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Academic Advising Services - Summer 2024

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Eighth College Academic Advising Office Location:

Podemos, 2nd Floor Administrative Offices


Virtual Advising Center (VAC)/Ask a Question

Contact Eighth College Academic Advisors via the "Ask a Question" function in the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

Available to students 24/7 to submit advising questions, you'll receive a reply during normal business hours: Monday-Friday I 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Questions submitted on weekends or University holidays will be answered starting the next business day in the order they were received.

You will be notified via UC San Diego email that you've received a reply. You need to log into your Virtual Advising Center (VAC) account to view the message. To sign up for a text message alert, log into your Virtual Advising Center (VAC) account and click on "Preferences." 

Drop-In Advising - Available Starting June 17, 2024

Drop-ins allow students to meet with an Eighth College Academic Advisor for a 15-minute period to assist with quick academic related questions.

During our weekly drop-in hours we will have both in-person and remote (via Zoom) options available.

Standard Drop-In Hours:

  • Tuesdays - 1:30 to 3:30 PM (In-person and Remote)
  • Wednesdays - 1:30 to 3:30 PM (Remote Only)
Go to the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) and click on Meet with Advisor, select Eighth College, and check out more details on the types of questions we can cover in drop-ins and how to access.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Advising Appointments - Starting June 17, 2024

Advising appointments allow students to meet with an Eighth College Academic Advisor for a pre-scheduled 30-minute period to assist with academic related questions that may a longer discussion or more in-depth advising.

The 30-minute pre-scheduled advising appointment sessions are available in-person or remote via Zoom for academic topics that require more in-depth advising such as: Long-Term Academic Planning, Exploring Majors (declaring or changing a major), Academic Performance Conerns, or Withdrawing.

Eighth College will faciliate advising appointments during Summer 2024 remotely via Zoom. or Undeclared Students Appointments may be scheduled either in-person and remotely (via Zoom).

To schedule an appointment, go to the Virtual Advising Center (VAC), and click on "Meet with Advisor," select "Eighth College" and follow the instructions to set-up an appointment.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Long-Term Academic Planning

To develop a long-term academic plan with an Eighth College Academic Advisor, follow the instructions below.

  1. Review and your degree audit (TritonLink)
  2. Use the Academic Planning Worksheet to draft your personalized academic plan
  3. Meet with your department/program advisor to add/modify required major coursework
  4. Schedule an appointment with an Eighth College Academic Advisor via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) to finalize your plan
If you need help getting started with the process, we'd be happy to talk you through things during a Drop-In Advising session.

Academic Forms and Petitions

Send your completed forms or petitions (and supporting documentation if applicable) to Eighth College Academic Forms and Petitions Submission System.

If you are petitioning a Breadth Requirement, be sure to include a course description on your Undergraduate Student Petition and attach a syllabus. Petitions to satisfy requirements non-Eighth College requirements, must be submitted to the relevant academic department or program.

Major/Career Exploration Resources

  • Alternatives to Selective & Screened Majors: If you did not get into one of UC San Diego's selective majors, fear not! There are opportunities to apply as a continuing student, and there are great alternatives for most majors! Check out this handy guide of alternatives to selective majors for you to explore your options. 
  • Computing Paths: Interested in studying computing? UC San Diego provides a wide array of majors (not only Computer Science) that offer students a unique computing experience. 
  • Exploring Academic Interests: If you're not rock solid on your major choice (and even if you are), know that your major or minor does not dictate your path or what a successful next step looks like for you. You control your adventure! If you're looking for somewhere to start, explore traditional professions and paths by academic interest. 
  • Health Beat at the Career Center: If you're interested in pre-health/pre-med fields, explore health professions and prepare for the application process through participation in events, workshops, and pre-health advising (including information on med/graduate school pre-requisites) through the Health Beat program.