UW Academic Advising

Advisers help students develop plans for a major, match personal strengths and interests with opportunities in the University curriculum, understand and complete requirements, avoid or overcome administrative problems and develop a sense of purpose in their undergraduate education.

Who is my adviser?

UAA Advising offers comprehensive advising services for students investigating and preparing for majors. The advisers in the UAA Advising can help you match your interests with the many opportunities available at the UW.

If you are, or would like to be, associated with the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), TRiO Student Support Services (SSS), or College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), you can visit Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Academic Counseling Services. Their adviser/counselors offer comprehensive advising as well as assistance with financial, housing, and personal issues. Similarly, if you are enrolled in the University Honors Program, those will be your general advisers.

If you have specific majors in mind, you will want to meet the college or department advisers for those majors. If you are interested in engineering, you should meet with an adviser in Engineering Student Academic Services.

Once you have declared a major, you will meet primarily with your college or department adviser to plan your program, stay connected with your academic community, get help when encountering difficulties, and prepare for graduation.

If you are associated with Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Academic Counseling Services, enrolled in the University Honors Program, and/or if you are a student-athlete, you should continue to work with your adviser in these respective offices in addition to your major adviser.

Academic advisers are able to advise students as they prepare academically for the pre-professional field. Career & Internship Center (C&IC) on the other hand, offer pre-health and pre-law career coaches who specialize in advising students planning to apply to professional programs such as law school, medical school, dental school, and pharmacy programs. Pre-health and pre-law career coaches are available for appointments.

Additionally, your college or department adviser will also be an important resource in your planning for a professional program.

Your Advising and Orientation date is when you will have your first opportunity to meet with an adviser. Visit the First Year Programs web site for more information.

Transfer students admitted directly to a major may be contacted by the college or department advising office with information on connecting with the program adviser.

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

Prospective transfer students are encouraged to attend a Transfer Thursday. Each Thursday afternoon, prospective transfer students can come to campus to find out about the admission process, academic areas of study, and other topics such as financial aid and housing. In addition, a number of UW majors and pre-professional programs offer information sessions on Thursday afternoons.

College and department advising offices also welcome inquiries from prospective transfer students.


Contact UAA Advising at advice@uw.edu.