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Academic Advising Center Updates


CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center Updates


March 23, 2021

Starting this Spring 2022 quarter, the CNAS Advising Center will begin to offer students the option to meet with their advisor in-person if they would prefer to do so.   We will continue to provide many of our services like Express Advising (i.e., drop-in advising) and workshops as online via Zoom only, but advisors will offer some in-person appointment availability for students interested in this option. 

Please note that in order to continue to meet safety guidelines for both our staff and students, in-person advising availability will be limited to reduce the amount of exposure between students and advisors.  Additionally, any student required to complete the COVID Screening Check will need to meet virtually with their advisor instead.  Students will also be required to wear a face covering throughout their in-person appointment.  Please check in at the front window of the Advising Center at 1223 Pierce Hall no more than 5 minutes before an in-person appointment.   

We will also continue to offer online advising appointment availability as well as Express Advising (i.e., drop-in advising) availability.    Remember, through Express Advising you can set up quick 10-minute Zoom advising meetings with your advisor to go over quick questions or issues you might have on that same day.    You will simply need to check your advisor's availability at 8:30am each morning and sign up for an Express Advising session.  (Again, all Express Advising meetings are still online through Zoom only!)

Please be sure to check out the information on this page for step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for regular advising appointments, whether in-person or online, as well as for online Express Advising sessions.  

Kind regards,

CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Staff

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Regular Advising Appointment Instructions (either online via Zoom on In-Person)

  • Availability: You can view your advisors's posted availability through myAdvising.ucr.eduPlease note whether the advising appointment you are looking for is available online or in-person and choose the option that you would prefer.

  • Scheduling appointment: Choose an available advising slot.  These advising sessions can last up to 20 minutes and you can schedule them in advance or on the same day if available.  You can view or schedule an appointment 10 days in advanced, at most.  

  • Accessing the IN-PERSON advising appointment: 

    • Check in at the CNAS Advising Center front-window at 1223 Pierce Hall no more than 5 minutes prior to the start of your appointment.

    • After checking in at the front window, wait in the lobby for your advisor to call your name and guide you to their office.

    • You MUST wear a face covering/mask throughout your advising appointment. 

    • Any student required to complete the COVID Screening Check will need to meet virtually with their advisor instead.

  • Accessing ONLINE advising appointment via Zoom:

    • Log into no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment and click on the "Enter Online Appointment" button (see screenshot below).  

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  • If you realize that you will be late for the appointment or will not be able to make it, please call the Advising Center at 951-827-7492. 


Express Advising Instructions (all sessions online via Zoom)

  • Availability: You can check your advisor's availability on at 8:30am each day for an Express Advising session. 

    • All Express Advising meetings are online via Zoom!

    • You can view future availability for Express Advising but you can only sign up for open slots for that same day. 

    • Express Advising sessions are only 10 minutes and intended to to discuss quick questions or simple issues.

  • How to Access Express Advising Session:  Simply go to no more than 5 minutes before your schedule session and sign in.  

  • Entering Express Advising Session: Once you've signed into simply click on the "Enter Online Appointment" button (see screenshot below) to be entered into your advisor's Zoom waiting room. 

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  • And that's it!  Your advisor will start your Express Advising session at your scheduled time!

  • If you realize that you will not be able to attend your session after all, please let your advisor know via email as soon as you can.

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