BAEC collaborates with the Admissions Office, University Housing, and the College Advising Centers, Dean of Students, faculty and staff to assist students in their transition from high school to Cal Poly. In addition to academic and personal advising, we provide referrals to academic support resources via email, and social media. We can also provide students with information about scholarships, part-time and career employment opportunities, graduate school opportunities and campus and community events and resources.

Personal Advising

This includes assistance with any concerns that have the potential to place a student in academic jeopardy. Advisors provide:

  • support
  • encouragement and advocacy
  • appropriate campus or community referrals
  • Assistance with course or term withdrawal, as needed

Academic Advising

If you need help figuring out what classes you should take next, how many units you need to graduate, or figuring out if you should say in your major, the BAEC coordinator can help you figure it out. 

Computer Lab

BAEC has computers which can be used for studying, completing homework assignments and test, and checking email. The computers include Microsoft office, Mat Lab, Solid works, other programs needed so students can complete assignments. Other programs can be added to the computers by putting in a program request with the BAEC Coordinator. You are also able to print for free using the BAEC computers.

Presentation Help

If you have a presentation and need to practice, you can sign up for a time and have people watch your presentation and give feedback.

Conference Room

The conference room in BAEC can seat between 6-8 people and can be reserved for club meetings, group study sessions, and event planning. When not being used as a meeting space, the conference room becomes a study space so be sure to reserve the space.

Testing Supplies

BAEC offers free testing supplies including scantrons, #2 pencils, and blue books.

Study Space

Need a place to study. BAEC offers a 24-hour study space with computers, supplies, and a couch when a break is needed.


The BAEC Library is a growing collection of books focused mainly around Black literature. The goal of the library is to give students an opportunity to educate themselves on Black culture and history from a non-dominate lens. Checking out a books is as simple as filling out a form.


BAEC is working to build partnerships with other offices around campus to better provide students with resources to help them be successful during their time at Cal Poly. Currently, an advisor from the Multicultural Engineering Program is in BAEC for two hours a week and an advisor from the Mustang Success Center is in BAEC for one hour a week. BAEC will continue to bring in staff members across campus to better serve students.  

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