Undergrad Academic Advising
The mission of the engineering advising team is to create opportunities for engineering exploration, to foster intentional community, and to empower students to make thoughtful decisions to maximize their experience at the University of Washington.
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
|Course registration||Long-term educational planning|
|Adding or dropping a class in the first two weeks of the quarter||Academic or personal concerns|
|Changing in or out of pre-engineering||Admission to majors|
|Co-curricular opportunities and ways to get involved||Hold due to 105 or more credits + 5 quarters completed and no major|
|Transfer credit (refer to UW course equivalency guide first)||Dropping a course starting the 3rd week of the quarter or withdrawing from quarter|
|VA forms||Changing grading of course to S/NS|
|Continuation policy concerns (sub 2.5 pre-engineering GPA)|
|Academic or personal concerns|
|ROTC 4-year planning form|
Tuesday & Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Wednesday & Friday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
No drop-in hours during summer quarter or school breaks. (Times when classes are not in session. Visit the Academic Calendar to learn more about these dates.)
Drop-in appointments last 10 minutes. Advisers meet with drop-in students on a first-come, first-served basis.
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
Thursday, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Prospective transfer students can visit the College of Engineering every Thursday to learn more about the transfer process. This drop-in advising hour with the pre-engineering advisers takes place following the UW-wide Transfer Thursday session. Some individual engineering departments also hold Transfer Thursday drop-in hours, which are separate from the pre-engineering drop-in hour (see below).
Departmental Transfer Thursday drop-in advising
|Aeronautics & Astronautics||2:30 to 3:30 p.m.||Guggenheim Hall 211|
|Bioengineering||1 to 3 p.m.||Foege Building N107|
|Chemical Engineering||Call for appointment||Benson Hall 105|
|Civil Engineering||Call for appointment||More Hall 201|
|Computer Science & Engineering||Call for appointment||CSE Building AC 101|
|Electrical Engineering||2 to 4 p.m.||EE Building|
|Human Centered Design & Engineering||Call for appointment||Sieg Hall 428|
|Materials Science & Engineering||Call for appointment||Roberts Hall 302|
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.
Pre-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 a pre-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 pre-engineering students. Once you have entered a major, you should contact your departmental adviser to plan your curriculum path and learn more about the options available to you in that department.