Communication Advising Office

Undergraduate Advisors: Valerie Ky and Rachelle Martinez
Location: Media Center and Communication Building (MCC) 124B and 124C

Academic Advising Contact - Three Options

UCSD students can meet with an advisor in person or submit a question through VAC. The COMM Advising Office does not answer advising questions via email and phone due to confidentiality reasons. 

Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

Current UCSD students can submit a question through the Virtual Advising Center. We encourage students to contact us through VAC as much as possible for quick questions, if you can't stop by in person or the advising office is closed. 

Walk-In Advising

10 minutes walk-in advising are available throughout the quarter to help with simple questions such as:

  • Degree check 
  • Current quarter planning (not a 2 or 4 year quarter by quarter plan) 
  • Academic petition review (study abroad, double major petition, AIP 197/COMM 198/COMM 199 petitions) 
  • Pre-authorization request issues

Scheduled Appointments

Appointments are 30 minutes and are available to address more detailed and complex questions such as: 

  • Long-term quarter by quarter plan
  • Career Counseling
  • Academic Probation/Disqualification Concerns
  • Readmission Forms
  • SAP Appeal Forms
  • Options for majors
  • Questions and referrals to other campus resources

To make an advising appointment, please sign up using the COMM Advising Google Appointment Calendar. Students must log into Google Mail using your UCSD account. If you are experiencing trouble, please contact for help.

To cancel an appointment slot you've already booked, please contact

Prospective Students 

Please contact us at before coming in for advising. Our main prioritiy is advising our current students. 

Advising Office Calendar

Please note for office closures happening during typical advising hours. Click on the time listed to see how long the office is closed for. 

Meet Your Undergraduate Advisors 

Name: Valerie Ky

About Me: 

I grew up in the heart of Los Angeles. I enjoy doing yoga and have a huge guilty pleasure for reality TV shows.


San Francisco State University, M.S. in College Counseling

UC Irvine, B.A. in Social Science for Secondary School Education

How did I get to UCSD:

During my time at UC Irvine, I discovered my passion for working with students, college advising, and higher education. As a peer academic advisor and college advisor at an Orange County high school, I felt a great sense of joy and fulfillment in working with students. After graduating from UC Irvine, I moved to San Francisco to begin my graduate program. Throughout my time in graduate school, I interned as a graduate advisor at San Francisco State University and a college advisor at UC Berkeley. Afterwards, I made my way back to Southern California and landed at UCSD!

My Advising Approach

I am here to help students navigate through the academic and life complexities college brings. My role is to encourage students, cultivate learning, and help students figure out their next steps in order to pursue their academic and career goals. While I won’t tell students what to do, I am happy to help students think out their options to make the best decision for themselves.

Fun Fact

I've lived in the best cities in California (and the world) - Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, and now San Diego! 


Name: Rachelle (pronounced "ray-chul") Martinez

Pronouns: she/her

About Me: 

An immigrant from the Philippines, I have spent almost my whole life in Southeast San Diego. I enjoy watching gratuitous amounts of television (favorites include Friends, Insecure, and anything on Food Network) as well as every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I love to travel, explore new places, shoot photos, and indulge in my gastronomic side!


University of Michigan, M.A. in Higher Education

UC Berkeley, B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

How did I get to UCSD:

As an undergraduate student at Berkeley, I was heavily involved in the recruitment and retention of students of color on campus. I found this work to be incredibly rewarding, and it sparked my passion for education grounded in the foundational values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a graduate student, I interned at the National Center for Institutional Diversity as a program and research assistant. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, I went back home to San Diego and served in a few temporary roles at USD and UCSD before ultimately joining UCSD's Department of Communication as an Undergraduate Advisor. 

My Advising Approach

I have a holistic, student-centered approach to advising where I consider all aspects of a student's life and how that can impact their experience at UCSD. I am here to empower and guide students through this chapter of their lives. College can be challenging and awesome and confusing all at once, and I am here every step of the way!

Fun Fact

I love Harry Potter! A fan of both the books and the movies, I like to say I'm the Head Girl of Ravenclaw.