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, language, and writing) require a one-time sign up. 

  • Sign up for these services online via MyCLAS using the "Sign Up & Enroll" button at the top of this page
  • For all enrollment inquiries, contact Dan Givens.

When can I enroll for CLAS services?
Enrollment services at CLAS begins the first day of classes every quarter at noon. UCSB students can enroll online or in person. 


Is CLAS doing in-person tutoring?

As of the Fall 2021 quarter, CLAS will again be offering in-person as well as online services. Please refer to our website for all of the tutoring services available.


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.
Check out our CLAS Social Media page.


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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the Top Ten Need to Know Academic Resources and Support Websites at UCSB

by Allie Diaz

 

Even though I have been attending UCSB for three years now, I still seem to learn about new resources or organizations that I had no idea were available to students. This happened to me even when we were all still on campus 24/7 (ahh the good ole days!). Because it can be pretty overwhelming going through all that UCSB has to offer, I thought I’d make a list of my top ten most useful resources I’ve encountered!


  1. MyCLAS: Sign up for academic support services offered by CLAS such as workshops, group tutorials, appointments, and more.

  2. Disabled Students Program (DSP): Provide academic accommodations, such as exam accommodations, assistive tech support, and closed captions, to students with temporary and permanent disabilities academic accommodations. 

  3. Educational Opportunity Program (EOP): Through mentorship, academic programs, one-on-one counseling/advising, and more, EOP helps first-generation and income eligible students maximize their involvement and success on campus.

  4. Opening New Doors to Accelerating Success (ONDAS): Provide first-generation college students with mentoring, academic support, and connections with faculty, staff, and peers in order to grow personally and excel academically.

  5. Transfer Student Center (TSC): Space for students who have transferred to UCSB to make connections with each other and with the resources of the campus through workshops, socials, advising, and peer mentors.

  6. Career Services: Help students gain knowledge of their occupational goals and obtain relevant career competencies and experiences through resume workshops, mock interviews, career mixers and more.

  7. Collaborate Student Support Center (CSSC): Provides support for U-Mail and UCSBnetID problems, answers to general software questions, how-to guides, open computer labs, printing, and scanning. 

  8. Nectir: UCSB campus-wide general chats that can be used by faculty, staff, and students for campus events, announcements, course channels, and engage in campus communities.

  9. Shoreline: UCSB's official community engagement tool for students, staff, and faculty to post news, questions, links, documents, and events to stay informed and connected with our community.

  10. College of Letters & Science Advising: Help students achieve their goals by sharing knowledge and analyzing their options at UCSB, particularly through academic advising.