CADV has adopted an empowerment based approach to advising which means that our goal is to teach you the campus tools to enable you to answer any advising-related question. We want you to feel empowered to research advising answers independently and confidently. Fortunately, CSUN has some amazing technological tools that make this EASY.
CADV does NOT place holds on student registration accounts. We also do NOT require CADV students to meet face-to-face with an advisor before registering for classes or adding our major/minor; we trust that you can follow the catalog instructions (or guides on our website) and/or seek help/clarification when confused.
Our department offers various modes of advising opportunities each semester. Some of these include:
- Workshops/receptions. We offer workshops on various advising topics (e.g., how to apply for graduation, career exploration, how to pick classes) in a computer lab. This is the best way to get your individual advising needs met in a slow paced relaxed environment. Students typically use this time to learn how to use the MAP (my academic plan) to plan future courses, receive validation that they are "on track," and answer general or specific questions.
- Advising videos. CADV Peer Mentors created short 1-5 minute videos explaining critical advising topics you need to know. Start with the MAP video becauase you cannot see a faculty advisor until you have learned how to plan classes using this fun interactive "videogame-like" tool.
- Advising appointments. Book an appointment with a trained Peer Academic Leader at a time that works with your busy schedule. If you cannot attend the scheduled weekly walk-in hours, the Peer Academic Leaders will try their best to meet with you one-on-one at a time that works for you.
- Walk-in advising hours. Just drop in to meet with trained Peer Advisors (and/or Faculty Advisors for those who know how to use the MAP).
- Faculty Advisors. Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Faculty Advisor to receive help solving problems; we do not meet to do course planning (attend the workshop or meet with a peer advisor to learn how to use the MAP so you can independently determine if you are taking the right courses).
- If you have an advising question that (a) cannot be answered on our webpage AND (b) can be easily communicated, email Dr. Taylor (
First, what is the difference between commencement & graduation? Commencement = the Spring campus ceremony where students walk across the stage in their cap & gown. Graduation= the completion of your degree.
Our CADV commencement date and time varies from year to year. As the commencement date approaches information will be available online at the commencement website.
If you have a hold on your registration, you have to find the campus office that put the hold on your registration. THE CADV DEPARTMENT DOES NOT PUT AUTOMATIC HOLDS ON STUDENTS' REGISTRATION. Common reasons for holds include: