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 to your assigned counselor’s in-person drop-in advising hours or schedule an appointment if you are unavailable during their designated drop-in time. The advising drop-in hours listed below are the regular semester hours.

Drop-ins are for "quick questions" that can be answered in 15 minutes or less. We see students on a first come, first serve basis during the drop-in hours posted on our Advising Home Page

Learn how to schedule an advising appointment.

Advisor Drop-in Hours
Counselor  Email  Drop-in Hours 
Arman Liwang Wednesday/Thursday 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-3:00pm
Angela Simmons Wednesday/Thursday 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-3:00pm
Bibiana Arriola Monday/Tuesday 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-3:00pm
Christine Co Monday/Tuesday 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-3:00pm
Diana Castro Monday/Tuesday 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-3:00pm
Herman Lee Monday 10:00am-11:00am
Joseph Benjamin Wednesday 10:00am-11:00am
Maggie Hilliard Available by appointment only
Martina Lasich Monday/Tuesday 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-3:00pm
Matt Grossbard Wednesday/Thursday 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-3:00pm
McCall Olson Tuesday/Wednesday 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-3:00pm
PaHoua Lee Tuesday 2:00pm-3:00pm
Riri Shibata Monday/Tuesday 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-3:00pm
Sakiya Gallon-Johnson Wednesday/Thursday 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-3:00pm

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.