Undergraduate Programs

As the only computing-focused school in the University of California system, the Bren School offers a broad array of undergraduate majors and minors in virtually every principal area within its three departments — Computer Science, Informatics and Statistics — as well as many interdisciplinary topics.

We invite you to explore the links on this page, which feature our courses, majors, and policies, as well as opportunities for student life in ICS. If you need assistance with specific questions about the undergraduate student experience, please contact our Office of Student Affairs, whose information is listed below.

Contact Information

Bren School Student Affairs
ICS Building, Suite 352 
Irvine, CA 92697-3430

Phone: (949) 824-5156
Fax: (949) 824-4163
E-mail: ucounsel@uci.edu

Student Affairs Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Questions submitted through e-mail will be reviewed by a peer academic advisor or undergraduate counselor.

  • Due to the volume of e-mails received, expect to wait a minimum of 2-3 business days for a response.
  • If your question is complex or time sensitive, we recommend that you come to walk-in hours or schedule an appointment.

For information regarding academic advising workshops and student org meetings, check out our SAO Events Calendar.

Undergraduate Student Affairs Staff

Kristine Bolcer

Director of Student Affairs

Neha Rawal

Associate Director of Student Affairs

Michelle Nguyen

Undergraduate Counselor

Edna Valdez

Undergraduate Counselor

Joell Emoto-Johnston

Undergraduate Counselor

Majde Al Salibi

SAO Assistant

Lumen Hwang

Instructional Support Manager

Byron Padilla

Peer Academic Advisor

Steven Chalmers

Peer Academic Advisor

Jose Vargas

Peer Academic Advisor

Anqi Xu

Peer Academic Advisor

Peer counselors have completed intensive training from the Division of Undergraduate Education and the Bren School's SAO counselors. They are available for walk-in advising in the ICS Student Affairs Office (CS Building 1, Ste. 352) during the regular academic year only.

Most walk-ins during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters will be with a Peer Academic Advisor. For more information on when appointments and walk-ins are available and how the types of meeting differ, please see the Appointments and Walk-In Advising page.


» Career Counseling

We highly recommend that students meet with a Career Counselor each quarter.

Career Center Information:


100 Student Services 1
(Across from Student Center Starbucks)
Irvine, CA 92697-2075

Explore their website for upcoming workshops, events, career fairs and more!

Please contact a Career Counselor to discuss any career-related concerns such as finding internships, full-time jobs, creating a portfolio, resume review or exploring career options.

Students may also sign up for an appointment with a Career Counselor using Handshake.  Please note that appointments typically book 1-3 weeks in advance based on demand.


» Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Gopi Meenakshisundaram

Please contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at adsa@ics.uci.edu if you would like to discuss concerns (not related to specific academic advising), or share your thoughts and recommendations about any aspect of the Bren School's undergraduate program.

Please call the SAO's front desk at (949)824-5156 to find out his hours of availability.