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Undergraduate advising

Creating opportunities for engineering exploration, fostering intentional community and empowering students to maximize their UW experience

Appointments   Transfer Thursday   Email questions   Adviser partnerships   Department advisers  

Who can make an advising appointment?

Only current University of Washington undergraduate students can attend Quick Question appointments or schedule appointments with College of Engineering advisers.

We are currently unable to provide appointments for prospective students. Incoming first-years must wait until the start of classes to make an appointment.

If you are a prospective transfer student, you should attend the Transfer Thursday drop-in hour.

If you are a graduate student, you should contact the graduate adviser in your department or the Graduate School.

Advising appointment options comparison

10-minute Quick Question session
Schedule a Quick Question session to discuss:
25-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

Virtual Quick Question advising

Quick Question sessions take place through Zoom and last 10 minutes.

Students should reserve their Quick Question session in advance via the links in our Engineering Undeclared Canvas page. Students are welcome to meet with any adviser for a Quick Question session as the goal is for students to be able to access assistance as soon as possible.

Longer advising appointments

Longer advising appointments last 25 minutes. To schedule an appointment, you can call (206) 543-1770, e-mail or visit the Undergraduate Engineering Advising office in person at 014 Loew Hall, Please share the following information with us when scheduling your appointment:

  • Name
  • Student ID number
  • Phone number
  • Appointment times that will work for you Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Whether you prefer to talk in-person or through Zoom
  • Reason for scheduling an appointment

We cannot accommodate same-day, longer advising appointments. You must schedule an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Call or e-mail us as far in advance as possible, especially during busy times (like registration) when appointments fill up quickly.

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 another student 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.

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 separate drop-in advising sessions for prospective and incoming transfer students. At the College's 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. Register
College of Engineering 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
317 Guggenheim Hall, Box 352400

Advising staff

Chetana Acharya, Academic Counselor, Undergraduate Programs

Danafe Matusalem, Academic Services Specialist

General Inquiries
3720 15th Ave. NE Box 355061 Seattle, WA 98195-5061
(206) 685-2000

Undergraduate Counseling Services Coordinator

Lisa Nordlund
116 Anderson Hall, Box 352100
(206) 543-3077

Advising staff

Dave Drischell, Academic Services Director
137C Benson Hall, Box 351750
(206) 543-2252

Nicole Minkoff, Undergraduate Adviser
137A Benson Hall, Box 351750
(206) 685-1634

General advising questions

Undergraduate advising staff

Lauren Cushner, Program Coordinator
201 More Hall
(206) 221-9165

Charlotte Emigh, Undergraduate Academic Adviser
201 More Hall
(206) 543-5092

Brian Kinnear, Undergraduate Adviser
201K More Hall
(206) 221-2181

General questions
Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, Room CSE 101. Check in at the front desk for all appointments.

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
Campus Box 352500
185 Stevens Way Paul Allen Center – Room AE100R Seattle, WA 98195-2500

Stephanie Swanson, Director of Academic Services
(206) 221-5782

Undergraduate advisers

Chris Overly, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Katherine Sykes, Lead Academic Counselor

Whitney Thomas, Academic Counselor

Undergraduate Advisers

Meghan Oxley, Academic Counselor – Senior
428 Sieg Hall, Box 352315
(206) 543-1798

Undergraduate adviser

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

Undergraduate academic adviser
302A Roberts Hall, Box 352120

General undergraduate inquiries

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

Tasha Jugas, Academic Counselor
143B ME Building, Box 352600
(206) 685-0908