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ECS Advising

The College of Engineering and Computer Science's (ECS) Advising, Counseling, and Tutoring (ACT) Office is dedicated to engaging with students to improve student success and enhance each student’s academic and career aspirations through meaningful, customized advising services. The ACT Office improves the student experience by facilitating access to needed resources and expands student opportunities to achieve academic success.

Contact Information

  • Location – Santa Clara Hall 1213 (Due to Covid-19, all services will be done virtually only)
  • Phone - (916) 278-5426 (For best response time, please email the email)

Academic Advisors
Academic Advisors Drop-In Hours

Advising Services Appointment Options How To Make An Appointment Mandatory Advising

Academic Advisors

Name Type of Advisor Email Phone Number
Brenda Luis Academic Advisor (916) 278-2685
Alisa Patterson Graduation and Retention Coordinator  (916) 278-4575

Academic Advisor Drop-In Hours

All drop-ins will be held through Zoom:

Meeting ID: 583-122-3656 or

Drop-ins are on a first-come, first-serve basis. As it is registration and orientation, there might be a line. Drop-ins are for students wanting to complete first-year, first-time freshmen or second year advising and for general education, graduation requirements, lower division major requirements, and questions regarding policies and procedures.

Thursday, July 2

  • 9am - 12pm
  • 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Friday, July 3

  • Campus Closed in Observance of Independence Day

Monday, July 6

  • 9am - 11am
  • 2pm - 4pm

Tuesday, July 7

  • 9am - 11am
  • 1:30pm - 3pm

Wednesday, July 8

  • 8:30am - 11:30am
  • 1pm - 4pm

Thursday, July 9

  • 9am - 12pm
  • 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Friday, July 10

  • 9am - 11am
  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Advising Services

The ACT Office offers and staff can provide assistance with the following advising-related topics:

  • General Education & Graduation Requirements (GE/GR)
  • Lower-division major/pre-major advising
  • Questions about ECS Advising Center Hold
  • Course planning via Smart Planner
  • Interpretation of University academic policies
  • Referrals to other campus resources.
  • Assist with transferring from Community Colleges and attending Summer Semester.

Appointment Options

The ACT offers two options for meeting with one of their academic advisors: Drop-in or Schedule Appointments. Each option provides the student with a way to take charge of their educational trajectory.

Drop-in Appointments are typically 15 minutes long and cater to surface level inquires, such as:

  • Follow-up from a recent, prior appointment (with the same advisor).
  • Campus and Success Center resources
  • Questions regarding transfer and summer school

Scheduled Appointments are, on average, 30-minute sessions that focus on more complex inquiries such as:

  • General Education or Graduation Requirements
  • Keys to Degree: Smart Planner, Sac State Scheduler, Academic Requirements.
  • Questions on academic standing (repeats, grade forgiveness, academic progress).
  • Resources and information on Academic Probation, Readmissions, and Reinstatement.

*Scheduled appointments will be offered in the Fall 2020 semester.*