Undergraduate Academic Advising

Advising Updates

The CIS Advising office is open for quick drop ins on a daily basis, if you have a quick question then please feel free to drop by the office between 1-4 on Tuesday through Thursday and 10-12 on Friday in Levine 308. If you are looking for more specific drop in advising for longer discussions you can check out the calendar below:

Zoom/Online/In person Drop In Advising Schedule for CIS

Once you find a time that you want to stop by either virtually or in person, please check the location/ zoom link in the calendar for that time.  You can always contact us by using the email below.

Email: cis-undergrad-advising@seas.upenn.edu



We also offer appointments for longer discussions (30 mins) at this time and you can find a time that works for you using the links below with the Advising Staff or the UG Chair:

Jessica Kimpel (Academic Advisor) Appointments

Rob Lee (Academic Advisor) Appointments

Professor Joseph Devietti (UG Chair) Appointments


Director of Integrated Studies – NETS, DMD, CMPE (Amy Calhoun)

Email/Online Appointments: cal1@seas.upenn.edu

Zoom/Online Drop In Hours: 

Mon – 11-12, 2-4 / Wed – 9-10, 2-3 / Thur – 1-2 

To connect to Amy during those times, please use this link: Drop In Advising


CIS Undergraduate Chair (Professor Joseph Devietti)

Email: cis-ugrad-chair@cis.upenn.edu


Director of Academic Advising (Lee Dukes)

Email: ldukes@seas.upenn.edu


Research and Academic Services (RAS – Emily Delany)

Email: eedelany@seas.upenn.edu

Emily is the CIS Wellness Liaison for the CIS students and can provide resources around wellness and academic advising, and help students navigate resources on campus. RAS has walk in hours M-Th 2-4PM located in Towne 109.


Waitlist Information

If you wish to join the CIS Waitlist for our courses you should request permission to take the course in Path@Penn first, then from there within 24 hours we will notify you when you are added to the CIS Waitlist. It could be up until the first week of courses before you get admitted into a course. If you have any questions about the waitlist process then please let us know at ciswait@seas.upenn.edu.



Changes to Undergraduate Procedures & Forms

Please see the updated changes to SEAS procedures such as petition for action forms, declaring a minor, course substitution forms, etc. by visiting the RAS website.



How Advising Works

Upon entering the program, each student is given a faculty advisor who can answer questions you have about your program and who is responsible for monitoring your course selections and performance. The best way to get in touch with your advisor is via email or attend their office hours. Your CIS advisor is listed on Path@Penn.

If you find that you are having problems with any course, please talk to the professor of the course as early as possible to see if there is some way to improve your performance. If this fails, talk to your academic adviser who may be able to point you to useful resources.

Please feel free to email the CIS advising staff with questions: cis-undergrad-advising@seas.upenn.edu.

CIS Advising Handbook

The CIS advising handbook is a repository of articles related to how to navigate through our program.

AP Credit Information:

  • Score 5 on the Java CS AP-A exam, or score a 4-5 on the Java CS AP-AB exam, awards 1 CU for CIS 1100.
  • All students must take CIS 1200.

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