Undergrad Academic Advising
Creating opportunities for engineering exploration
Fostering intentional community
Empowering students to maximize their UW experience
Who can make an advising appointment?
Only undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Washington can attend drop-ins or schedule appointments with our advisers. We are currently unable to provide appointments for prospective students. If you are an incoming freshman, you must wait until you have officially started classes to make an appointment.
If you are a prospective transfer student, you should attend the Transfer Thursday drop-in hour.
Should I drop in or schedule an appointment?
|10-minute drop-in session
Come to drop-in hours to talk about:
|30-minute scheduled appointment
Schedule an appointment to talk about:
Drop-in appointments last 10 minutes. Advisers meet with drop-in students on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that each day, drop-ins will be covered by a different adviser. If you would like to meet with a particular adviser, plan accordingly.
|Mondays||2:00 - 4:00 p.m.||Hannah|
|Tuesdays||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Lauren|
|Wednesdays||2:00 - 4:00 p.m.||Ali|
|—— No drop-ins on Thursdays ——|
|Fridays||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Shanai|
No drop-in hours during summer quarter or school breaks, when classes are not in session. Visit the Academic Calendar to learn more about these dates.
If you have a question that is complex, such as which major you should pursue, you should schedule an advising appointment instead of dropping in. If you are unsure whether to drop in or schedule an appointment, refer to the advising topic table above, or call the advising office at 206-543-1770.
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Advising appointments last 30 minutes. To schedule an appointment, you can call 206-543-1770 or stop by Loew 301, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. When you call or come in to schedule an appointment, we will need the following information:
- Student ID number
- Phone number
- Desired appointment times
- Never schedule an appointment during class.
- Plan to arrive 5 minutes in advance.
- Reason for scheduling an appointment
We do not schedule same day appointments. You must schedule an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Call as far in advance as possible to schedule, especially during busy times, like registration, when appointments quickly fill up.
Late appointment policy
If you are more than 15 minutes late to your scheduled advising appointment, you will be asked to reschedule.
This policy serves as a reminder to be respectful of fellow students’ time. Advising appointments are in high demand and can be difficult to schedule. A "no-show" deprives another student the opportunity to meet with their adviser and takes away from advisers' time to assist students.
If you need to cancel a scheduled appointment, please give 24 hours advance notice.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
To make the most of you advising appointment, arrive on time and bring:
- Your proposed schedule for next quarter (if you are looking for feedback on your academic plan)
- A writing utensil and paper
- The list of questions or concerns you want to address
Transfer Thursday sessions
On Thursdays the UW and the College of Engineering hold separate drop-in advising sessions for prospective and incoming transfer students. At the College of Engineering one-hour sessions, you can learn more about the transfer process and which engineering majors may be a good fit for your career goals. Some engineering departments also hold drop-in advising sessions for transfer students. Learn more about the UW sessions »
|Type of session||Day/Time||Location|
|UW||Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.||Husky Union Building Welcome Center (room 106).|
|College of Engineering||3:00 - 4:00 p.m.||Loew Hall 301 Student Academic Advising center|
|Engineering departments||Varies by department. See Departmental Transfer Thursday drop-in sessions on the Transfer Students page.|
Asking questions over Email
Email the advising team for answers to simple, close-ended questions. If you have a more complex question, or you need immediate assistance, call 206-543-1770. Note that during busy advising periods, such as during registration, the response time to emails will be longer.
In your email, include your:
- Student ID number
- Intended major
- Your close-ended question or concern
Student responsibilities vs. adviser responsibilities
Academic advising is a collaborative educational process where students and their advisers are partners in planning to achieve students’ personal, academic, and career goals. This partnership requires active participation of both the advisers and the students.
Engineering advisers expect you to:
- Regularly utilize department requirement sheets, MyPlan, the course catalog, and your degree audit.
- Become knowledgeable about and gather necessary information for majors of interest.
- Take thoughtful steps to explore majors of interest and reflect on those experiences.
- Know your curriculum requirements and track your progress towards graduation.
- Follow UW academic policies, procedures, and deadlines.
- Schedule and attend advising appointments when needed.
You can expect an engineering adviser to:
- Assist and encourage you in discerning your educational goals.
- Work with you on developing an educational plan.
- Communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures.
- Provide you with information about and strategies for utilizing available resources and services.
- Adhere to FERPA confidentiality standards.
The College of Engineering Academic Advising team works primarily with first- and/or second-year engineering students. Once you have entered a major, you should work with your departmental adviser to plan your curriculum path and learn more about the options available to you in that department.