Advising Services

First-year freshmen and undeclared students 

First-year freshmen and undeclared students have an assigned counselor in the UAC.  (Refer to your SF State email for messages from your counselor). Reach out to your counselor directly via email, drop-in, and/or appointment when you need assistance. 

Please email your counselor from your SF State email address as all responses will be sent to that account. 

Your assigned counselor may be able to address general questions via email, but might recommend drop-in advising or an appointment when appropriate. Email addresses for advisors can be found in the "Drop-in Advising" section below. 

Refer below to your assigned counselor’s Virtual Office hours. 

Advisors have 2 hours of virtual office hours every week available to their caseloads only*. Students are seen via zoom on a first come first served basis. Please see email outreach from your assigned advisor for zoom links. 

If you are unavailable during their designated in person drop-in time or virtual office hours, schedule an appointment.  

"Learn how to schedule an advising appointment"

 

Virtual Office Hours 
Counselor  Email  Hours  
Arman Liwanag aliwanag@sfsu.edu Mon & Tues: 1:00pm -2:00pm 
Diana Castro dianacastro@sfsu.edu Mon and Wed: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Martina Lasich mlasich@sfsu.edu Wed 3:00pm - 4:00pm & Thurs 10:00am - 11:00am
Matt Grossbard hgrossbard@sfsu.edu Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm 
McCall Olson  mccallolson@sfsu.edu Mon 2:00pm-3:00pm & Tues 10:00am-11:00am 
Riri Shibata rshibata@sfsu.edu Wed: 10:00am-11:00am & Wed: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Sakiya Gallon-Johnson  sgallonj@sfsu.edu Tuesday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm 
Scherane Kinney skinney@sfsu.edu Tues: 10:00am -12:00pm 
Tara Boehm thjalmq@sfsu.edu Thurs: 11:00am - 1:00pm 
Joe Benjamin josephb@sfsu.edu Wed: 11:00am-12:00pm
     

Your assigned counselor will send emails throughout the year to invite you to schedule an appointment so check your SF State email regularly. You may also schedule an appointment with your assigned counselor or email your counselor if you are unavailable during the appointment times provided in the original invitation.  

Learn how to schedule an advising appointment.

 

Learn how to prepare for these common appointments by clicking on the option below. 

How to prepare for your Course Selection/Registration appointment

How to prepare for your Major Exploration appointment

If you are reconsidering your major, there are a few important things you may want to do:

1) If you might keep your current major, but aren't sure, you might want to talk to your major department advisor to see how well your current major will fit your needs.  

2) You might talk to the College Resource Center if you are interested in an alternate major in a specific college or the intended major department to see about the possibility of the alternate major.  Refer to the major department website for contact information if reaching out to major departments.  

3) If you know which major you want to declare, you can see if you can declare online.  

4) If you need help with the exploration process, check out our Major Exploration page to get started.

5) If SF State doesn't offer a major you are interested in or you have a very specialized field you want to study, a Special Major might be right for you.  Review the B.A. Special Major to see if this is the right direction for you to pursue to meet your academic goals.  

If you plan to return to SF State as an undeclared student, contact our front desk to schedule a Readmission appointment. Returning students applying to return in a declared major should contact the college resource center associated with the major.