Undergrad Academic Advising
Creating opportunities for engineering exploration, fostering intentional community and empowering students to maximize their UW experience
Academic advising has transitioned to being offered remotely
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic all advising services are now conducted virtually via Zoom or over the phone. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 543-1770 to schedule a Zoom or phone appointment with an adviser or for any other questions. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
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.
Do I need a quick question session or a longer appointment?
|10-minute quick question session
Schedule a quick question session to discuss:
|30-minute scheduled appointment
Schedule a longer appointment to discuss:
Quick question advising
Quick question sessions last 10 minutes. Students should reserve their quick question session in advance via the links sent out in the weekly email each Monday. 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.
|Mondays||2:00 - 4:00 p.m.||Shanai|
|Tuesdays||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Lauren|
|Wednesdays||2:00 - 4:00 p.m.||Ali|
|—— No quick question sessions on Thursdays ——|
|Fridays||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Sweeny|
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Longer advising appointments last 30 minutes. To schedule an appointment, you can call phone number Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email email@example.com. When you call or come in to schedule an appointment, we will need the following information:
- Student ID number
- Phone number
- Appointment times that will work for you Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Reason for scheduling an appointment
We do not schedule same day, longer advising 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 if at all possible.
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 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 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.||Register to attend this online session.|
|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
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.