Do you want to earn credit towards your degree, build your resume, and help your classmates? If so, consider becoming a Peer Advisor.
Welcome to Advising in the College of Urban and Public Affairs. Each department within CUPA provides faculty, graduate assistants, and/or peer advisors who advise students who have questions related to their major requirements. To get started, connect with your advisor:
Academic advising assists students with the following:
- Exploration of personal goals
- Exploration of career and academic goals (including graduation and professional programs)
- Integration of personal, academic and career goals
- Selection of general education option, degree and major or program of study
- Selection and scheduling of courses
- Understanding University policies and regulations
- Information about and referral to University resources and services
How to Connect with Your Advisor
Graduate students in need of advising and prospective graduate students with questions should contact the faculty advisor or department contact in their program of study:
- Masters in Political Science: Dr. Chris Shortell
- Masters in Criminology & Criminal Justice: Dr. Danielle McGurrin
- Masters in Urban and Regional Planning: Tracy Braden
- Masters in Urban Studies:Dr. Loren Lutzenhiser
- Ph.D. in Urban Studies & Planning: Dr. Connie Ozawa
- Master of Public Health (Health Management and Policy): Dr. Neal Wallace
- Masters of Public Administration (Health Administration): Dr. Neal Wallace
- Masters of Public Administration: Ms. Megan Heljeson
- Executive Master of Public Administration: Ms. Tiffany McElmurry
- Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy: Dr. Sherril Gelmon
- Ph.D. in Public Affairs & Policy: Dr. Bruce Gilley
Unless otherwise noted, all undergraduate student advising services are provided by the College of Urban & Public Affairs Advising Center, located on the 5th floor of the Urban Center Building, 506 SW Mill St., Suite 540, Portland, OR. You may contact the office by email or by phone at 503-725-9210. Please note that the CUPA Advising Center serves undergraduates only!
To schedule an advising session, locate the appropriate resource below. You may book an appointment online, by email or by phone at 503-725-9210. Once you've scheduled your appointment, please review these tips on how to prepare for your session.
Since availability is limited, you should schedule an appointment well in advance of time-sensitive situations such as registration, withdrawal periods, etc. If you have a quick question, please consider sending it via email for a speedy response. Depending upon your need, drop-in consultations with a peer advisor may also be available, see the drop in calendar.
For Transfer Students
Prospective transfer students with advising questions are encouraged to meet with advisors in the majors you are interested in pursuing, selecting from the list below. If you are unsure which majors/programs you plan to pursue, you can receive general advising information in Advising & Career Services.
Undergraduate Majors in Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) Campus Program
If you are enrolled in on-campus CCJ classes, you may utilize the on-campus advising services provided by the College of Urban & Public Affairs Advising Center, located on the 5th floor of the Urban Center Building, Suite 540, next to the CCJ offices. Use the contact info below to contact an advisor.
Schedule an appointment with the first available Criminology & Criminal Justice Advisor or with one of the specific advisors below:
Undergraduate Majors in Criminology & Criminal Justice Fully Online (CCJO) Program
If you are enrolled in the CCJ online program, please use the contact info below. The CCJO program provides specialized academic advising tailored to the fully online format. Please see the CCJ Online Advising Center Website for more information.
Undergraduate Majors in Political Science and Minors in Civic Leadership
Advising services are provided by the College of Urban & Public Affairs Advising Center, located on the 5th floor of the Urban Center Building, Suite 540. Schedule an appointment with the first available Political Science Advisor or with one of the specific advisors below:
Undergraduate Majors in Community Development
Advising services are provided by the College of Urban & Public Affairs Advising Center, located on the 5th floor of the Urban Center Building, Suite 540. Our in-office Academic Advisor and Student Services Coordinator is Tracy Braden. She is best seen by appointment, which can be scheduled online.
Undergraduate Majors in the School of Community Health
Advising is provided for you by the College of Urban & Public Affairs Advising Center, Urban Center Building, Suite 540. Since availability is limited, you should schedule an appointment well in advance of time-sensitive situations such as registration, withdrawal periods, etc. Drop-in is available! Schedule an appointment with the first available School of Community Health Advisor or one of the specific advisors below:
Are You a Newly Admitted Undergraduate Student?
In order to register for their first term at PSU, newly admitted undergraduate students must attend an Orientation: Advising & Registration session.