One-on-One Virtual Student Advising

While BIO continues to serve students online, we invite you to access our One-on-One Virtual Student Advising. You will be placed into a virtual waiting room until it's your turn to see an advisor. See below for Virtual Student Advising hours and access instructions. 

For non-urgent issues, please email

Virtual Student Advising hours (PDT)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–4 p.m.

Please note that there is no student advising on Wednesdays.

How to access the Virtual Student Advising Waiting Room

  • All participants are required to sign into a Zoom account prior to accessing Virtual Student Advising. Use your CalNet ID to sign into Zoom. (Review instructions for signing into Zoom from your desktop application, web browser, or mobile app.) Participants who are not eligible for a UC Berkeley Zoom account can create a free, consumer Zoom account or dial in by phone (see access instructions below).
  • Click this Zoom link to join the waiting room between 10-11 a.m. for morning advising and 1-3 p.m. for afternoon advising. (Although the Zoom meeting may appear "open" after these cutoff times, we can only guarantee that an advisor will meet with you if you enter the waiting room by the posted cutoff time. Students who enter the waiting room after the cutoff times may be seen if advisor availability allows.)

What to expect when you join the Zoom waiting room

During peak periods, please allow an hour or more to be signed in for advising. After you are signed in, you will return to the waiting room and will be notified when an advisor is ready to meet with you (this may take another hour during peak periods). We are doing our best to sign students in and see them as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience!

Phone Access Instructions

  • Call +1 669-900-6833

  • Enter Meeting ID code: 992-1347-3593 #

  • When asked for your Participant ID, select #

OPT/STEM OPT Document Checks

Applying for OPT or STEM OPT? Attend a BIO Document Check Workshop to make sure your application is complete before mailing it to USCIS. Details can be found on our Events Calendar

Please note that advisors can not perform individual document checks during advising hours.