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Advising Expectations

Academic advising is a partnership between students and staff. The Statistics Department has a team of knowledgeable and experienced academic advisors available to help facilitate your success. Managing expectations about the advising process helps students and staff maintain common understanding and clarify goals to best assist students through their educational experience.

It is best to get into the habit of including your 10-digit campus ID number when contacting advising staff so we can best support you.

On this page: appointment expectations, useful advising links, attendance policy, and enrollment expectations.

Attendance Policy

Attendance policy:

With over 2000 undergraduate students in the Statistics department, advising appointments are limited. It is important that you attend your scheduled appointments (phone/virtual/in-person) to avoid wasting your own and your advisor’s time, as well as taking up space from other students who need advising.

If you can no longer attend a scheduled advising appointment, please cancel your appointment through Starfish if you are able, or send your advisor an email. Links to your advisor’s Starfish profile can be found on your major website, which are linked above in the “advising resources” section.

No-show appointments:

We define a no-show appointment in the Statistics department as:

-an appointment you do not attend

-an appointment you cancel with less than 5 minutes notice prior to the start of the meeting

-an appointment that you are more than 8 minutes late to


Students who have 2 or more no-show appointments in a row will be contacted by advising staff via email before being able to schedule another appointment with staff.

Enrollment Expectations

The Statistics department has over 2000 declared students between our Statistics and Data Science majors & certificates. Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee access into high-demand courses. Also remember that the sample 4-year enrollment plan on Guide is just one option – differing from this plan does not automatically mean you are ‘behind’ your graduation timeline.

Before enrollment

  • Ask questions early! Most advisors schedule book up 1-2 weeks in advance starting early November (for spring enrollment) and early April (for fall enrollment). Plan an appointment with an advisor to discuss your questions before these peak times so you can have questions answered by your enrollment appointment.
  • Clearing holds on your account will allow you to enroll on time.
  • Plan multiple back-up options: instead of finding one perfect schedule, have a list of alternative courses or sections within courses in the event that your first-choice course(s) is not available.
    • Note: just because a course is ‘best’ for you (i.e., a course that satisfies multiple requirements) does not mean that we can guarantee access into such courses. It may be the case that you will have to take different courses, even if that means taking a different Comm B/Physical Science/double major course than you originally planned.
    • Having a double major(s) in common areas like Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Economics, etc. will not automatically give you priority enrollment in select courses over students without a double major (unless specified in the Course Notes or Requisites section in Search & Enroll)

During enrollment

  • Enroll as close to your appointment time as possible.
  • Add yourself onto the waitlist at an appropriate time – many courses fill early but then have seats that become available later.
    • TIP: adding the waitlist two months after enrollment has started is likely not going to help you get access into courses. Plan ahead!
  • Check Search & Enroll to for new sections or sections that have opened that you are not wait listed for.
  • Read all course notes or section notes, section-level requisites, and enrollment errors. This is the best source of information to understand why you may not be able to enroll in courses. If you still are not sure, send a screenshot to an advisor for help.
  • Do not over-enroll in major courses. “Over-enrolling” means enrolling in courses beyond the recommended pacing of 2-3 quantitative and/or coding classes per term, or enrolling in more courses than you need to complete your academic program.
    • Be kind to your peers: over-enrolling can actively prevent your fellow declared students from making progress towards graduation.

After enrollment

  • Monitor your inbox often in the event that you are given enrollment access for a wait listed course, or for enrollment updates from staff.
    • Note: Permission to enroll generally expires after 24-48 hours (different departments have different policies). If you do not use your access within that timeline, your spot is given to the next person in line and we cannot guarantee that you will be given access again.
  • Be patient! Emailing frequently asking about your spot on the waitlist or whether seats will be open often delays our process of managing enrollment.


Personalized questions outside of your spot on the waitlist are always welcomed! Please feel free to communicate with an advising staff member to talk through your options.