Academic Advising


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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.

Virtual Operations

Orfalea College of Business Student Services has adapted to a virtual advising structure across Spring Quarter to ensure that current students have the full support that they need so that the timeline to degree completion is not compromised. We are utilizing virtual advising through email, phone, and Zoom (appointments and drop-ins). 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 join the virtual office with respectful language, appropriate attire, and appropriate background.

Virtual Hours of Operation

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

  • Monday, Wednesday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Peer Advisors

Meet with a Peer Advisor 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 virtual office with respectful language, appropriate attire, and appropriate background. 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 virtual office. Click on the link below and interact with a Peer Advisor to 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).

We are open Monday, Wednesday-Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and Tuesday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

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. 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.

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 cobadvis@calpoly.edu 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 cobadvis@calpoly.edu 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

If you would like to meet with a professional academic advisor for quick or time-sensitive questions, you can meet virtually with them during drop-in hours on Monday – Thursday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Note: Students needing to meet with an advisor for forms approval should go to these drop-ins.

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 responsibilities best fit your specific concerns.

Professional Academic Advising Team

Meet our office’s Professional Academic Advisors:

YovaniYovani Alexander | Academic Advisor/Coordinator, MBP
ylalexan@calpoly.edu

805-756-1753 | 03-100
Schedule an Appointment with Yovani

  • Peer Advising Program
  • Multicultural Business Program
  • Sensitive Student Concerns
  • Enrollment Management
  • Marketing / Communications / Student Newsletter
  • PolyCultural Weekend

 

ChelseaChelsea Kidwell | Academic Advisor
clkidwel@calpoly.edu

Office: 03-100
Schedule an Appointment with Chelsea

  • Peer Mentoring Program
  • Academic Probation, Disqualification Process/Readmitted students
  • Sensitive Student Concerns
  • Transfer Student Programs & Support
  • Cal Poly Scholars (academic)
  • Change of Major Process
  • Study Abroad Initiatives
  • Intl. Student Support, OCOB Exchanges, OCOB Travel Grant

 

Nayeli Perez Gonzalez

Nayeli Perez Gonzalez | Graduate Assistant
ngonza72@calpoly.edu
Schedule an Appointment with Nayeli

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

 

 

 

 

AdolfoAdolfo Ortiz Ortiz | Graduate Assistant
aortiz63@calpoly.edu
Schedule an Appointment with Adolfo

  • Personal and 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.

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.