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    Meeting with a UAA Adviser

    UAA Advising (located in 141 Mary Gates Hall, the Center for Undergraduate Advising, Diversity, & Student Success) offers comprehensive advising services to all new and current UW students, returning former UW students, and prospective transfer students. We work with you to match your interests with opportunities at the UW, and help you to integrate your academic and career plans. We also house several broader UW programs and services, including the National Student Exchange and the Individualized Studies major.

    Our Services

    • Premajor academic advising
    • Choosing a major
    • Discovering new learning opportunities
    • Pre-professional academic advising, including pre-law and pre-health care
    • Assistance with administrative issues
    • "Roadmap to Choosing Your Major" workshops
    • Washington Occupational/Career Information System (WOIS)
    • Low-scholarship and reinstatement counseling
    • Extended premajor advising (105-credit registration holds)
    • Writing-course petitions
    • Individualized Studies major
    • National Student Exchange (NSE)
    • Transfer Thursdays
    • If you just don't know who to ask!

    Current UW Students and Returning Former UW Students


    30-minute advising appointments are available. Call 206-543-2550 or stop by 141 Mary Gates Hall to make an appointment.

    Evening advising is available by appointment only. We do not generally do telephone appointments unless it is unavoidable.

    During Period 1 registration appointments quickly become booked. Call early!

    Quick Questions

    Advisers are available to answer Quick Questions from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Quick Questions are limited to 15 minutes. If your questions cannot be answered within this time, we will schedule an appointment for you. Some topics (e.g., choosing a major, reinstatement) require deeper conversations, and therefore are not appropriate for QQ.

    During peak registration times the office becomes very busy and sometimes students have to wait a bit during the QQ times. If you need to meet with an adviser, don't wait until the last minute. Plan ahead!

    Telephone (206-543-2550)

    If you have a quick question, an adviser or a staff person can often help you over the phone during our open hours. Or you can ask to leave a voicemail and an adviser will return your call.

    Email (advice@uw.edu)

    Quick questions can also be asked and answered over email (appointments cannot be made over this email account). Questions are answered by an adviser within 1-2 business days, or forwarded to a more appropriate office.

    Newly Admitted UW Students

    Your Advising & Orientation date is when you will have your first opportunity to meet with an adviser. We cannot meet with you before that date. If you cannot come to campus that day, contact First Year Programs (206-543-4905; fyp@uw.edu) to schedule another date, which will probably be later. We can answer quick questions over the telephone (206-543-2550) or over email (advice@uw.edu).

    You can, however, start thinking about courses for your first quarter, and attend one or more of the wide variety of information sessions we offer on UW majors and preprofessional programs. You can also start looking through your major requirements and the Time Schedule.

    Prospective Transfer Students

    Each Thursday afternoon we offer Transfer Thursdays, when UAA Advising and many department advisers are open to prospective transfer students for drop-in advising. Bring your transcripts and discuss your academic plans with a UW adviser. Each Thursday a counselor from the Office of Admissions offers one or more 30-minute group information sessions on transfer admission. In addition, a number of UW majors, preprofessional programs, and graduate programs offer information sessions on Thursday afternoons, so that prospective students can attend two or even three sessions in one trip to campus. Check out the Transfer Thursdays website for the details.

    If you are unable to come to campus on Thursdays, call UAA Advising at 206-543-2550 and discuss your situation with an adviser. You can also email questions to advice@uw.edu. (Email admissions questions to askuwadm@uw.edu.)

    If you have already decided on a major, it may be more appropriate to contact a department adviser.

    Prospective freshmen

    If you are interested in entering the UW as a freshman, you should work with the counselors in UW Admissions.

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    Undergraduate academic advising at the University of Washington is a core element of the University's focus on student learning.

    As educators, advisers partner with faculty and the campus community to cultivate our students' intellectual development.

    As guides and advocates, advisers collaborate with students to craft a transformative educational experience so that they may become informed, articulate and thoughtful students of the University and citizens of the world.

    —Mission Statement for Academic Advising, adopted November 2007