Undergraduate Academic Advising

Advising Updates

The CIS Advising office will be available for advising appointments only during the summer. Please use the below appointment links to schedule a time to connect with one of our undergraduate advisors. Drop-In Advising hours will resume mid-August.

Students looking for additional Drop-In Advising for longer (non-degree audit) discussions can also check out the calendar below:

Additional Drop-In Advising Schedule for CIS

Please refer to the above calendar to determine if the additional Drop-In Advising session you wish to attend is in-person or virtual (the Zoom link will be in the calendar).

You can always contact us via email as well at 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 – CIS + DMD (interim advisor)

Rob Lee (Academic Advisor) Appointments – CIS + NETS (interim advisor)

Professor Joseph Devietti (UG Chair) Appointments


CIS Undergraduate Chair (Professor Joseph Devietti)

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


Sr. Director of Academic Affairs (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 when the waitlist opens up or is already open you will be added to it. 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.

Helpful Links:

Undergraduate Program:

Your CIS Contacts:

Jessica Kimpel
Academic Advisor
Office: 308 Levine
Email: jkimpel@seas.upenn.edu

Rob Lee
Academic Advisor
Office: 308 Levine
Email: rkplee@seas.upenn.edu

Laura Fox
Associate Director
Office: 309 Levine
Phone: 215-898-3191
Email: lffox@seas.upenn.edu

Lee Dukes
Sr. Director of Academic Affairs
Office: 361 Levine
Email: ldukes@seas.upenn.edu

Dr. Joseph Devietti
Undergraduate Curriculum Chair
Office: 572 Levine
Email: devietti@cis.upenn.edu