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Kristin McCain-Bender, M.A.

Kristin McCain-Bender

Academic Advisor

Office: Building 74M, Room A111
Phone: 805-756-7423

Academic Advising Resources

I would love to schedule a Video-Zoom appointment with you.  If interested, please provide the following, via email to:    

  1. First & Last Name
  2. EMPL ID
  3. Multiple options of days & afternoons available
  4. Advising topic(s)
  •  Class Search is also another very helpful tool to search for classes.   (With this tool you can search the classes by title or GE and use the 4 digit code to register for the class in your student center!)



M.A. Counseling/Human Relations, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
B.S. in Psychology, Emphasis in Education, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA


Introductory Statement/Overview

Kristin grew up in the California Central Valley and began her Academic Advising career in 2005 at a private university on the East Coast.  She then came to Cal Poly as an EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) Advisor in 2007. She joined the College of CAFES in 2015 and now serves as the Wine and Viticulture & Ag Communications/Ag Science Academic Advisor.  She has lived & worked everywhere from aboard a ship in the Caribbean, to the Deep South but her heart calls the Central Coast “home”. She is passionate about helping Cal Poly students strategize and succeed in both their educational and personal goals.  Outside of work, you will find her outdoors with her husband, 3 kids, 3 dogs, cat, bunny and chickens enjoying the Central Coast.

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