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A world-class education

UW students have the opportunity to pursue one or more of over 180 majors. No matter what your Husky chooses, they’ll get a great education from one of the world’s top universities.

As your student enters the next stage in their academic journey, they may change majors or struggle to figure out how their interests fit in with their career plans. That’s OK! The UW academic and advising programs will be here to support them every step of the way.

You can help your student by encouraging them to form good study habits, and to seek tutoring and academic support when they need it.

Talk with your Husky

  • Spending two hours studying for every hour spent in class
  • How general-education courses can help uncover career options
  • Remote learning needs (if applicable): technology, workspace, etc.
  • Using MyPlan to explore majors and track degree progress

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Advising to fit their needs

Your student’s academic journey begins with general advising from Undergraduate Academic Affairs. General advisers help students plan course schedules and clarify academic and personal goals. Advisors are working to accommodate both in-person and virtual appointments. Specialized advising is also available through the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity.

About academic advising

Extra help is here

One-on-one help is invaluable as students transition to the full demands of college-level coursework. Encourage your Husky to seek out tutoring at the beginning of the quarter, so they can stay on track and develop strong study skills. Students can visit the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Education (CLUE), The Odegaard Writing & Research Center, or the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity for drop-in tutoring.

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Choosing a major

A degree is the credential a student earns by succeeding in their overall education, while the major is their specific area of study. Some UW majors are open admission — meaning students in good academic standing are admitted at any time — while other majors have capacity limits and a separate application process.

Overview on UW majors

First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)

Learning is more fun with friends. Through FIGs, small groups of students take a series of courses together. FIG courses facilitate small-group learning, and FIG students often form study groups outside of class.

FIGs at UW

Careers and internships

Pursuing a major at the UW opens up many career paths and directions that a student might not have considered or even heard of before. The Career & Internship Center offers drop-in coaching, resume assistance, career fairs and more.

UW Career & Internship Center

University Libraries

Connecting students to the resources they need is a key mission of the UW Libraries. When your student needs to do research for a class, the Libraries will have the best scholarly and credible sources for them to use. The Libraries provide safe spaces for students to study alone or with a group and help is always available in person and online.

UW Libraries

Undergraduate Research Program

Working one-to-one with faculty and research mentors in all fields. Exploring career interests and discovering new knowledge. Sharpening critical and analytical thinking skills. Those are just a few of the benefits of participating in undergraduate research.

Undergraduate Research


Campus contacts

Undergraduate Advising
Mary Gates Hall 141

Academic Support Programs (ASP)
Mary Gates Hall 161

Disability Resources for Students
Mary Gates Hall 011
206-543-8924 (Voice & Relay)

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