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Academic Success for LGBTQIA+ Students

The Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity aims to support LGBTQIA+ students in all of their endeavors at UC Santa Barbara, including their academic pursuits as an undergraduate or graduate student. The RCSGD staff is available to meet individually with students to discuss campus resources to help promote their academic success. The following list offers some of the resources available to students at UCSB.

Academic Success

Academic Advising

The Division of Undergraduate Education through the College of Letters & Science has many resources available to help students enhance their undergraduate experience and complete their bachelor's degree in a timely manner. Their website provides links to their programs and resources, and they encourage you to make full use of the help that their office can provide during your undergraduate career at UC Santa Barbara. In particular, don't hesitate to visit them at 1117 Cheadle Hall. They invite you to watch their Welcome Video as well to find out what their office offers.

Advising by College

College of Letters & Science Academic Advising

College of Engineering Academic Advising

College of Creative Studies Academic Advising

Advising for Transfer Students


Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) - 2020 Offerings Handout

CLAS supports students’ academic success through subject- and course-specific groups, workshops, academic skills consultations, and tutoring drop-ins. 

Groups are currently being led online by CLAS tutors; supplement University courses by helping students understand key concepts, develop methods for independent work, and prepare for exams; typically meet once or twice per week; and require regular attendance and participation. Groups are offered for the following subjects: Biology & Chemistry; Math, Physics & Engineering; Economics & Statistics. 

Drop-ins are currently being led online by CLAS tutors. Drop-in services are provided for Language, Writing, Biology & Chemistry, Math, Physics & Engineering, Economics & Statistics. 

Workshops are one-time, online offerings in which students sharpen students’ academic skills and try out new study strategies. Each workshop focuses on a specific topic, whether it be tactics, strategies, test-taking skills (including the GRE), or general mindset. 

Academic Skills Consultations are currently being led online by CLAS skills counselors; focus on specific issues, such as making a study plan, but can also address more general topics, such as how to be a successful student, as well as many others. Learn more by visiting their website:


Disabled Students Program (DSP)

Providing academic accommodations to students with disabilities is a shared responsibility of the campus. Students with disabilities are responsible for ensuring that the Disabled Students Program (DSP) is aware of their disabilities and for providing DSP with appropriate documentation. DSP is located at 2120 Student Resource Building and serves as the campus liaison regarding issues and regulations related to students with disabilities. The DSP staff works in an advisory capacity with a variety of campus departments to ensure that equal access is provided to all students with disabilities. Students with disabilities attending UCSB can be assured of receiving the same core support academic services offered throughout the University of California's System-wide chain of campuses. Visit their website for more information:


Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is committed to providing a support and information base that validates each student's experience and nurtures a sense of participation, belonging, and empowerment. Through mentorship, academic programs, one-to-one counseling/advising, campus student support service referrals, and social/cultural programming, we strive to maximize a student's involvement and success in the campus academic community. In addition to assisting students through to graduation, EOP helps motivate and inform students to utilize services to enhance their preparation for the job market and/or graduate/professional school admission. EOP focuses on serving those who are income-eligible and first-generation undergraduates. Learn more about EOP by visiting their website:



Ask a Librarian

UCSB librarians are available to help with your research needs--whatever they may be! Here are all the ways you can ask a librarian for help: 

Ask by Chat 

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  • Available: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Ask a Subject Librarian 

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  • Every academic department is assigned a subject librarian.
  • Find contact information for the subject librarian in the area you are conducting research and contact them directly with a question or to set up an appointment.

Schedule a Research Consultation Appointment

  • Schedule an Appointment with a Librarian
  • UCSB students, faculty, and staff may schedule an appointment with a librarian for assistance with their research needs.
  • All research consultations will be conducted online via Zoom.
  • You must schedule your appointment 24 hours in advance.
  • Available: Monday-Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm; Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00pm.

If you don't know where to get started, view Research Guides for a list of resources in your subject area.


ONDAS Student Center

The ONDAS Student Center at UCSB promotes the success and retention of first-generation college students with an emphasis on the first year transition and underrepresented student experience. We provide mentoring and academic support in a learning-centered space for students to connect with faculty, staff, and peers in order to grow personally and excel academically. Check out their programs and events by visiting the following site:


Transfer Student Center

Founded in 2016, the Transfer Student Center is a space for students who have transferred to UCSB to make connections: with each other, with the resources of the campus, and with pathways to academic and career success. In the Center, transfer students will find:

Community For Transfer Students

The Center provides a place for transfer students to study, meet other students, talk with peer mentors, and build a shared community of support and learning.

Academic Advising

The Center’s experienced academic advisors are able to help transfer students transition successfully to the four-year research university setting.  In addition to assisting students with academic planning, these advisors help connect students to campus resources and programs that add value to their undergraduate education.

Peer Educators & Mentors

The Peer Educators and Mentors are a group of experienced transfer and graduate students who are available to discuss academic expectations, effective strategies for academic success, undergraduate research opportunities, study tips, and much more.

Workshops On All Aspects Of Academic, Social, and Financial Life

Drawing on experienced faculty and professional staff, the Center organizes workshops focusing on all aspects of transfer student life. Read more about the workshops offered in the Transfer Student Center on the Programs & Events page.

Social Activities

Social events organized by the Transfer Student Center provide great opportunities to get to know fellow students. 

Learn more by visiting their website: