Welcome to Rachel Carson College Advising!

Welcome to Rachel Carson College!

The Rachel Carson College advising team is here to guide students from the time of their acceptance to UCSC through graduation.  By developing effective, collaborative advising relationships, we help students identify and explore their academic interests and capabilities. We are available to answer questions about scheduling classes, degree requirements, qualifying for a major, and educational support and opportunities. We hope to empower our students to make the most of their time at UCSC.

We invite you to come to see us whenever you need help, have a question, or don't know where to go for your particular concern. We are here for you!

Who We Are

Lauren Reed, Academic Preceptor

Jan Burroughs, Academic Preceptor

Barbara Shelley, College Assistant (Front Desk)


The Advising Office is located in the Rachel Carson College Academic Building, Room 114. You can schedule an appointment or come to our scheduled drop-in hours.

Front Desk Phone: (831) 459-2361. If you leave us a message, please leave us your student ID number and a callback number so we can expedite your request.

Making Appointments / Getting Your Questions Answered 

To ask a quick advising question, call the front desk at (831) 459-2361, or email us at carsonadvising@ucsc.edu

To request an appointment, email us from your UCSC email account with the following:

  • Student ID Number
  • Several days and time blocks for a potential appointment
  • The reason for the requested advising appointment, as specifically as possible

You can also request an appointment by phone by calling the number listed above. Please note that all advising appointments must be made at least one day in advance!

Advising Office Hours

Summer Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Limited Drop-In Advising during summer.  Call front desk for availability.

Academic Year Hours:

Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays

Drop In Advising Hours (a subset of our office's business hours): 

Times vary, but during the academic year, generally Monday - Friday 10:00am - 11:30am and 1:30pm - 3:30pm, excepting scheduled staff and campus meeting times. Call ahead to verify Drop-In Advising the day you plan to come.