Undergraduate Advising

 COVID-19 Response: All advising will take place online for Fall Quarter, 2021.

Undergraduate Program Advisors

The Undergraduate Program advisor is a staff member who handles the administrative duties of the undergraduate program. The Undergraduate Program Advisor is a good resource for departmental and UC-wide policy.  

Advisors: Jenniie Nguyen and Ellery Wilkie
Email: pstat-undergradadvisor@ucsb.edu
Drop in Hours Here: M-F, 11am-12pm, 3-4pm
Schedule an Appointment: M-F, 1-3pm 

You should see the Undergraduate Program Advisor for:

  • Major forms and petitions
  • General guidelines on major requirements
  • Advisement for course schedules
  • Changing majors (for Juniors and Seniors)
  • Referral to campus resources

When e-mailing the Undergraduate Advising Office please include the following information: Full Name, PERM, Major, and a full explanation of your question.

Students should contact Academic Advising at the College of Letters and Science for questions regarding General Education and University requirements. More information on how to contact the advising office at the College of Letters and Science can be found here.


Undergraduate Peer Advisors

The Undergraduate Peer advisor is a student member of the PSTAT staff who handles basic questions on the undergraduate program. The Peer Advisor can give a personal perspective on courses and co-curricular activities, as well as give tips and resources on the PSTAT majors.

Peer Advisors: Dante Coletta, Harper Clarke, Cindy Xu, Nick Thiessen
Office: SH 5607B, M-F, by appointment only

You should see the undergraduate peer advisor for:

  • General guidelines on Major Requirements
  • Changing/declaring majors (for Freshman and Sophmores)
  • Social support


Faculty Undergraduate Program Advisors

The Faculty Undergraduate Advisors are faculty members who are appointed each year to advise students regarding their academic programs and progress. Undergraduate students should consult with the department’s Faculty Undergraduate Advisors about their program of study

Faculty Undergraduate Advisor: Professor Nils Detering (Financial Mathematics (FMS), Actuarial Science)
Schedule an appointment
Office: SH 5505

Faculty Undergraduate Advisor: Professor Yuedong Wang (Statistics and Data Science)
Drop in Office Hours Here: Tuesday & Thursdays, 4-5pm 

The Faculty Undergraduate Advisor can give general guidance on:

  • Graduate School Options
  • Evaluate General Academic Progress
  • Guidance on programs of study
  • Research Options
  • Career Exploration and Advising


Actuarial Program Director & Advising for BS/MS Actuarial Students

Students that are interested in the combined BS/MS Actuarial Program will work closely with the Actuarial Program Director, Dr. Hal Pedersen, with regards to academic goals, progress, and objectives both in undergrad status and in grad status.

Actuarial Program Director and Advisor: Professor Hal Pedersen
Office: SH 5513