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Pre-Major Extensions

Students who have completed 105 or more credits and 5 or more academic satisfactory progress quarters but have not declared a major will receive a registration hold and will not be allowed to register for the next quarter.  

Students with this registration hold  (Registration Hold SPP105), who are not able to declare a major, will need to work with their academic adviser as a Pre-major Extension (PME) may be required. 

The advisers in UAA Advising define a Pre-major Extension as an educational tool designed to support a student's informed choice of and preparation for a major. In other words, it is not an emergency measure used to react to a registration hold. It is a planned and thoughtful function to allow students more time to prepare for and declare their major.

While not all students will require a PME as part of their education planning, those that do will need to be working with their assigned adviser prior to a registration hold being placed. Students receiving the initial Satisfactory Progress Warning (via email) are advised to contact their adviser right away. 

To request a PME, students will need to follow the UAA Advising PME Process (see below). Requests for PMEs will be reviewed by the student’s assigned adviser and, if granted, will typically be for one quarter. Any additional requests for a PME will need to follow the UAA Advising PME Process-Additional Request process (see below).

How to Request a PME

Step 1: Connect with your assigned adviser

To begin, schedule a 30-minute in-person appointment with your assigned adviser.  If there are no appointments available, please email your adviser.

Step 2: Prepare a written statement

To qualify for a first UAAA PME, a student must demonstrate to their assigned UAA academic adviser, a reflection that addresses the following prompt:

Describe why you think this major is a good fit for you and what led you to choose this major? In your answer please address:

  • How this major fits with your goals and your interests.
  • The broader personal and social factors that have shaped your choice of major (i.e. the “non-academic” considerations that have lead you to this decision).
  • The activities you have engaged in at UW to explore this major (e.g. met with an academic adviser or a faculty member in the department, taken one or more exploratory classes, had a conversation with a student in the major, independent study/research in the subject, etc.)
  • If the major is competitive, your reasons for believing you are a viable applicant.
  • If the major is competitive, the non-competitive majors you are also considering.

The adviser will carefully review this statement. If any additional information or clarification is needed the adviser will follow-up with the student directly. If the adviser finds the responses satisfactory, a PME will be granted. If the adviser does not find the responses satisfactory, no PME will be granted. The adviser will notify the student of the decision and provide sufficient feedback about the student’s next steps.

Step 3: Submit your statement

This reflection must be written and submitted to the student’s adviser in-person or via email. Students will work with their assigned adviser to determine the best method for submission.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I look up who my assigned adviser is?

By logging in with your netID and going to this page: https://www.washington.edu/uaa/advising/appointments/

I don’t have an assigned adviser in UAA, what do I do?

Students not assigned an adviser in UAA, most likely have advising services from another program or department on campus.  Student will need to contact their adviser from these areas:

Students not associated with any of these programs should contact the UAA Advising front desk at: 206-543-2550

How long will I take to have my registration hold removed?

Once a student has satisfied the requirements for a PME and it has been approved, the registration hold is typically removed in 3-5 business days.

What if my request is denied?

The function of a pre-major extension (PME) is to support a student’s exploration and preparation for a major.  This tool serves to foster decision making and planning skills in students as they navigate their learning here at UW.  To be effective, the PME request must be thoughtfully prepared and represent a reasonable plan forward.  In the circumstance when the request does not meet these criteria, it will be denied AND the student will receive information and feedback from their adviser about next steps.  Next steps may include (but are not limited to):

  • The student revises their PME request (for the same major)
  • The student revises their PME request (for the different major)
  • The student seeks an extension from the departmental adviser of their intended major
  • The student declares an open major

Can I get a PME during drop-in advising?

No, PME requests take time and good planning, drop-in advising is not adequate for this.  Unless previously arranged with your assigned adviser, PME requests will not be processed during drop-in advising.

Why would my request be denied?

To be effective, the PME request must be thoughtfully prepared and represent a reasonable plan forward. In the circumstance when the request does not meet these criteria, it will be denied AND the student will receive information and feedback from their adviser about next steps.

What if I need an additional PME?

If a student is not in a major when their first PME expires, they may request an additional extension from their assigned adviser. (See requirements below.)

What are the requirements for an additional PME?

To request an additional PME, a student will need to provide...

    • An updated version of the reflection from the first PME that addresses this prompt:
    • Describe why you think this major is a good fit for you and what led you to choose this major? In your answer please address:
      • How this major fits with your goals and your interests
      • The broader personal and social factors that have shaped your choice of major (i.e. the “non-academic” considerations that have lead you to this decision).
      • The activities you have engaged in at UW to explore this major (e.g. met with an academic adviser or a faculty member in the department, taken one or more exploratory classes, had a conversation with a student in the major, independent study/research in the subject, etc.)
      • If the major is competitive, your reasons for believing you are a viable applicant.
      • If the major is competitive, the non-competitive majors you are also considering.          
    • In addition, the student must design a plan for courses they will take over the next 3 (three) quarters based on their intended major AND an alternative major.

The adviser will carefully review the student demonstration. If any additional information or clarification is needed the adviser will follow-up with the student directly. If the adviser finds the responses satisfactory, a PME will be granted. If the adviser does not find the responses satisfactory, no PME will be granted. The adviser will notify the student of the decision and provide sufficient feedback about the student’s next steps.