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Aggie Advising for New Students

Welcome Aggies!

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. This page is designed to ensure our incoming students are aware of their next steps in the orientation process. Please read through all of the information on this page prior to contacting a MAE Advisor.

MAE Advising has also created an interactive LinkTree that covers many of the common questions new students have regarding our majors and department. You may access this information by clicking here.  

Step 1: Complete Aggie 101

  • Access Aggie 101
  • Before learning about the College of Engineering, and the MAE Department, learn more about UC Davis and the resources available to you. 

    Students may access the Aggie 101 modules:

    First Year Students: May 7th, 2024
    Transfer Students: June 5th, 2024

    Please click here for additional information

Step 2: Complete Canvas Module for the College of Engineering

  • Accessing Canvas Module
  • These modules will delve more into the academic side of orientation. They will mainly cover how to enroll in courses, what to consider for your first schedule in Fall and how to determine your transfer credit/AP/IB Scores.

    You may begin accessing these modules after completing Aggie 101. 

    First Year Students: May 20th
    Transfer Students: June 10th

    Click here for additional information.

Step 3: Attend the MAE Department Group Advising Session (This event is on Zoom)


During this interactive session, MAE Advisors will cover the degree requirements for the major, advising resources, and walk you though the process of building your (3) quarter academic plan. If possible, it is best to participate in this session from a computer. 

Step 4: Attend the MAE Department Orientation (This event is in-person)

We want to make sure you get all the information you need to begin Fall classes with confidence. To do that, your advisor encourages you to come prepared any questions you may have. The following tips will help you get ready.

  • MAE Orientation Dates (In-Person)
  • During these orientation sessions, a MAE advisor will briefly discuss some key tips to consider when adjusting the to UC Davis system and review specific College of Engineering and MAE department specific information.

    Transfer Students - Wednesday, Sept 18 @ 1:30pm-3pm
    First Year Students - Friday, Sept 20 @ 10:30am-12pm

    The locations of these events will be shared via your UC Davis email closer to the date listed above.

OPTIONAL Aggie Advising appointments 

  • Speaking with a MAE advisor is completely optional for incoming students.
  • Many of your common questions can be answered through Aggie 101 and the COE Canvas.
  • If you have additional questions, same day advising/advising appointments may be available beginning in August, 2024.


Are you considering a different major other than Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering?

Additional Resources

  • Login to Schedule Builder to check your Pass time and search for the courses your advisor has recommended.
  • Check your UC Davis email for important announcements and reminders.
  • For computer recommendations for engineering students, please click here