Advising Options


Deciding on which advising option is best for you depends on how you plan to "spend" the 48 units, plus 9 discovery-focused units of academic credit you are limited to in the first-term of your first year (e.g. 4 full, 12-unit subjects and an additional 9 discovery-focused units).  Please review this section for details on your advising options, which you will apply for online June 1-June 15.

Advising with a credit component is most typically handled through participation in either:

  • An advising seminar (either in a general area or department of interest - most are 3 units).
  • Participation in a Learning Community. The Terrascope Learning Community involves taking the special 9-unit subject 12.000 – Solving Complex Problems. The Concourse learning community has a specific seminar for their participants and participation in the Concourse seminar is required. Participants in the ESG community have the option to choose to advising via FAS (for-credit) or traditional (non-credit) advising.

Benefits of the for-credit advising option include:

  • It's a special academic class that combines advising and learning. Your seminar leader not only teaches the 3-unit seminar but also serves as your advisor for your entire first year. This unique combination of teaching/advising enables you to really get to know your advisor and advising group during regular two hour weekly meeting during the Fall semester.
  • Seminar size, style of learning, and pace are all diametrically different from your other classes: no lectures, quizzes, or p-sets. Seminars meet for 2 hours weekly during the Fall term. Homework generally takes 2-4 hours/week.
  • Your advising group will include an upper-level student Associate Advisor, who brings the experienced student's perspective. As an advising group, you will have the opportunity to participate in at least a couple of social events a year.
  • NOTE: You are expected to remain committed and enrolled/participating in the seminar/community for the entire fall semester. These groups are "teams" just like a varsity team, so dropping out affects the quality of the experience for your fellow advisees and advisor just as it would teammates or a coach.

Advising with no credit component is through participation in either:

  • Traditional Advising, which awards no academic credit, but provides the same level of advising as those enrolled in a seminar.
  • Participation in some Learning Communities. Since Terrascope students are also automatically registered for the class 12.000 – Solving Complex Problems, they are traditionally advised. Participants in the ESG learning community have the option to be advised by a traditional advisor, if non-credit advising is preferred.  

Some benefits of the non-credit advising option include:

  • You will meet with your traditional advisor 2-3 times in both semesters.
  • You and the other first-years matched with your advisor will form an advising group that includes an upper-level student Associate Advisor, who brings the experienced student's perspective. As an advising group, you will have the opportunity to participate in at least a couple of social events a year.

All students select their preferred advising option via an online advising application available June 1-15.