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Advising for New Students

First year students should take the CS Placement Exam before registering for courses in their first quarter. More information about the CS Placement Exam can be found on our FAQ page.

Newly Admitted CS and CSE Students

  • Step 1: Complete Aggie 101 (required)
  • All incoming freshmen and transfer students must complete Aggie 101. This online program will provide essential information and introduce you to key resources at UC Davis. Aggie 101 will be accessible starting May 4th for first year students and June 8th for transfer students.
  • Step 2: Complete Aggie Advising Modules in Canvas (required)
  • All incoming freshmen and transfer students must also complete the Aggie Advising Modules in Canvas. During this module you will review how your AP/IB or community college credit counts at UC Davis and learn how to select courses and build a balanced schedule for your first quarter. You'll also find resources and tips to help you navigate the university, explore your interests, and ensure your first quarter is a success. More information will be provided after Aggie 101 opens.
  • Step 3: Register for Courses (required)
  • After completing Aggie 101 and Aggie Advising, you should have planned out a first quarter schedule and have everything you need to register for classes. If you have additional questions that were not covered in Aggie 101 or Aggie Advising, your major advisors will be offering appointments throughout the summer. An appointment is not required. Due to the high volume of CS and CSE majors, please be patient as you may not be able to obtain an appointment before your Pass time. 

    How to Schedule an Appointment:
    - Visit the appointment system and login with your UC Davis ID and Passphrase
    - Select "Computer Science" and then select "Undergrad Advising" for the calendar to see our availability. You will not be able to see our availability if you have not completed Aggie 101 and your Aggie Advising Modules. Transfer students, please note that appointments will not start until July 18th.
    - Once you have confirmed your information, you will be shown a calendar with available appointments. Choose the day and time that works for you. You may need to click forward to additional weeks for open appointments depending on demand.
    A confirmation email will be sent to your UC Davis email account. All appointments will be held via Zoom. 
  • Step 4: Attend Aggie Orientation (required)
  • Sign up for Aggie Orientation. This five-day program is your opportunity to start building community networks of support, find resources, and begin your life on campus.

Prepare for Your Appointment

Appointments are optional. They are not required in order for you to register for courses. If you want an appointment, your advisor will need you to come prepared with specific information and questions. The following tips will help you get ready.

  • Click through our Padlet to learn about our department
  • CS Advising has created an interactive Padlet that covers many of the common questions new students have regarding our majors and department. You may access this information by clicking here.  
  • Review the information in Aggie 101 and Aggie Advising
  • You must have completed Aggie 101 and the Aggie Advising modules before scheduling an appointment with us. We recommend reviewing the information again before your appointment.

    Incoming First Year Students: You must have completed the Aggie Advising Checklist. Please bring your completed checklist to your appointment.

    Incoming Transfer Students: Please review your personalized schedule in OASIS before scheduling an appointment.

    Are you considering a different major in the College of Engineering? Click here to learn about other departments within our college.
  • Additional Information for CS Advising
  • We encourage you to learn more about our office and academic advising by clicking here.

Helpful Links for First Year Students

The CS Advising team can only assist with questions pertaining to academic requirements for CS and CSE majors. Below are links to other resources and offices on campus that may be helpful in answering other questions you have. Please reach out to their offices if you have questions.