Advising Appointments

If you would like more information about our 21 supported scholarships or Pre-Application requirements, you may schedule an Advising Appointment or attend Drop-In Hours.

  • New students who have not yet submitted a Pre-Application will meet with an SOP Student Advisor.
  • Please note that advising with a Student Advisor is optional and not required if you want to begin the Pre-Application process.
  • You may find that the answer to your question is already posted to our Frequently Asked Questions page. ​

While Summer 2020 Quarter remote learning is in effect, all advising appointments will be held via Zoom videoconference or phone. Virtual Drop-In hours will also be available via Zoom. 

I. Prepare for your Appointment or Drop-In Meeting

  • Before booking an appointment with the SOP staff, please make sure you have completed the Prospective Recipient Information Form.

    • Filling out this form includes adding your unofficial transcript(s) and a resume, so that the advising appointment can hone in on scholarships specific to you.
    • If you are unable to submit the unofficial transcript(s) and resume via the form, please email them to

II. Book a One-on-One Advising Appointment (Year-Round)

  • Use the Appointments system to book a one-hour advising appointment

    • If you would like to have a Zoom videoconference, include "Zoom" in the Reason box. At least one hour prior to your selected meeting time, your Student Advisor will email you a confirmation message, including the link to your scheduled Zoom meeting.
    • If you would prefer a phone appointment, enter your phone number and check the "Phone appointment" box. 

    • You may also use this system to cancel or change your appointment time. 

    • Appointments are typically offered during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, excluding campus holidays).

    • Appointments are approximately 2 to 4 days in the future to allow staff time to carefully review your submission.

    • If you are unable to locate an appointment time that meets your needs, please email with "SOP – Advising Appointments Request" in the subject line for further assistance.

III. Speak to a Student Advisor during Drop-In Hours

For Summer Quarter 2020, Drop-In Hours will be held during Weeks 1-10, via Zoom videoconferencing. 
  • During a Student Advisor's designated Drop-In Hours (see table below), please access our Zoom waiting room
  • The waiting room tool allows our staff to respect each student's privacy during busy Drop-In sessions. When you join the waiting room, the Student Advisor on duty will either add you to the meeting, or message you with an estimated wait time.

Drop-in Hours for Summer 2020:

NameTitleWeeksHours of Availability
Sophia DonaireStudent Advisor1-10Thursdays 5:00-6:00PM

Note: Drop-in services are typically not offered during Finals Week, Welcome Week, Summer Session, or gap weeks between academic quarters.

Explorer's 11

Traiblazer's 10

Pre-Application Deadline: October 26, 2020 Noon

Pre-Application Deadline: November 9, 2020 Noon

Pre-Application Deadline: April 12, 2021 Noon

*For China, Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong passport holders, Pre-App Deadline: March 9, 2020, Noon.

Once you have sent in a Pre-Application, within 48 hours you will receive a confirmation email with information regarding how to enroll in our online Canvas course. Your enrollment in the Canvas course is your next official step for the SOP application and advising process.