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Your academic success is important to us at Muir. As a Muir student, you can pursue any major, and the flexibility of our General Education requirements allow many of our students to complete a minor within four years.

Muir College Academic Advising

John Muir College Academic advising is committed to guiding students from orientation through graduation by empowering them to be active participants in their education. In collaboration with university staff and faculty, we connect students with campus resources and assist them in interpreting University policy. Muir College Academic Advisors:

  • Help you make informed decisions about your academics.
  • Provide accurate information on policies, deadlines, and options.
  • Help you customize your academic plan and interpret your degree audit.
  • Refer you to specialized resources on campus to help with your goals and plans.

De-Centralized Academic Advising

UC San Diego has a de-centralized model of academic advising. Instead of a single office responsible for all advising, you will have multiple advisors with specialized roles. In addition to your Muir College Advisor, you will have other advising options:

  • Major Department Advisor will help you understand when courses are offered for your major, prerequisites for major classes, and identifying courses to fulfill your interests or goals for your major.
  • You may meet with advisors in the International Center to discuss your plans for study abroad; in the Career Service Center to help you prepare for the job market or graduate school.
  • Some students identify a faculty advisor or mentor.  Though some majors or programs may have a formal faculty advisor, faculty mentoring is usually informal,  and you will need to take the initiative to meet faculty whom you admire or would like to be your mentor.

Muir College Learning Outcomes

Muir College’s General Education requirements provide students with an in-depth exposure to the principal branches of human knowledge with whose methods of inquiry educated scholars and citizens should be familiar.

To this end, students are required to take one three-course sequence from a specified list in the Social Sciences; one three-course sequence from a specified list in Mathematics (Calculus) or the Natural or Physical Sciences; and two three-course sequences from specified lists in two of the following: Humanities, Foreign Language, and Fine Arts. The three-course sequence insures that students receive more than a superficial experience of each of these disciplinary areas.

To train students to read and write critically, students are further required to take a two-course sequence in university-level writing through the Muir College Writing Program.

Location & Hours

2126 Humanities and
Social Science Building
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


P: (858) 534-3580
F: (858) 534-8183 


Current Students:
Please send us your academic questions via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

General Inquiries:

Next Walk-In's:

Week 9:

Monday: 9-11am & 1-3pm
Tuesday: 1-3pm
Wednesday: 9-11am 
Thursday: 9-11am
Friday: 9-11am & 1-3pm