Advising Services

Welcome to Advising

Advising at Marymount California University provides a high quality, caring, student-centered advising experience that promotes the educational, career, and personal development of each student.

Advising is an intentional teaching and learning process that promotes the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. Techniques of developmental advising help students explore the value of a liberal arts education, identify educational objectives that are suited to their interests and abilities, and evaluate the possible short-and long-term consequences of their choices. The development and implementation of an education plan that leads to successful graduation.

Advising serves all Marymount students by providing resources, workshops, appointments, and walk-in help in the areas of educational planning, transfer credit, and general advising services.

Who is my Advisor?

All declared majors are assigned to a program advisor within their major. Liberal Arts and undeclared majors are assigned to Advising Services. The advising relationship helps students explore and further refine their educational and career objectives, and offers opportunities for guidance and mentoring. Advisors help students continue to monitor progress towards degree completion. If you would like to meet with your advisor you can schedule an appointment.


Your Advisors

Michael Fileta, Assistant Dean for Student Success
(Liberal Arts and Undeclared Majors)

Loretta Adikhai, Coordinator of Advising Operations
(Liberal Arts and Undeclared Majors)

Valerie Anderson, Professor, Science
(Science Majors)

Kevin Barnese, Associate Professor, Chemistry
(Science Majors)

Sister Antoine-Marie Baurier, Professor, Spanish/French
(Liberal Arts and Undeclared Majors)

Silvana Constantinescu, Associate Professor, Biology
(Science Majors)

Steve Echavarria, Instructor, Arts and Media
(Film and Production Majors)

Larissa Flores, Adjunct Advisor
(Business Majors)

Tiffany Gutierrez, Academic Advisor
(Business Majors)

Susie Martin, Assistant Dean of Curriculum
(Liberal Arts and Undeclared Majors)

Adrienne Sanchez, Transcript Evaluator and Psychology Advisor
(Psychology Majors)

Alexandra Talavera, Adjunct Advisor
(Liberal Arts and Undeclared Majors)

David Tomblin, Assistant Professor, Business
(Business Majors)

Kristine Twomey, Instructor, Criminal Justice
(Criminal Justice Majors)

Core Values

Advising at Marymount California University reflects the college’s commitment to student learning, persistence and success by:

  • Promoting an ethical, intentional and respectful partnership between students and advisors.
  • Striving to provide vital information, connections and resources that ensure successful graduation from the two-and four-year degree programs available at our College and/or transfer to other institutions.
  • Promoting an intentional teaching-learning process; one that assists the student to learn critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Developing partnerships in which advisors are accessible, knowledgeable and take a personal interest in each student.

As you begin to experience the challenges, opportunities and great accomplishments that lie ahead of you, know that you have an experienced team on your side. Your academic advisor is your primary source of information, advice and support as you make the academic choices that will determine your future, either on a plan to earn an AA or BA from Marymount California University or transfer to another four-year institution. We want to help educate you so that you can make informed decisions for yourself about your future ––what you want to study, who you want to be, how you want to live. After all, it’s your future … and it looks amazing.

Once you know where to access academic and career information, you will have created a solid base from which to continue your academic advancement. Being an adult, a college student and an independent person does not negate the need for input when your future awaits. Your advisor, your professors and the staff of the Advising and Career Center can contribute their expertise and guidance as you need it.

Goals of Advising

  • Assist students to develop critical thinking, problem solving and reflective decision making skills.
  • Teach students to use these critical thinking skills to evaluate potential short and long-term outcomes of their choices, including selection of an academic major, graduate school and career path.
  • Educate students about Marymount California University’s academic policies, procedures, programs, support services and student life activities.
  • Advise students in the development of a realistic education plan, reflecting courses that fulfill requirements for major and degree attainment, internship opportunities, co-curricular and service learning requirements.
  • Develop relationships with external educational and professional communities to achieve successful transitions between Marymount California University and other institutions and organizations.

Center for Real World Learning

Monday– Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Oceanview Campus
Cecilia Hall 218
310 303-7273 Advising

Student Learning

In all our programs, MCU ensures that students advance their communication, analysis and decision-making skills, while broadening their appreciation of diverse perspectives and their ability to learn from experience. These Institutional Student Learning Outcomes flow from our commitment to Academic Excellence, Real World Learning and Character Formation.

Student Achievement

Students bring a rich array of talents and interests, leading to many forms of student achievement at MCU. What will you achieve? A distinctive Capstone presentation, surely. What else? Let MCU support your exploration and growth. Discover your interests. Develop your talents. And let your achievements shine.