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Advising Center

College of Social Sciences Advising Center

We will be offering in-person and Zoom advising appointments. Please contact our office for any special accommodations you may need for your appointment. To eliminate the possible spread of COVID-19, please do not come into the office if you are not feeling well or have symptoms related to COVID-19.

Our Location: McKee Fisk 207 

COSS Advising Center Spring 2024 Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

CLOSED FOR LUNCH: 12:00pm-1:00pm

For General Questions: call us at 559-278-3422 or email us: 

Summer Zoom Walk-Ins (Will begin June 25th)

Walk-in Times: 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm

Join Zoom Walk-ins 

If the room is "locked by host", this means we have met capacity for that session and locked the link to ensure we can meet with everyone on time. Please try again at the next walk-in session. We appreciate your patience.


Walk-ins are for the following:

  • Class registration issues/questions
  • Grad Checks
  • Clear Transfer Advising Hold (not ANTH or PLSI, see faculty) or Mandatory Advising Hold (not ANTH or PLSI, see faculty)

Walk-ins are not for the following:

  • Grad Plans/SAP Plans/ROTC/AFRTOC Plans
  • Probation Holds

Issues logging on to Zoom? Click for instructions


Contact an Advisor

Use the following list below to contact an academic advisor. Please do not email multiple advisors at once in regards to the same email. If you've been working with a specific advisor in the past, feel free to continue working with them.

Emails must be sent from your Fresno State email and include your student ID# in the text.

Advisor Contacts
Name Email
Ross Whitton - Coordinator

Isamar Alvarado - Academic Counselor 

Jessica McVay- Academic Counselor

Sonya Peña - Academic Counselor

Lisa Vang - Academic Counselor

If you have a major/minor in our college, you can schedule a one-on-one appointment with an advisor on Bulldog Connect, attached are the directions here


The College of Social Sciences Advising Center strives to empower students to be active, responsible learners by fostering lifelong learning and student development through a holistic advising approach.

We are committed to the success of our students by providing academic advising services to support the achievement of their educational, career, and life goals. We encourage our students to take ownership of their educational experience, we foster an academic relationship between student and counselor, and we collaborate with campus partners to provide a quality educational experience.

The following values guide academic advising at the College of Social Sciences Advising Center:

  • Empowerment
  • Inclusiveness
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Advocacy

  • Advising on majors, minors, and certificates within the COSS
  • Academic Plans
  • Class Registration Assistance 
  • General Education Requirements
  • Degree Requirements/Grad Checks
  • How to read your Degree Progress Report (DPR)
  • Clearing Registration Holds
  • Change of Major (within the COSS)