For new students

All new undergraduate students are required to attend an Advising and Orientation (A&O) session. During this time, you will meet with an adviser and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Here is a list of things to do to best prepare for your A&O and to meet with your adviser. See the New Huskies Admissions website for a more comprehensive list. 

1. Pre-A&O Modules

Complete (actually watch and not skim through) the Pre-A&O Modules. The Pre-A&O Modules have important information on the registration process and will likely answer your questions before you attend A&O. 

2. MyPlan

Get familiar with MyPlan, the UW online tool to help with academic planning and registration. 

3. First-year Interest Groups (FIGs) - Autumn Quarter Only

Check out FIGs (for both freshmen and transfers) as an option during your autumn quarter. Students who take a FIG are more likely to be academically successful at the UW.

4. First-year Advising Guide

As a first-year student, you will be presented with many new challenges and opportunities at the UW. Sometimes, the infinite number of paths you can take can feel overwhelming. This advising guide can help you start to explore your interests, get involved, and set goals for a meaningful first year. 

Frequently Asked Questions    

Can I meet with my adviser before my Advising & Orientation session?

Not usually. During the summer most of our time is spent at Advising & Orientation sessions. You will have the chance to meet your adviser during your Advising & Orientation session. You will learn the basic information you will need to prepare for your first quarter and there will also be ample opportunities for you to ask questions. 

You can explore classes ahead of time on MyPlan and bring your questions to Advising & Orientation. 

Will my advisers during Advising & Orientation be my adviser for all four years?

Maybe. Most students start out meeting with the general advisers in our office or in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. As you start to narrow down your choice of majors, you will want to meet advisers for those majors for program planning and, in many cases, preparing your application for admission to the major. Once you declare a major, you will meet primarily with that department's adviser to plan your program of classes, discuss internship and research opportunities, and prepare for graduation.

How often am I required to meet with an adviser?

The UW doesn't require that you meet regularly with your adviser. Some universities require that you obtain an adviser's approval before registering for classes each quarter, but the UW doesn't. Some students stop by with questions every few weeks; others find themselves able to navigate the University with relatively little assistance. Advisers are always available to provide whatever help you need.

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