To make an appointment, please call the Orfalea College of Business Student Services office at (805) 756-2601 or plan to stop in during our regular office hours.

Drop-In Advising

Come by during drop-in hours to meet with a Professional Advisor to support you for non-curriculum related questions or concerns.

Times: Mondays – Thursday,  11:00 am – 12:00

Location: Orfalea Student Services, 03-100

Majors & Concentrations

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Cal Poly Academic Advising Resources

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Study Abroad & International Resources

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Registration Demonstrations

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Senior Project

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Academic Probation & Disqualification Policy

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Change of Major

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Course / Term Withdrawal

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Orfalea’s Professional Advising Staff


AMY CARTER, Assistant Dean for Student Success | Ext. 2940
• Oversight for Orfalea Student Services operations, which includes Peer and Professional Advising, Peer Mentoring,
Tutoring, Career Readiness, and Student Ambassadors.
• Implementation of university and college processes, policies and support involved with assisting students from firsttime
enrollment to degree attainment.
• Campus Liaison – Handling sensitive student cases, Title IX, Enrollment Issues & Parent Concerns.
• Enrollment Management.
• Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives. Career Readiness Inititives, BUS 206 & 306


LILY CLARK, Assistant Director of Advising | Ext. 2601

• Oversees Peer Advising program and Orfalea Student Ambssador program.

• Provides enrollment management support for areas, block scheduling, and support for curricular issues. Co-
coordinates the Orfalea change of major process.

• Coordinates marketing, digital signage content and communication for students (including Orfalea’s student weekly
• Coordinates International Student Support and exchange programs.
• Co-teaches BUS 100, 2-unit orientation course for all first-quarter freshmen.


KATELYN O’BRIEN, Assistant Director of Support Programs & Services | Ext. 5295
• Oversight of the college’s academic probation and disqualification processing, communications, requirements, and
readmission process.
• Provides developmental advising and counseling support to students on academic probation or students facing
personal or academic challenges.
• Provides intentional outreach, support, and services for specialized at-risk student populations.
• Coordinates Orfalea’s Mentor Connection Program and Orfalea OutREACH, the college’s Faculty and Staff online
referral system.
• Manages developmental programming, workshops, and student success initiatives.
• Co-teaches BUS 100, 2-unit orientation course for all first-quarter freshman.

JUSTIN GOMEZ, Professional Academic Advisor & Success Coach | Ext. 6-5356
Provides support and specialized programming for underserved populations such as Orfalea Cal Poly Scholars and the
Multicultural Business Program.
• Coordinates Orfalea’s Tutoring Program.
• Co-teaches BUS 100, a 2-unit orientation course for all first-time freshmen.

CHELSEA KIDWELL, Career Readiness Advisor | Ext. 6-5304
• Supports college-wide career initiatives by working closely with Cal Poly Career Services, employers and alumni
to develop new programs that prepare business students to compete for in-demand positions.
• Provides developmental career advising to students throughout their college expereience on topics such as
professionalism, internships, and job search strategies.
• Coordinates career events including alumni panels, industry tours, and mentoring opportunities with industry


YOVANI ALEXANDER, Academic Advisor | Ext. 6-1753
• Coordinates the Orfalea change of major process.
• Provides developmental advising support to 2nd year students on Academic Probation.
• Provides support and specialized programming for transfer students.
• Co-teaches BUS 100, 2-unit orientation course for all first-quarter freshmen.