First Year Advising

First-year students are assigned First Year Advisors who teach the Core Curriculum in the First Year program. This unique advising structure is designed to provide students with tools for navigating their academic paths in their first year specifically.

In addition to First Year Advisors, first-year students are supported by the First Year Specialist and Assistant Director of Academic Advising, who are available to meet with students during regular office hours.

First Year Advising Office Hours are held on the Oakland campus in the Learning Resource Center, Irwin Student Center 213, and Irwin Student Center 213A. Check the schedule below for days, times, and locations.

Academic Advising appointments are held in private but are not confidential. If you wish to schedule a confidential meeting with a counselor, CCA offers free Counseling Services for current students (see Counseling Services for details).

Regular In-Office Hours

First Year Advisors hold regular weekly office hours. Appointments are recommended. If you are unable to meet with your First Year Advisor during their scheduled office hour, please contact them in class or via email to schedule a time to meet that is more convenient.

Bijan Yahsar
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Oakland, Learning Resource Center, Irwin Student Center 213

Carol Elkovich
Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Oakland, Irwin Student Center 213A

Elin Christopherson
Tuesday, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Oakland, Irwin Student Center 213A

Liz Leger
Wednesday, 3-4 p.m.
Oakland, Irwin Student Center 213A

Margo Majewska
Monday, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Oakland, Learning Resource Center, Irwin Student Center 213

Sydney Cohen
Monday, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Oakland, Irwin Student Center 213A

Victoria Scott
Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Oakland, Irwin Student Center 213A

Victoria Wagner
Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Oakland, Irwin Student Center 213A

Note: No First Year Advisors are available for Regular Office Hours on Friday

Extended Priority Registration and Add/Drop Drop-In Office Hours

First Year Advisors make themselves available for extended hours during Priority Registration and Add/Drop. You do not need to make an appointment and can meet with any First Year Advisor who is available. Hours are updated and added below before these two periods.

Academic Planning and Bridge Workshops

First Year Advisors facilitate a number of workshops throughout the year to help students prepare for registration in courses and transition to their major program. These workshops are mandatory for first-year students as they are an essential part of the first year experience. In the fall, Academic Planning Workshops are held in preparation for registration in spring courses. In the spring, Bridge Workshops are held in preparation of Majors Exposed and transition into the major program.

Majors Exposed

Majors Exposed is a unique opportunity to engage and connect with the CCA community that allows you to connect with faculty, staff, and students in various programs, co-curricular programs, resources, and offices all in one place. First-year students are required to attend, and all undergraduate students are welcome. New transfer and second-degree students are highly encouraged to attend.