DAESA Virtual Advising Options

All advising appointments will be 20 minutes.

Email Advising

  • If you have a quick question, please feel free to email Justin Villasenor instead of setting up an advising appointment.
  • If you have a longer, more complex question, please be sure to make an appointment.

Phone Call Advising

  • If you indicate that you would prefer a Phone Call advising appointment, Justin Villasenor will call you at the phone number you provided promptly at your appointment time.

Virtual Advising

  • If you indicate that you would prefer a Zoom advising appointment, please make sure that the Zoom application is downloaded to your device.
  • SDSU students can download Zoom for free by logging in to their Office 365 account.
  • Use your SDSUid login credentials to log into Office 365. Justin will email you a unique link for your Zoom appointment promptly at your appointment time, so please be logged in to your email in advance.

 Make An Academic Advising Appointment

Email Brenda Diaz at [email protected] with questions and regarding virtual First Generation workshops and mentorship opportunities.

Email Advising

Retroactive or Late Withdrawals

  • IS3D and Undeclared Student consultations and petitions regarding retroactive withdrawal, late withdrawals, or similar issues: Email Assistant Dean Michelle Lopez at [email protected] for a phone or Zoom appointment.

Virtual Advising


Email [email protected] with transfer student questions or regarding virtual Transfer Student workshops and mentoring opportunities.


Email Advising

  • If you have a question that can be answered via email, it is strongly preferred that you utilize this option.
  • Email Michelle Knowlton at [email protected] with your question and phone number.
  • If it is easier to answer your question via phone call, Michelle will call you at the number you provided.

Phone or Virtual Advising

  • If your questions are more involved, please make a 20-minute phone or Zoom video appointment. It is strongly preferred that you choose a phone appointment since Zoom Video takes more time to set up and can cause delays in appointment times.
  • Because we are limited on time (20 minutes), please prepare the following prior to your appointment:
    • Have your degree evaluation loaded on WebPortal
    • Be ready to take notes
    • Have your phone with you and be ready to answer a call (the number will say No Caller ID)
    • If your voicemail box is full, please clear it in case she needs to leave a message

Mission and Vision

Our mission: To promote student success by providing for all undergraduate students specific academic pathways to world-class intellectual resources and transformative experiences. In our quest to support every San Diego State undergraduate student, we feature programs that prepare students even prior to applying for college admission, academic programs that serve students directly, campus-wide student success programs that feature collaboration with student affairs and the academic colleges, and faculty-oriented programs to improve teaching and learning and to assist the SDSU community to create more effective and efficient curricula.

Our vision: To ensure an undergraduate experience for every student, regardless of major, that is characterized by intentional student learning within the classroom and carefully integrated with authentic, powerful, and positive learning experiences beyond the classroom—from participating in learning communities and common intellectual experiences, to engaging in study abroad, undergraduate research, and community based service learning experiences.