Please review the handbook for up-to-date information.
We accept tour requests from visitors. Our general availability is M - F between 9-12 and 1-4. For visitors, to book an appointment in advance, please go online to ccs.ucsb.edu/visiting. Current CCS students are encouraged to stop by the Advising Office for drop-in questions. CCS also has programming during the Open House event each year in mid-April. Prospective and Admitted students are encouraged to participate in this event to learn more about specific programs and meet faculty and students.
Scheduling a meeting
If you would like to schedule an appointment over Zoom or by phone, please reserve a time with an advisor through the links listed below. Default appointments are currently 20 minutes. Be sure to include how you would prefer to be contacted for your appointment. If none of the times on Shoreline are convenient for you, please reach out to us via email!
Peer Advisors: email@example.com, or drop in! 9-12, 1-4
Heidi: make an appt
Other Advising Offices
You may also need to refer to other advising offices on campus. If you are double majoring or minoring in another College, refer to that college or department advisor for information pertaining to that major or minor.
Click on the department you’re looking for, and a link to the department website will be included at the top and can help you find the department's advisor.
CCS Forms & Petitions
Students are expected to submit college-specific forms based on the college in which they are enrolled. CCS students should not complete forms from the College of Letters and Science or the College of Engineering unless they are enrolled in a double major. Many CCS forms are available online, using the links. You must be logged into your UCSB email to see many of the following:
Late/Retroactive Changes (Drop/Add a Course) to Schedule (not dual college)
Permanent or Temporary Deficit Load Petition (international students contact OISS first)
For forms that apply to all students at UCSB, you can find the following forms online from the Registrar’s Office
Petition to Enroll in a Graduate Course You’ll need emails for the instructor of the course, and the chair of the department of the course is in.
Incomplete Grade Extension
Petitions for Readmission or Reinstatement
Dual College: Adding a Major or Minor
CCS students who add a major (this does not apply to minors) in L&S or CoE will have to complete the GE requirements from the second college. (Click here for L&S GE requirements. Click here for CoE GE requirements.) The courses taken to fulfill CCS GE requirements can also fulfill L&S/CoE GE requirements if they are on the other college’s pre-approved GE list.
Change-of-College (Major) Process
For students transferring from L&S or CoE, set up an online Change-of-College Meeting with Matt Herrera. Please set up an appointment with him using the Shoreline scheduling website. Appointments typically take 30-45 minutes, and will be conducted by Zoom. https://bit.ly/ccs-matt
Readmission (Returning for a Later Quarter)
Readmission is the process of a student coming back for a future quarter, after withdrawing or canceling a previous quarter. Reinstatement is also described on the same petition as readmission. Reinstatement applies to students who left CCS not in good academic standing (on probation or were academically dismissed). Students applying for reinstatement/readmission are required to write a letter addressed to the Dean of CCS. Please contact the Student Affairs Manager, or the student affairs office, to discuss this process ahead of time.
If you are returning and are in good academic standing, you do not need to write a letter addressed to the Dean before submitting your petition.
Make sure you’re in touch with your faculty advisor about your registration plans.
To return to registered status at UCSB and CCS, you will need to file for readmission.
Registrar’s website and forms: https://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/registration-enrollment/registration-enrollment/readmission-reinstatement
The paperwork should be filled out on Docusign and will be submitted to the Student Affairs Manager, or the student affairs office, for CCS’s review. It’s not a bad idea to let the Student Affairs Manager know when you’ve submitted the paperwork.
Transfer Coursework from Outside UCSB
If you have completed coursework outside of UCSB after you enrolled here as a first-year, you will need to submit your transcripts for review and processing to the UCSB Admissions Office. See the handbook for more details.
Also, please note that you must declare candidacy on GOLD in order for your degree to be finalized and awarded. Step-by-step instructions are posted on the Registrar’s website. The deadline to declare candidacy for a quarter is usually within the first two weeks of that quarter.
To graduate with a degree from UCSB, you must fulfill the following:
- Entry Level Writing Requirement (formerly Subject A)
- American History and Institutions Requirement
- Unit Requirement
- Academic Residency Requirements
- Three Term Requirement
- Academic Residency (35 of final 45)
- GPA Requirements
To see where your progress for these requirements, check on GOLD > Major & GE Progress Check. Students should check their Progress Check on GOLD to make sure they are meeting the minimum University requirements to graduate (180 units, ELWR, American History, and Ethnicity requirements, and a minimum 2.0 UC GPA.) If the only remaining requirements are the three outlined above, students can contact CCS staff or faculty advisors for any questions about their remaining requirements.
When CCS students look at their Major Progress Check on GOLD for a CCS degree objective, they will see three fields that are controlled by the College:
General Education Requirements
This field is manually updated by CCS advisors. It will not auto-populate unless a transfer student has earned an IGETC. It typically remains blank until a student graduates, but there are ways to check your progress:
- Stop by the office for staff advising to check your GEs in person.
- Talk to your faculty advisor when you do your quarterly check and update the blue sheet with appropriate GEs.
These can only be cleared once you have completely finished all of your major requirements. This includes receiving final grades and having any research requirements completed. Faculty advisors and staff advisors partner together to communicate a graduating senior’s status on these items. Completed Blue Sheets or other major check sheets help expedite the process of clearing students.
CCS Residency Requirement
Students are required to be enrolled in CCS for a minimum of 6 regular quarters. (See the CCS Student Handbook for elaboration.) GOLD will sometimes auto-calculate this, but sometimes it needs to be cleared manually.
Ordering a Finalized Transcript
Graduates can double-check if their official transcript will be considered “finalized” by looking at their unofficial transcript on GOLD. If your degree status says “Awarded,” you can go ahead and order your official transcript for its final destination.
• Registrar’s Instructions: How to Order a Transcript
• If Parchment gives you issues with ordering your transcript, you can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for help
Accessing the CCS Building
CCS students can access the building using their Access Card. To request an individual Access Card to be activated submit this Google Form. If you are not a CCS student, you can request building access only if you are enrolled in a CCS class.
Please lock up the building and turn off lights when you leave an empty room. Never propped doors, and please close them if you find them that way.
The front doors of the CCS building are unlocked from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Building hours are 7:30 am - 10 pm and access is through the electronic locks on the side entrances and the OLT entrance. Access to the building is a privilege that can be removed.
Room schedules are posted near each entrance, be mindful of scheduled classes or events when using a room.
With faculty permission or advisement, students can reserve rooms in CCS for clubs and academic-related activities. Visit the Advising office to inquire further.
Resources to help you handle emergencies and other tough situations.
If you or someone you know is in danger or needs immediate help, call 911.
If you have experienced sexual violence, sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or other Title IX-related prohibited behavior, resources are available to you. Please see the Full List of Campus & Community Resources for more information.
It is an unfortunate fact that some individuals become targets of hateful acts simply because others are intolerant of differences based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, age, or disability. The Bias Incident Response Team serves at the campus reporting point and can work with the impacted parties in coordinating a response.
What does confidential mean? See it outlined here.
- Counseling and Psychological Services
CAPS is a confidential service meaning mental health clinicians protect your privacy by not revealing what is talked about in sessions. All information disclosed within counseling sessions is confidential and may not be released to anyone other than health care providers at CAPS and Student Health Services (SHS) without your written permission except in certain situations.
- Office of the Ombuds
The Office of the Ombuds is a confidential resource for students to discuss any University-related concern. Talking with the ombuds is informal and "off the record," meaning by disclosing something to the office, a student is not officially notifying the University of the issue. The ombuds will listen to concerns, help clarify goals and interests, and help develop options to move forward. The ombuds may also make referrals to different offices on campus, coach a student on how to prepare for a difficult conversation, or help clarify UCSB procedures and policies.
- Campus, Advocacy, Resources, and Education
CARE is the Confidential advocacy and education office for interpersonal violence (sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking). We offer free and confidential services for students, staff, faculty, alumni, community members, and friends/loved ones impacted by interpersonal and gender-based violence and we provide violence prevention education for the entire UCSB campus.
The Student and Parent Liaison, located in the Dean of Students unit of the Office of Student Life, provides assistance to students and their families in emergencies or in times of crisis. Please contact the Student Parent Liaison by sending an email to email@example.com or call 805-893-4521
At UCSB, we know getting connected to the right resources isn't always easy. To help out, the Calfresh Advocates and Basic Needs Peer Advisors are ready to assist you with all aspects of your basic needs, including (but not limited to) food, finances, and housing. Got a question? Just ask an Advocate!
If you have received a notification from OSC, please follow the instructions denoted in your letter closely in order to schedule a meeting. The Office of Student Conduct is located in the Student Resource Building (SRB), on the second floor.
Financial Resources (Aid, Scholarships, Fellowships, etc.)
- Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
- CCS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
- CCS Travel Undergraduate Research Funds (TURF)
- Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities grants (URCA)
- Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP)
- Edison Scholars Research Scholarships
- Financial Crisis Response Team
- Associated Students/EOP Grant
- Basic Needs Resources
- UCSB Housing
- Career Services
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
- Disabled Students Program (DSP)
- Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)
- Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
- UCSB First-Gen Community
- McNair Scholars Program
- Non Traditional Student Resource Center
- University Children’s Center
- My Family Resources
- Student Health Services
- Women’s Center
- Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity
- Campus, Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE)
- Student Mental Health Coordination Services
- Office of the Ombuds
- Dean of Student Life Student-Parent Liaison
- Office of Student Conduct
- Bias Incident Reporting