Undergraduate Advising

The Department of Chemical and Nano Engineering offers advising through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC), drop-in advising, and scheduled appointments. Please read through the information below to determine which form of advising best works for you.


Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

If you have a general, relatively straightforward questions, the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) is a great advising tool to use. Please submit all academic questions/concerns through the VAC (do not email). Include all inquiries, if there are multiple, in one VAC message. You can expect a response from an advisor within 1-3 business days.


Drop-in Advising

Drop-in advising hours are held in-person on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 - 11:00 in SME 241B, no appointment necessary. Drop-in advising hours are subject to availability and can be canceled on occasion due to scheduling conflicts.

Advising Appointments, via Zoom or in-person

Advisors are meeting with undergraduate students that have a scheduled appointment virtually via Zoom or in-person. Advising appointments are typically 15-30 minutes depending on the nature of the appointment request.

Appointment Advising Hours

How to schedule an appointment:

Please submit your appointment request using this google form and use your ucsd.edu email address. After filling out the form, we will contact you via the VAC with your appointment time and location or Zoom link (if applicable). 

Note: Our google form will close over the weekends and reopen on Monday mornings.

Guidelines for Appointments:

  • Requests MUST be made at least TWO business days in advance.*
  • We do not schedule same-day appointments.
  • Please request appointments on multiple days, not just one.
  • Prospective students will only be seen Weeks 2-9 of the quarter.
  • Our department will offer a five minute grace period for appointments. If a student is later than 5 minutes arriving to their appointment, they will require a new submission to reschedule the meeting.

*Requests made within less than two days or outside of the provided hours above will result in an advisor contacting you to resubmit the form.

Prospective students: Please review our Admissions page prior to scheduling an appointment. This page details the timeline for the selective major applications and all eligibility requirements. As a reminder, first and second year applicants have until the end of the sixth quarter at UC San Diego to complete the requirements listed. Transfer students have until the end of their third quarter

For ALL questions related to our BS/MS program or grad programs, please visit our Graduate Advising Page


For more in-depth information about the programs, curriculum, advising and student resources, please check the 2022-2023 Student Handbook.

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Please review our Academic Planning Tips which was discussed in Summer and Transfer prep orientation.

Academic Planning Tips