IMPORTANT: All DSC Undergraduate advising sessions (drop-in and appointments) are currently offered via Zoom. Our business hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-12:00 pm PST and 1:00 pm-4:30 pm PST (excluding weekends and holidays).

Advising Hours

  • Tuesdays 1:30 pm-3:30 pm PST
  • Fridays: 9:00 am-11:00 am PST & 1:30 pm-3:30 pm PST

Contact Us

  1. Phone


  2. Email

All students are strongly encouraged to connect with the DSC department through the Virtual Advising Center for non-urgent academic inquiries. The DSC Student Affairs team will respond to student inquiries in the VAC within 24-48 hours.

Students can access the Virtual Advising Center through TritonLink or by directly by clicking the VAC Button on this page. To reach the DSC Undergraduate Advising Office directly, choose “Data Science” from the drop-down menu under “Direct To.” Choose “Notify Via Text Message” to ensure you see the VAC response as soon as a DSC Advisor has responded.

Students can refer to the VAC after drop-in sessions and advising appointments for a summary of the meeting and access any discussed links. Please note that we do not schedule appointments or provide long term planning through the VAC.

SP23 Drop-In Advising Hours:

  • Thursdays: 9:00 am – 11:30 am PST

All current students (regardless of declared major/minor) are strongly encouraged to attend drop-in advising PRIOR to scheduling an advising appointment, as most questions can be addressed during drop-in advising without the need for a longer appointment. Drop-in sessions are designed to be 10-15 minutes in length and do not require an appointment in advance. If a DSC Advisor determines an inquiry will take longer to address, students will be asked to schedule a follow-up advising appointment.

Students can access DSC drop-in advising through the TritonLink “Meet with Advisor” page. Please note: The sign-in will only appear during active drop-in hours.

Drop-in advising is provided on a first come, first served basis; there is no guarantee that students will see an advisor during drop-in advising hours. Students will not be allotted additional time as we often have several students waiting in queue. The last student will be seen 15 minutes before the end of the advising hours available that day.

Common drop-in topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Review of courses for the current quarter
  • Selection of courses for the upcoming quarter
  • Assistance preparing/submitting academic forms (e.g., EASy requests, petitions, academic planning forms, etc.)
  • Exploration of DSC department resources

SP23 Advising Appointment Hours:

  • Tuesdays 1:30 pm-3:30 pm PST
  • Fridays: 9:00 am-11:00 am PST & 1:30 pm-3:30 pm PST

Academic advising appointments are available in 30-minute increments. Common appointment topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Long-term planning (more than 2 quarters)
    • Long-term planning is only available to current DSC majors/minors
    • Students seeking long-term planning assistance must prepare a long-term plan draft prior to the appointment
  • Assistance preparing/submitting academic forms (e.g., double major petitions, academic planning forms, financial aid appeals, etc.)
  • Discussions of academic difficulty or other challenges

Students should contact DSC Student Affairs at least 2 business days in advance to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment:

  1. Email
  2. In your email, please include:
    • Name
    • PID
    • Preferred date and time based on available hours
    • Alternative date and time based on available hours
    • Reason for appointment
    • Cell phone number and carrier (if you would like to receive a text message confirmation)

If you need to cancel your appointment, we request that you notify the department at least 1 business day in advance.

Students not currently attending UC San Diego can contact the DSC department with questions at

Current students should submit all academic inquiries through the Virtual Advising Center. Current students can contact to schedule academic advising appointments and submit academic forms. We also reach out to current students regarding internship and research opportunities along with program announcements, so please make sure the email is set up to filter into your inbox and not to your junk or spam folders.

Please note: Academic inquiries sent to will be redirected to the VAC. We will not address duplicate messages sent to both the VAC and the DSC student email.

Students not currently attending UC San Diego can contact the DSC Undergraduate department with questions at (858) 534-0198.

Current students should submit all academic inquiries through the Virtual Advising Center. Please note that students who call with academic inquiries will be redirected to the VAC. The DSC Undergraduate Student Affairs team is in-office on Wednesdays and Thursdays during normal business hours and may miss your call if you call outside of these times. If you leave a voicemail, please include your name, PID, and UCSD email so we can follow up with you accordingly.


In order to provide the tools and resources needed to achieve academic, professional, and personal development goals, the Data Science program has a committed staff available to support students and their needs. At this time, our staff includes the following individuals:

Sequoia Arvelo

Undergraduate Intake Advisor

Meredith Longo

Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Student Advisor

Sonlong Nguyen

Undergraduate Manager

Mona Wang

Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Student Advisor