At Cal Poly Humboldt, academic advisors play a vital role in a student’s educational experience using a developmental academic advising approach. Developmental academic advising is an intentional process that facilitates students’ academic, professional, and personal development. Using student development theory to establish learning outcomes, advisors help students get the most out of their college experience. By honoring students’ identities and lived experiences, they connect students to campus and community resources, provide information about opportunities to enhance their education (e.g. study abroad, internships) support timely progress to degree, and discuss how students can integrate their education into their personal and professional goals. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor throughout the academic year and must meet at least once a semester to review their 3-semester DARS degree plan and to facilitate registration for their next term.
Academic & Career Advising Center
The ACAC helps students reach their potential personally, academically, and professionally. We start with their transition to college by providing resources, academic advising, and a road map for gaining the most from their college experience. Cal Poly Humboldt is in the process of transitioning to professional academic advisors for all first- and second-year students with students in their third year and beyond assigned to a faculty academic advisor in their major. Visit the Academic & Career Advising Center website for information and resources.
Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence
El Centro Académico Cultural de Humboldt
El Centro works primarily with students of Latin American decent in navigating pathways to success that honors and respects their cultural and historical trajectory. Visit the El Centro Académico Cultural de Humboldt website to learn more about the cultural and academic programs, events and resources.
Indian Tribal and Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP)
ITEPP, established in 1969, provides academic advising, co-curricular programming, educational planning, and academic support focused on Indigenous methods of learning and community accountability. ITEPP provides Native students with a sense of belonging centered around cultural values, beliefs, and traditions that assist students in navigating higher education with confidence, which builds self-efficacy. Students receive valuable leadership skills, access to scholarships & internship opportunities, connection to local tribes, agencies, and resources. To sum it up, participants will find a “home away from home” atmosphere at the ITEPP house, nurtured by caring staff. Visit the Native American Center website for information about services, resources and events.
Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Center
Our main goal is to allow students to get involved, and feel at home within the Humboldt community. We provide a welcoming space, where we encourage dialogue centered around diversity, social justice, equity, and inclusion. Visit the Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion website to learn about the center, resources, events and academic internships.
Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence
The Center is a Pan African cultural community of students who self identify with any the diverse identities represented within the African diaspora. We are part of an effort to elevate the level of African diasporic knowledge. This cultural community seeks to uplift and support its students academically, professionally and personally through advising and mentorship. Visit the Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence website to learn about the center, resources, and events.
Indian Natural Resources, Science & Engineering Program
The Indian Natural Resources, Science & Engineering Program + Diversity in STEM (INRSEP+) provides academic and research support to students from groups historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields with an enhanced focus on American Indian students. For more information see the INRSEP website.
The campus pre-law advisors provide guidance for applying and attending law school, pursuing other law related careers. Visit the Pre-Law Advising website for more information.
Pre-Professional Health Advising
Pre-professional advising for admission to health science professional schools (including medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, and pharmacy) is available from designated faculty in the Biological Sciences and Chemistry departments. See Pre-Professional Health in the catalog.
Center for Community Based Learning
The Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) is the campus hub for service learning and internship courses that apply classroom learning to address community needs. CCBL supports the students and faculty involved in these courses, while coordinating hundreds of approved community learning sites, many of which are located right here in Humboldt County. More information is available on the Center for Community Based Learning website.
Youth Educational Services (YES)
YES offers leadership and volunteer opportunities through student-directed programs addressing social issues and under-met needs in the community. These programs engage with children, youth, seniors, LGBTQIA+ and marginalized cultural communities, families experiencing homelessness and the environment. More information is available on the Youth Educational Services website.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) & Student Support Services
The Educational Opportunity Program and Student Support Services provide admissions assistance and academic support for low-income and first-generation college students. The program is designed to improve access and retention of historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students.
Once admitted into the EOP or Student Support Services program, students receive academic and financial aid advising, tutoring, learning skills assistance, mentoring, and participate in academic enrichment activities designed to enhance academic success.
The Learning Center supports academic performance and helps students progress to degree through skill development, tutoring, and structured collaborative learning. Visit the Learning Center website for information on tutoring, supplemental instruction, the writing studio and more.
The Cal Poly Humboldt Library offers a welcoming and creative learning environment for our diverse population of students and supports research and scholarship with services and resources, including collaborative workspaces, quiet spaces, research help, textbooks, digital media equipment, the Makerspace, workshops, events, and more. Visit the Library website for more information, to connect with a librarian, or to access materials you need to succeed.
Student Disability Resource Center
The Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) provides services in support of the educational experience of students with disabilities attending Cal Poly Humboldt. Visit the Student Disability Resource Center website for services, resources, and how to register for support services.
Veterans Enrollment and Transition Services (VETS)
Student veterans and staff at Cal Poly Humboldt are committed to the academic success and career goals of our military-affiliated students. Located in the Lower Library, Room 58, we offer programs and services to assist with academic, financial, and career goals. VETS processes enrollment certifications for the Montgomery GI Bill® and processes the California Department of Veterans Affairs fee waiver. Information about veteran’s education benefits, tutorial services, military credit evaluation, and the VA work-study program is also available. We have an on-campus counselor from the local Veteran Center to assist with transitional counseling. All military-affiliated students are invited to join our Student Veterans Association and become an integral part of Humboldt’s student life and the veteran’s community. We have signed on to the Principles of Excellence to best serve our military-affiliated population as well as the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding for our active-duty members. More information is available on the Veterans Enrollment and Transition Services website or by phone 707-826-6272.
Women’s Resource Center
The center sponsors workshops, speakers, films, concerts, and other events to promote an awareness of the roles, achievements, and concerns of women. Visit the Women’s Resource Center website for information about support groups, educational activities, and resource materials.