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Who can meet with our advisers?

If you are a: Your academic advising resource is:
Engineering undeclared (ENGRUD) student See below for appointment options.
 
Prospective Direct to College student UW Admissions
UW Engineering Ambassadors
Pre-major student UAA Advising or OMAD advising if you are affiliated.
Prospective transfer student Attend Transfer Thursday or schedule a time to connect with a department adviser.
Graduate student The graduate adviser in your department or the Graduate School.

Advising appointment options comparison

IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL
10-minute Quick Question session
Quick Question sessions are available to discuss:
IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL
30-minute appointment
Schedule a longer appointment to discuss:
  • Course registration
  • Adding or dropping a class in the first two weeks of the quarter
  • Co-curricular opportunities and ways to get involved
  • Transfer credit (refer to UW course equivalency guide first)
  • VA forms
  • Long-term educational planning
  • Academic or personal concerns
  • Placement into majors
  • Hold due to 105 or more credits + 5 quarters completed and no major
  • Dropping a course starting the 3rd week of the quarter or withdrawing from quarter
  • Changing grading of course to S/NS
  • Continuation policy concerns
  • Academic or personal concerns
  • ROTC 4-year planning form

Quick Question advising

Quick Question advising sessions take place in person in Loew Hall 014 or through Zoom and last 10 minutes.

ENGRUD students can view the current quarter Quick Question schedule for in-person and virtual times on our Engineering Undeclared Canvas page. Students are welcome to attend any Quick Question session with any available adviser as the goal is for students to be able to access assistance as soon as possible.

Longer advising appointments

Longer advising appointments take place in person in Loew 014 or through Zoom and last 30 minutes.

Schedule an appointment

We cannot accommodate same-day, longer advising appointments. Appointments can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance and must be scheduled at least 12 hours in advance. During busy times (like registration), appointments may be booked in which case we recommend that you visit us for a drop-in Quick Question appointment in person or through zoom.

If you can no longer make an appointment you've scheduled, please cancel the appointment so another student can meet with the adviser.

Late appointment policy

If you are more than 10 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 other students of the opportunity to meet with their adviser and takes away from advisers' time to assist students.

Canceling appointments

Please e-mail or call us with at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel an advising appointment or you can cancel your appointment via the link in the confirmation email you received.

How should I prepare for my appointment?

To make the most of your advising appointment, arrive on time and bring:

  • Your proposed schedule for next quarter (if you are looking for feedback on your academic plan)
  • A way to take notes
  • The list of questions or concerns you want to address

Transfer Thursday sessions

On Thursdays, the UW and the College of Engineering hold advising sessions for prospective and incoming transfer students. Attend the College’s drop-in advising hours to talk with a general engineering adviser about the transfer process and which engineering majors may be a good fit for your career goals. Some specific 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. Register
College of Engineering Every other Thursday (beginning Oct. 6th, 2022) 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Drop-in advising available via Zoom.
Engineering departments Varies by department. See Departmental Transfer Thursday drop-in sessions on the Transfer Students page.

Asking questions over e-mail

E-mail 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 e-mails will be longer.

In your email, include your:

  • Name
  • Student ID number
  • Year
  • 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 the active participation of both the advisers and the students.

Student responsibilities

Engineering advisers expect you to:

  • Regularly utilize the 4-year planning 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.

Adviser responsibilities

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.

Departmental advising directory

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.

When mailing information to the individuals listed below, for all departments, the rest of the mailing address is: University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195-_ _ _ _ (use last four digits of campus box number)

Academic Adviser, Undergraduate Programs

aeroadvising@uw.edu
317 Guggenheim Hall, Box 352400

Advising staff

Chetana Acharya, Academic Counselor, Undergraduate Programs
cacharya@uw.edu

Danafe Matusalem, Academic Services Specialist
danafem6@uw.edu

General Inquiries

bioeng@uw.edu
3720 15th Ave. NE Box 355061 Seattle, WA 98195-5061
(206) 685-2000

BSE Advising

Sandra Maddox, Undergraduate Adviser for BSE and ESRM
sefsadv@uw.edu
Schedule an appointment
116 Anderson Hall, Box 352100
(206) 543-3070

Advising staff

Dave Drischell, Academic Services Director
rdd@uw.edu
137C Benson Hall, Box 351750
(206) 543-2252

Nicole Minkoff, Undergraduate Adviser
nminkoff@uw.edu
137A Benson Hall, Box 351750
(206) 685-1634

General advising questions

ceadvice@uw.edu

Undergraduate advising staff

Lauren Cushner, Program Coordinator
laurcush@uw.edu
201 More Hall
(206) 221-9165

Charlotte Emigh, Undergraduate Academic Adviser
cemigh@uw.edu
201 More Hall
(206) 543-5092

Brian Kinnear, Undergraduate Adviser
kinnear@uw.edu
201K More Hall
(206) 221-2181

General questions

ugrad-advisor@cs.washington.edu
Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, Room CSE 101. Check in at the front desk for all appointments.
206-543-1695

Undergraduate advising team

Crystal Eney, Director of Student Services
Jenifer Pesicka Hiigli, Academic Adviser - Lead
Chloe Dolese Mandeville, Program Manager for Diversity and Outreach
Maggie Morris, Academic Adviser - Senior
Leslie Ikeda, Academic Adviser
Chelsea Navarro, Academic Adviser
Camilo Fonseca, Academic Adviser
Pim Lustig, Course Coordinator

Undergraduate general inquiries

undergrad@ece.uw.edu
Campus Box 352500
185 Stevens Way Paul Allen Center – Room AE100R Seattle, WA 98195-2500
206-221-5270

Stephanie Swanson, Director of Academic Services
stepswan@uw.edu
(206) 221-5782

Undergraduate advisers

Chris Overly, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
cqoverly@uw.edu
206-221-6945

Katherine Sykes, Lead Academic Counselor
klsykes@uw.edu
206-543-4924

Whitney Thomas, Academic Counselor
wthomas1@uw.edu
206-221-7913

Undergraduate Advisers

Meghan Oxley, Academic Counselor – Senior
what@uw.edu
423 Sieg Hall, Box 352315
(206) 543-1798

Undergraduate adviser

Jennifer Tsai, Academic Adviser, Undergraduate and Ph.D.
ieadvise@uw.edu
G7 ME Building, Box 352650
(206) 543-5041

Undergraduate academic adviser

askmse@uw.edu
302A Roberts Hall, Box 352120

General undergraduate inquiries

meadvise@uw.edu

Kendra Burdett, Academic Counselor
148 ME Building, Box 352600
(206) 616-5844