Data Science Advising

Winter Break Advising Schedule

Data Science Advising will have LIMITED advising services online January 3-14, 2022 - the best way to reach us during this time is to email We will resume full advising services in the first week of classes in Spring semester.

Academic advisors are available to help students choose classes, explore academic interests, and declare the major.

Meet the Data Science Advisors

Laura Imai Advisor Headshot

Laura Imai


Director of Advising

Marjorie Ensor Advisor Headshot

Marjorie Ensor


Data Science Advisor

Amanda Dillon Advisor Headshot

Amanda Dillon


Data Science Advisor

Aaron Giacosa Advisor Headshot

Aaron Giacosa


Data Science Advisor

Types of Advising

Drop-in advising for Data Science is available from both staff advisors and peer advisors. Staff advisors are also available for advising by appointments. Please see the chart below for help deciding who you would like to meet with: 

Appointments with Major Advisors are generally for longer conversations, like: Major Advisor Drop-Ins are generally for quick or urgent questions, like: Peer Advising Drop-Ins are generally for quick questions, like:
  • creating a 2-year or 4-year program plan
  • study abroad planning
  • academic probation or study skills
  • advice on choosing classes for the current semester
  • quick questions about requirements or procedures
  • advice needed sooner than the next available appointment
  • student perspective on choosing classes or evaluating workload
  • quick questions about requirements or procedures
  • choosing a domain emphasis (see Peer Advisor biographies for their select domain emphases)

Advising Appointments

Current students may schedule an advising appointment with a Data Science Major Advisor on CalCentral. All appointments are currently held online - you will receive a link to a Google Hangouts or Zoom meeting before your scheduled appointment time.

Advising appointments become available each weekday, up to 1 week in advance. If you don't see any appointments available, please try again the following day!

View instructions on making an advising appointment via CalCentral. Note that if you are not a declared Data Science major, you will need to select Data Science from the dropdown menu for Advisor Type.

Drop-in Advising Schedule

Drop-in advising is available during the Fall and Spring semesters from Week 1 through RRR Week, and during Summer Session. Drop-in advising is not available during Finals week or during breaks between terms.

All drop-in advising is currently offered online.

Staff Advisor Drop-in Hours 

  1. To sign in (join the waiting list) during drop-in hours, please click here button
  2. Once you have signed in, check your waiting position on the PUBLIC QUEUE.

Peer Advising Drop-in Hours 

Peer Advising is available from Weeks 2 through 14 each term. Peer Advising is not available in the summer.

  1. To sign in (join the waiting list) during drop-in hours, please click here button.
  2. Once you have signed in, check your waiting position on the PUBLIC QUEUE.

When your name reaches the top of the list, this means that you will be next so make sure to have your UC Berkeley email account open. As soon as an advisor is available, you will receive an email from a Data Science Advisor with a link to join your online Google Hangouts or Zoom session and your name will disappear from the queue around the same time. Join your Google Hangouts or Zoom session within 5 minutes of receiving the email.

You will not be able to sign in if drop-in hours have not started or have already ended. Sign-ins may end early if the waiting list is already too long for advisors to see all waiting students.