Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Who is eligible for CLAS?FAQ
Registered UCSB undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in all CLAS services at no extra cost. Services at CLAS have been pre-paid through student fees and state core funds.

Do I need to enroll in all services?
Instructional groups require enrollment, workshops and appointments (academic skills, ESL and writing) require a one-time sign up. Enrollment services at CLAS begins the first day of every quarter at noon. UCSB students can enroll online or in person.

For all enrollment inquiries, contact Dan Givens (805) 893-3269.

Do all services require pre-enrollment?

CLAS drop-in services are available for registered UCSB students and do not require pre-enrollment. See program tabs for corresponding program schedules and locations.


Where can I print a paper at the SRB?

You can print your paper at no cost at any GauchoPrint location. There is a GauchoPrint location here in the SRB in the Atrium on the first floor (near the bathrooms). For additional locations to print papers, refer to this map:

Campus GauchoPrint Map

Are you on Social Media?

Yes! Follow us on Instagram to stay connected.

Why do students utilize CLAS?

Over half of UCSB undergraduates utilize CLAS services every year. Benefits include increased confidence, improved grades, and completion of majors and degrees. CLAS covers the span of lower division course-specific instructional support in economics, engineering, math and the sciences, academic skills development, graduate school preparation, ESL, foreign language, and writing services.

Can I hire a private tutor or get a list of tutors to contact?
CLAS does not provide private tutoring. If you are seeking a private tutor outside of CLAS’s services, you may contact Career Services at  

What makes CLAS different from other types of tutoring assistance?

It may seem like a small thing, but the day in-day out interactions with students lets me zero in on the things each individual is good at, bad at, needs to work on, etc.. I can take a more holistic approach to tutoring, where the specific course I am helping them with is merely a vehicle to help them develop a broader range of skills: how to take notes in an organized fashion, how to review prerequisite material, how to boil down a topic to its bare essentials, how to connect a topic to what they are learning in other courses as well as real life situations, how to remember things better, how to draw, how to communicate clearly.
~Alex Pavellas, CLAS Math/Physics Instructor

I think that before college, tutoring is seen as purely remedial. At UCSB, students use CLAS proactively, to stay on top of the material so that they don't fall behind. The fact that we see 50% of all the undergrads on campus speaks to that.
~Emma Cristofani, Writing, ESL, & Foreign Language Coordinator

It's the quality of our services. As I’m responsible for archiving the CLAS Group Reviews submitted by our students, I know full well how valuable CLAS’ tutoring service is to UCSB students. I often see remarks like, “Couldn’t have passed the course without CLAS’ help”, and “The CLAS tutor was better at helping me understand the material than the professor.” Whether it’s our full time instructors or our student tutors, there is no doubt that CLAS’s tutoring staff is of the highest quality and will, without question, help any student needing academic assistance in the courses tutored by CLAS.
~Dan Givens, Online & Operations Manager

Where is Building 300 (or Building 434)?

CLAS frequently utilizes the four classrooms located in Building 300. Building 300 is directly across from South Hall. (Building 434 is just south of Bldg 300.) See map snippet below:

Building 300