The Vision of Academic Advising at UCLA

Academic advising at UCLA is committed to fostering student development in ways that help students thrive intellectually, professionally, and personally, here and beyond. As a critical component of the University’s mission, advisors guide students through their transitions, create spaces that encourage them to engage with their diverse communities of scholars, expose them to new ideas and experiences, and prepare them for life after UCLA. Advisors are dedicated to cultivating their own professional growth so as to understand best practices of providing advising that directly addresses student needs, facilitates student learning, and cultivates empowerment. Quality advising inspires both students and advisors to be change-agents, leaders, and valuable contributors to our diverse and ever-changing world.

The Mission of College Academic Counseling

Academic advising is an integral component of your learning and development at UCLA. College Academic Counseling’s mission is to cultivate an advising partnership with you that nurtures your growth, and that allows you to draw connections between all aspects of your undergraduate experience. These correlations will help you to understand the value of your undergraduate education as it relates to your personal and professional aspirations. Through a developmental, learning-centered philosophy, we advise the whole student, acknowledging that all aspects of your individuality inform your scholarly identity. Academic advisors support you in your intellectual, professional, and personal goals, while upholding the integrity of the institution.

Academic Advising Objectives

Academic Advisors aim to collaborate with you to support your intellectual, professional, and personal development. The following objectives seek to foster your success and well-being within and beyond the University.

Academic Advising Objectives
Intellectual Development Professional Development Personal Development
introduce students to the structure and rationale of the degree, including university, college/school, and major/minor requirements learn about students’ post-graduate aspirations and work with students to create a plan to achieve those goals initiate conversations with students about the accomplishments and challenges of their transition to UCLA and their undergraduate experience
familiarize students with the UCLA Degree Audit (DAR), MyUCLA, and enrollment, registration, study list deadlines, and academic rules and regulations introduce students to research, study abroad, internship, and service-learning opportunities, and refer them to the appropriate offices familiarize students with campus resources for academic support and personal well-being
work with students to select a major/minor that aligns with their skills and interests inform students about student groups and organizations that will provide them with valuable leadership and team-work experiences learn which resources students are using, and continue to encourage the utilization of campus resources
discover what students want to achieve during their undergraduate education beyond completing major/minor and degree requirements recommend that students create a Bruin View account, and refer them to the Career Center to learn about options of and pathways to dynamic careers in various fields, and to utilize their services and  career assessment tools inspire students to self-reflect and assess their own progress, personal development, and well-being
learn about students’ intended goals for the academic year and brainstorm together an action plan for accomplishing their objectives discuss the transferrable skills acquired from the students’ undergraduate experience that relate to their post-graduate aspirations encourage students to build community by participating in extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities
advise students to meet with their major/minor department advisors to review progress toward degree, satisfaction with major/minor, and post-graduate options encourage students to establish and to maintain relationships with faculty and/or staff members who can serve as mentors
ask students to articulate what they have been learning, and guide them to relate this knowledge across disciplines, and beyond the scope of the University