Contact a counselor

The primary focus of the Student Affairs Office is to assist students and faculty with University policies, procedures, and requirements related to the Bren ICS academic programs. The graduate staff coordinates the graduate admissions process, fellowships, and the yearly graduate student review. It also handles the various forms and administrative functions relating to graduate students.

  • Prospective students, please visit or contact the Bren School Graduate Office at for specific questions regarding admission procedures, required exams, fellowships, and degree requirements that were not answered on the Admissions page.
  • Current students, please visit or contact the Bren School graduate counselors during remote walk-in hours, which are online from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. If you cannot make these times, please send an email to set up an appointment. Counselors are also available via email for specific questions regarding your academic planning, course scheduling, and progress on degree requirements.


The Bren School Student Affairs Office is located in the Information and Computer Science Building, Suite 352 (building #302 on campus map).


Monday - Friday

9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

Remote Walk-In Hours: 1:00pm-3:30pm


Telephone (949) 824-5156
Fax (949) 824-4163
Mailing Address ICS Graduate Office
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
352 Information & Computer Science Bldg
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3430


M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate Counselors
Leslie Escalante and Majde Al Salibi 

Professional Programs Graduate Counselor
Vanessa Tafreshi

Director of ICS Student Affairs
Kris Bolcer

Remote walk-in counseling is available online from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.


Please contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at to discuss concerns (not related to specific academic advising), or share your thoughts and recommendations about any aspect of the Bren School's graduate programs.

The Associate Dean holds weekly office hours in the Bren School Student Affairs Office (SAO). Please call the SAO's front desk at (949) 824-5156 for quarterly hours of availability.