graduating from high school. Academic counselors in the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) will advise you until the end of your first spring semester.
Fall Admitted Freshmen will work with academic counselors in the UAC for their first Fall and Spring semesters, after which they will transition to their specific college resource center for advising based on their currently declared major—otherwise, undeclared majors will continue with the UAC until they declare their major.
Spring Admitted Freshmen will work with academic counselors in the UAC only for the Spring semester, after which they will transition to their specific college resource center for advising based on their currently declared major—otherwise, undeclared majors will continue with the UAC until they declare their major.
IMPORTANT: All new incoming freshmen and transfer students will receive academic advising during orientation. Please register for orientation here if you have not signed up. We look forward to advising and supporting you at orientation.
Undeclared/Undecided majors—will work their assigned academic counselor in the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) until they declare their major. These counselors will periodically reach out to you via email to invite you to opportunities for assistance with major exploration and course planning.
Continuing Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors - You are declared in a major or pre-major and therefore seek advising services through the College Resource Center affiliated with your major. Find your College Resource Center, the services they provide and their contact information below.
Schedule your appointment with this link if you know the appropriate advising office for your class level and major—if you do not, please find your major/college in the section below.
Academic College Resource Centers
The college resource centers listed below are for Sophomore, Junior, Senior students (and Freshmen after their first spring semester) who are formally declared in a major or pre-major. Select the college below that is affiliated with your to declared major to learn about the services and how to contact your college resource center to address your advising needs.
The Lam Family College of Business Student Success Center
Phone: (415) 405-3531
Servicing the following majors...
The Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State is a leading institution of business education in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an emphasis on preparing students to succeed in an economy that is global in nature.
Our commitment to sustainable business, diversity, social justice, and global partnerships echoes our core philosophy of responsible leadership. As one of the top-ranked public universities, we have been recognized worldwide for our investments in diversity, social responsibility, and visionary academics.
Our Graduate Business Programs, conveniently located at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus in the heart of San Francisco, prepares leaders for careers in the growing innovative industries of the dynamic Bay Area and global marketplace.
Business Administration is the largest undergraduate major at San Francisco State. Approximately 20 percent of the undergraduate students major in business administration. The college confers about 1,200 undergraduate degrees and 225 graduate degrees each year.
Servicing the following majors:
The College of Ethnic Studies was established in Fall 1969 through the efforts of dedicated students, faculty, and community members. The four departments and one program — Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, American Indian Studies, and Race and Resistance Studies - offer over 175 courses each semester to meet the needs of 6000 students. Our curriculum assists students to complete their general education; pursue a personal interest in ethnic studies; teach subjects in elementary, secondary, community, and college-level institutions; or critically inform their professional and vocational skills in areas such as business, social welfare, law, and medicine.
The ethnic studies field is unique as an educational experience that redefines the lives of people of color from their own perspectives. This is implemented through the cooperative efforts of students, faculty, and members of the community invested in meaningful education who provide resources and curricula to the university and the community at large.
Our curriculum fosters both a comprehensive understanding of the unique experiences of American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, and Latina/Latinos in the United States and intersectional analysis amongst the different communities.
Servicing the following majors...
At the College of Health & Social Sciences, students develop their ability to make a significant, meaningful impact on their communities and society. Through classroom learning and practical experience, they receive professional preparation in a variety of fields promoting health, well-being, and quality of life.
The College comprises a wide range of departments, programs, and schools with a shared commitment to equity and social justice. Students from our college can be found all over San Francisco — in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, governmental agencies, corporations, and other settings — translating knowledge into action to improve lives on multiple fronts. For example, our students work in health screening clinics making sure children and the elderly have access to flu shots; they work with the formerly incarcerated to help them re-enter society; and they put together makeshift workout centers in parks where families can exercise for free.
Servicing the following majors...
The mission of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts is to inspire the next generation of thinkers, makers, and doers. Our programs span the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as the interstices between disciplines. As scholars and artists, advocates, and practitioners, our faculty work at the intersection of education and community; they engage diverse bodies of knowledge, connecting learning and application to the broader society. Our students develop the ability to find patterns in data, speak confidently in public settings, write effectively, and to think critically and ethically. Students in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts listen to the world, find their voices, and envision a just future.
Servicing the following majors...
The College of Science & Engineering offers students supportive academic experiences of thinking, learning, and doing by providing them with engaging instructional programs, research-enriched experiences, and inspiration to participate in and lead the workforce of the future.
The College of Science & Engineering envisions an environment that reflects the ethnic, economic, and cultural diversity of the region; develops the intellectual capability, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving ability of our students to prepare them for the future workforce, while also increasing the scientific literacy of all graduates of San Francisco State University to pave their way for success in a world that is influenced by rapidly changing technologies.
Graduate College of Education TEACH (The Education Advising Community Hub)
Phone: (415) 405-4123
Servicing the following undergraduate major...
The GCOE develops transformative and visionary educators, clinicians, and leaders for social justice, to effect change for good across the Bay Area and beyond, and to create an engaged, and productive democracy. Together we do the work necessary to understand and welcome all; prepare equity-focused, caring, and highly skilled professionals; to identify and dismantle racist, ableist, and oppressive systems; and to build an equitable and accessible present and future.
The College of Extended Learning at San Francisco State University (SF State) offers a wide variety of continuing adult education courses and programs to prepare you for career advancement, career change, or personal growth. We offer nationally acclaimed curricula and faculty; weekend, evening, and online courses; plus access to thousands of transferable degree-credit University classes.
University-Wide Advising Support
This section lists additional campus-wide academic advising offices.
The Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC)
Phone: (415) 338-2101
Email: If you are a first-year freshman or undeclared student, you should contact your assigned counselor directly.
Please go to our website to find our drop-in advising times and other services offered.
Servicing the following populations:
Services provided for:
The Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) is the home base for freshmen during their first year and undeclared students at SF State. While the UAC is entirely virtual due to COVID-19, our academic counselors are ready to support your path at SF State.
Services provided for: first-year freshmen and all undeclared students
Drop-in appointments are available for "quick questions" that can be answered in 15 minutes or less: general education, non-major graduation requirements, graduation check, First Year English and math, University policy, and procedures.
Scheduled Appointments are offered for topics that may require a little more time: choosing a major/major exploration, academic probation, students changing to undeclared, B.A. Special Major and returning undeclared students.
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.
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
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 connection to the field in which they teach.
Services provided for: prospective students and students declared in major or pre-major
Services offered: Major advising, probation, signatures for petitions and graduation applications
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.