Welcome to the CAED Advising Center

CAED Advising Mission Statement

CAED Advising Center strives to provide its students with effective academic advising in an encouraging atmosphere as they navigate their unique undergraduate professional experiences. Our commitment is to our students and their academic, professional, and future success. We believe in an Open Door Policy to encourage students to utilize the Advising Center without an appointment to discuss any matter of importance they may have.

Mitra NafisiDirector, CAED Advising Center

Mitra Nafisi

Email: caedadvising@calpoly.edu
Location: Architecture Building (05), Room 210
Phone: 805.756.1325



Academic Advisor

Coming soon!

Email: caedadvising@calpoly.edu
Location: Architecture Building (05), Room 210
Phone: 805.756.1325


Summer 2020, advising drop-in and appointments will be online through Zoom:

Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-12:00pm, Friday by appointment only through caedadvising@calpoly.edu

To meet with an advisor virtually, please follow the directions below:

  1. Download the free Zoom app with your Cal Poly login information.
    • You must have the app downloaded to your computer or phone. Using just the web browser will not allow you to meet privately with an advisor.
  2. Test the Zoom app with your Cal Poly login information.
  3. During the above times, when you’re ready click to meet with an advisor using your laptop, phone, or tablet:


Student Assistants

Email: caedadvising@calpoly.edu
Location: Architecture Building (05), Room 210
Phone: 805.756.1325





         Anurit Pahal                      Gaun Cho                        

CAED Advising and Student Resources

The CAED Advising Center provides academic advising and related services as listed below to students in the five majors in the CAED (Architecture, Architectural Engineering, City & Regional Planning, Construction Management and Landscape Architecture).

Dual Advising Model

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design offers a dual advising model for students in the college. This means that you will have access to two sources of academic advising, the CAED Advising Center and your departmental Faculty Advisor.

Please check with your department to find out the name, office location and advising hours of your faculty advisor. Meet with your faculty advisor before registration every quarter. Some departments have mandatory advising. If advising is mandatory, please contact your faculty advisor to set up an appointment. Failure to do so will result in a hold on your future registration.

Faculty advisors can provide the following services and more:

  • Help students plan a balanced and realistic schedule.
  • Answer course content questions
  • Help students improve their academic performance.
  • Provide career advising
  • Provide information about graduate schools, coops, and future jobs

We encourage you to proactively build rapport with your professional academic advisors as well as your faculty advisor for academic and career guidance throughout your time at Cal Poly.

Transfer Students

Advising Services

  • General Education and Breadth requirements (GE&B)
  • Information on jobs, scholarships, competitions
  • Process student-related forms such as curriculum substitution, course withdrawal, course conflict, change of major, etc.
  • Referral to university resources
  • Review of student's academic record

Academic Probation

Probation & Disqualification

An undergraduate student is automatically placed on academic probation when his or her grade point average drops below 2.0 for the current term, the Cal Poly cumulative, or the higher education cumulative.

Visit the CAED Academic Probation Page for more information.

Study 25-35 Hours/Week

Study 25-35 hours/week; 2 hours/unit/weekThe College of Architecture and Environmental Design Advising Center supports the "Study 25-35 Hours per Week" program.

25-35: What is it?

Academic success is your responsibility, in class and out of class. You must approach your coursework as a 40-50 hour work week.

Study 2 hours/week/unit or 25-35 hours in addition to in class time. Lab/ studio courses sometimes entails additional out-of-class expectations.

Good study habits are the foundation of a successful career at Cal Poly.

Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to be successful!  We want you to be a Cal Poly graduate!

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