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First-Year Experience

Academic Advising Centers

Academic Advising Centers (AAC) provide convenient, personalized academic support from peer advisors and tutors for every residence hall student as part of the Residence Hall Advising Team (RHAT). Peer advisors from all four Colleges – Letters & Science, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Engineering – provide academic planning assistance, major exploration, grading options, internship information, and connections with other campus resources. In addition, tutors from the Academic Assistance and Tutoring Centers are available most evenings on a drop-in basis for free assistance with common first-year courses like math, chemistry and writing. For residents who are simply looking for a space to study, read or work on group projects, the AAC is the ideal place.


  • Peer advising is available from all four UC Davis Colleges
  • Help with planning course schedules; discuss topics including major interests and options, and academic progress
  • Explore extracurricular opportunities from various campus departments, such as the UC Davis Study Abroad, the Internship and Career Center and the UC Davis Washington Program.
  • Advising services are free to residents and offered on a drop-in basis; no appointment is necessary


  • Trained tutors are available from the Academic Assistance and Tutoring Centers
  • Help with first year level math, chemistry and writing coursework
  • Tutoring services are free to residents and offered on a drop-in basis; no appointment is necessary

Locations of Academic Advising Centers

Segundo Area: Segundo Services Building 530-754-0279 (after 10:00 a.m.)
Tercero Area: Tercero Main 530-752-5566 (after 10:00 a.m.)
Cuarto Area: Thoreau Hall 530-754-0278 (after 10:00 a.m.)

Hours of Operation of Academic Advising Centers

General Hours: Monday - Friday (All) 8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday (All) 12:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Peer Academic Advising Hours: Monday - Thursday (Segundo) 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; 4–9 p.m.
Monday - Thursday (Tercero) 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday (Cuarto) 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday (Segundo and Tercero) 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday (Cuarto) (none)
Peer Tutoring Hours: Monday - Thursday (Segundo and Tercero) 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday (Cuarto) 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Note: Residents may use services in any academic advising center, regardless of the residence hall area they live in.

Writing Specialist, Larry Greer

By Appointment: 8-5 p.m. in 1107 Segundo Academic Advising Center (

Drop-In Hours: Tercero Academic Advising Center, Mondays, 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays, 10-12 p.m., Thursdays, 2-4 p.m.

Academic Peer Mentors

Academic Peer Mentors are students who have figured out how to be academically successful and want to help their peers do the same. They meet with students individually to provide support, advice, strategy and answer questions about academic life at UC Davis. They are available to talk about academic terminology (what’s a syllabus?), studying and test taking strategies, common academic websites (Canvas, OASIS, MyDegree, Schedule Builder), interactions with faculty and campus resources.


Students may submit questions to the following email address: Residential Academic Advising.