How to Schedule an Appointment with an Advisor
To make an appointment please come in during our regular office hours (at right) or call the Orfalea College of Business Advising Center office at (805) 756-2601. Be prepared to state your reasons for the appointment and provide a phone number you can be contacted (all information is confidential). This is so we can review your file and prepare your paperwork.
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What to Expect
The Orfalea College of Business Advising Center utilizes a “Peer Advising Model” to accommodate all students’ needs in a timely fashion. Our Peer Advisors have received extensive training to be able to answer your questions and direct you to the appropriate resources for questions that we cannot answer. Appointments with Academic Advisors can be arranged through the Advising Center. Academic Advisors specialize in Academic Probation and Disqualification, Change of Major, and other specific situations.
The Peer Advising Model
The Advising Center utilizes a student-to-student advising structure, which has been proven as a key factor to successful graduation rates. It is beneficial for students to meet with Peer Advisors, who are extensively trained on all college and university policies, expectations, curriculum and resources for advising students in their major.
Peer Advisors take part in a quarter-long highly specialized training program to meet the needs of all Business, Economics, and Industrial Technology students. They update and review students’ files before an advising session and are prepared to answer any questions or concerns the students may have about the curriculum and/or policies. Two professional Academic Advisors are involved with direct supervision and specialty student concerns; their appointments involve career/internship advising and serving students with special concerns, assisting students having academic difficulty.
Faculty Advisors within the college provide further information on course content, career planning, and clarification on concentration areas. Faculty advisors may be assigned by the student’s area office or by the student’s concentration.