Undergrad Academic Advising

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In-person advising suspended temporarily

The UW has moved online for spring quarter, and thus all advising services are now conducted virtually or over the phone. Please reach out to or (206) 543-1770 to schedule an online or phone appointment with an adviser or for any other questions. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Advising options

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.

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

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:
  • 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

Drop-in advising

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.

Day Time Adviser
Mondays 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Kat
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

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.

Advising appointments

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 014, 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:

  • Name
  • 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.

Canceling appointments

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 014 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:

  • 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 active participation of both the advisers and the students.

Student responsibilities

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.

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)


Stanley Choi,
Academic Adviser, Undergraduate Programs
211B Guggenheim Hall, Box 352400
(206) 616-1115


Danyel Hacker,
Academic Adviser, Graduate Programs
211C Guggenheim Hall, Box 352400

Advising staff

Chetana Acharya,
Academic Counselor, Undergraduate Programs

Kalei Combs,
Academic Counselor, Graduate Programs

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


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


Allison Sherrill,
Graduate Student Advisor
137B Benson, Box 351750
(206) 685-9785


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

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

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


Bryan Crockett,
Director of Academic Services
201F More Hall
(206) 616-1891

Eric Huberty,
Graduate Program Adviser
201J More Hall
(206) 616-3853

Online Graduate programs

Jennifer Ross,
Online Graduate Program Adviser,
109 Wilson Ceramics Lab
(206) 685-2227


Crystal Eney, Director of Student Services
Jenifer Pesicka Hiigli, Academic Adviser - Lead
Chloe Dolese, Program Manager for Diversity and Outreach
Maggie Ryan, Academic Adviser - Senior
Leslie Ikeda, Academic Adviser
Chelsea Navarro, Academic Adviser
Kim Nguyen, Academic/Career Adviser
Pim Lustig, Course Coordinator
Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, Room CSE 101. Check in at the front desk for all appointments.


Elise DeGoede Dorough,
Director of Graduate Student Services
CSE2 162

Les Sessoms,
Recruitment & Retention Specialist
CSE2 163

Elle Brown,
Advising Program Coordinator
CSE2 161

Anna Karlin,
Associate Director for Graduate Studies & Graduate Program Coordinator
Allen Center CSE 594

Professional Master's

Dave Rispoli,
Professional Master's Program Adviser

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

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

Undergraduate advisers

Katherine Sykes,
Lead Academic Counselor

Whitney Thomas,
Academic Counselor

Graduate general inquiries

Jennifer Huberman,
Coordinator, Graduate Programs
Campus Box 352500
185 Stevens Way
Paul Allen Center – Room AE100R
Seattle, WA 98195-2500

Graduate advisers

Brenda Larson,
Lead Graduate Program Adviser
MSEE and PhD programs
AE142 Allen Center, Box 352500

May Lim,
Professional Programs Manager
Professional Master's Program
AE144 Allen Center, Box 352500


Alex Llapitan
Academic Counselor - Senior
428B Sieg Hall, Box 352315
(206) 221-6230

Graduate & Certificate

Kathleen Rascon
Academic Counselor - Senior
Professional Master’s and Certificate Programs
428 Sieg Hall, Box 352315
(206) 543-4257

Patricia Reilly
Academic Services Director
428C Sieg Hall, Box 352315
(206) 543-1798

Undergraduate and Graduate

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

Sheila Prusa
Academic Adviser, Master's Degrees and Certificate Programs
G15 ME Building, Box 352650
(206) 616-6719


Sandra Maddox
Academic Adviser, Undergraduate Programs
302A Roberts Hall, Box 352120
(206) 616-6581


Karen Wetterhahn
Academic Adviser, Graduate Programs
302B Roberts Hall, Box 352120
(206) 543-2740


ME undergraduate advising email:

Lynn Girardeau
Undergraduate Adviser
143B ME Building, Box 352600
(206) 685-0908

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


ME graduate advising email:

Wanwisa Kisalang
Graduate Academic Counselor-Lead, Ph.D. program
143C ME Building, Box 352600
(206) 543-7963

Kate Gayle
Academic Counselor, Master's Programs
145 ME Building, Box 352600
(206) 616-0981

Michelle Trudeau,
Director of Student & Academic Services
116 Anderson Hall, Box 352100
(206) 616-15338


Lisa Nordlund,
Undergraduate Counseling Services Coordinator
116 Anderson Hall, Box 352100
(206) 543-3077


David Campbell,
Graduate Counseling Services Coordinator
116 Anderson Hall, Box 352100
(206) 543-7081