Academic Advising

Orfalea Student Services has transitioned to in-person services. We will be available through email, phone, and drop-ins. In-person and virtual appointments will start on 9/27. We are located in Orfalea College of Business (Building 3) in Room 100.

Who We Are

Orfalea Student Services offers academic advising to support students in academic-related concerns such as course planning, registration, studying abroad, changing majors, and much more.


The Orfalea College of Business Student Services is now providing in-person and virtual services to ensure that current students have the full support that they need so that the timeline to degree completion is not compromised. We are available via email, phone, appointments, and drop-ins. Appointments can be taken both virtually or in-person. Visit the Academic Advising tab for more information on how to meet with an advisor.
Note: Orfalea Student Services aims to foster a professional, inclusive environment. Please enter our office with respectful language and appropriate attire.

Hours of Operation

Our office is available to meet any time during our hours of operation.

  • Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Tuesday: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Friday: 9 am – 3 pm

Peer Advisors

Meet with a Peer Advisor in-person or virtually to discuss degree progress, curriculum, registration, course planning, study abroad, change of major, or any other general academic concerns. Orfalea Student Services aims to foster a professional, inclusive environment. Please join the office with respectful language and appropriate attire. For current Cal Poly OCOB students only.

Drop-In Advising

Anytime during our hours of operation, you may meet with us for drop-in advising in our office (03-100). Come in to interact with a Peer Advisor get quick answers to your advising-related questions or time sensitive concerns. For academic advising including degree progress, graduation plan, etc., please schedule an appointment.
Note: If you have submitted a form that requires advisor approval, meet with a Professional Academic Advisor (found at the bottom of this page).

General Advising Appointment

For more in-depth curriculum advising, senior graduation checks, graduation plans and more extensive academic advising, schedule an appointment with a Peer Advisor for general advising, using the link below. Appointments can be taken both in-person and virtually. Open to all OCOB students who are in their second year and beyond.
First-year students may meet with an advisor in the First-Year Advising Center.

For 9/13–9/24, our office will not be available for appointments. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us via email or phone, or come into our office (03-100) for in-person drop-ins. 

ITP Major Advising

In a 30-minute appointment, an ITP-specific Peer Advisor can walk you through registration, your degree progress report, and help you set up a tentative schedule for future quarters. You can expect to leave our office with all of your questions answered and a solid plan for fulfilling your degree requirements. Click here to schedule an ITP-specific general advising appointment with our office.

Change of Major Advising

If you are interested in changing your major into the College of Business, please visit our Changing Major page for more information. Please email our office at to discuss changing your major, or come into drop-ins through the link above to schedule an appointment.

Study Abroad Advising

Study Abroad programs have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. However, if you are interested in studying abroad in the future, refer to our Study Abroad page for help in planning. Please email our office at to discuss studying abroad, or come into drop-ins through the link above to schedule an appointment.

Professional Academic Advisors

Professional Academic Advisors are available to provide in-depth personal counseling for sensitive, critical, or complex academic concerns. For current Cal Poly students only.

Drop-In Advising

Professional Academic Advising Drop-In hours are back for Fall 2021.  Drop-In hours, starting the first week of classes, are 11 am – 12 noon via Zoom.

Professional Academic Advising Appointment

If you would like to meet with a professional academic advisor for more in-depth counseling, please view the Professional Academic Advising Team below and schedule an appointment with the advisor whose areas of expertise best fit your specific concerns.


Yovani Alexander
Academic Advisor & MBP
On Maternity Leave 8/31/21 – 1/1/22

Contact Yovani

Areas of Expertise

  • Peer Advising Program
  • Multicultural Business Program
  • Enrollment Management & Support to Students/Faculty
  • Student Marketing, Communications & Newsletter
  • Sensitive Student Concerns

Christine Gray
Academic Advisor

Areas of Expertise

  • ASPIRE Peer Mentoring Program Coordinator
  • Academic Probation & Disqualification Support
  • OCOB Study Abroad Initiatives & Programs
  • OCOB International Student Advising

Chris Ainsworth
Academic Advisor

Areas of Expertise

  • Change of Major Process
  • Transfer Student Support & Advising
  • Readmitted Student Advising
  • Cal Poly Scholars Liaison
Nayeli Perez Gonzalez

Nayeli Perez Gonzales
Graduate Assistant

Areas of Expertise

  • Personal & Professional Goal Setting
  • General Academic Advising Questions
  • Sensitive Student Concerns

First-Year Advising

This year, our office is only taking appointments with OCOB students in their second year and beyond. If you are a first-time freshman, you will meet with the professional advisors in the Mustang Success Center throughout your freshman year. We look forward to meeting with you in your second year, on through to graduation and the culmination of your degree, and beyond.

First-Year Block Scheduling

Cal Poly uses block scheduling for all first-time freshmen. First-year students are enrolled in a full-time schedule of courses in their Fall quarter, and partial schedules in Winter and Spring. Click the link below to learn more about block scheduling in the College of Business.

Returning Students

We are so glad you would like to finish your degree! To learn more about returning to the College of Business, please refer to the page linked below.

Career Advising

The Orfalea College of Business has its own advising center to support students with career readiness. If you would like advising on any concerns relating to post-graduation and careers, please refer to the Career Readiness Center.

Peer Tutoring

Taking a difficult class? Cal Poly’s Writing and Learning Center offers free individual and small-group tutoring sessions for various major and support courses. Students can connect with a peer tutor who can help promote their success in a course. Tutoring sessions are held virtually.

Registration Resources

If you need help figuring out how to register for class, including adding, dropping, waitlisting, and swapping courses, you can come into drop-in hours with our Peer Advisors. Alternatively, you can access the registration resources made available by the Office of the Registrar. Click the link below for an overview of these resources and more details on registration tools.