Undergraduate Academic Advising

Advising & Procedural Updates: COVID -19

At this time we are encouraging virtual advising for our undergraduate students and below are the different ways you can connect with our staff during this time:


CIS Undergraduate Advising (Laura and Desirae):

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

Virtual Drop In Advising:

Zoom/Online Drop In Advising Schedule for Desirae and Laura.

Once you find a time that you want to virtually stop by, use the links below to enter their drop in advising in zoom.

Desirae:  Drop In Advising 

Laura:   Drop In Advising



Schedule an appointment with Desirae

Schedule an appointment with Laura

Drop in and appointments (virtual preferred) only during this time. If you can’t make it to drop in hours or appointment times please email us at cis-undergrad-advising@seas.upenn.edu and we can find a time that works for you or answer your questions.


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 – 9:30-11, 2-4 / Thur – 1-3 

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 we will prompt you via email to join 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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