Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Academic resources

More than 30,000 UW undergraduates means more than 30,000 individual sets of experiences, interests and goals. Undergraduate Academic Affairs is here to provide each of our 30,000 students with a supportive ecosystem to help them reach their unique goals. UAA’s academic programs meet students wherever they are on their academic journey, ensuring our Huskies’ experiences will be meaningful long into their future. Providing the University community with evaluation tools to assess its own work leads to a better understanding of best practices in teaching and learning and, ultimately, better student outcomes. And, better student outcomes lead to better retention and graduation rates.


What you’ll find here: Academic programs for students, faculty and staff // Stories about academic programs and resources


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Unlearning Poverty

Honors director Vicky Lawson brings her 30 years of research on poverty to the classroom, leading students through examining the complex issues that have created Seattle’s homelessness crisis.

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Connecting, belonging, being well

Student well-being is top of mind for programs across Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

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UAA academic programs for students, faculty and staff

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Academic Support Programs

Academic Support Programs helps UW students realize their potential through the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) and academic success coaches. CLUE offers free drop-in tutoring, class discussions, exam review and a writing center. Academic success coaches help students identify challenges and develop study skills.

Academic Support Programs

 

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First Year Programs

Empowers entering students to become engaged and confident learners poised to succeed at the UW. Programs focus on increasing a sense of belonging and help students connect to the University. These include Advising & Orientation, Dawg Daze, First-year Interest Groups, Commuter & Transfer Commons and faculty led Collegium Seminars.

First Year Programs

 

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Honors Program

Honors brings together students and faculty from all across campus to learn through cross-disciplinary curriculum, experiential learning, research and critical reflection. Honors’ curriculum offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary education, while Departmental Honors programs provide deep disciplinary education.

Honors Program

 

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Office of Educational Assessment

Provides a variety of evaluation and assessment services to the UW and outside organizations. The Office of Educational Assessment (OEA) facilitates student course evaluations, classroom test scoring and proctored test administration. OEA researchers also conduct assessment of student and program outcomes and evaluate grant-funded programs.

Office of Educational Assessment

 

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Resilience Lab

The Resilience Lab promotes stress management skills and self-compassion among students, staff and faculty at the UW. Through leading-edge research, education, social-emotional learning, skills group, seed grants and programs, the Resilience Lab aims to support the mental health and well-being of the campus community.

Resilience Lab

 

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Robinson Center for Young Scholars

The Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars prepares younger students for college and provides them with challenging, accelerated learning opportunities in a vibrant, intellectual community at the University of Washington. We also provide professional development and outreach through Saturday, summer and online programs.

Robinson Center

 

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Student-Athlete Academic Services

Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) empowers student-athletes to pursue excellence in school, sport and life by encouraging active goal-setting and development; creating individualized support plans to help achieve goals; providing career opportunities to prepare for life after graduation; and building connections across local and global communities.

SAAS

 

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Undergraduate Advising

Advisers partner with undergraduates to help them identify and articulate their academic and personal goals, pick majors and plan their course schedule. They educate students about tools, opportunities and resources to connect to the UW and navigate their Husky experience.

Undergraduate Advising

Stories about academic programs and resources


  • This autumn, let us begin again

    September 28, 2022

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    It’s the beginning of another academic year. The leaves on the iconic cherry trees in the Quad are turning red, orange, gold. We often focus on these trees in the spring — and with good reason, the blossoms are spectacular and represent a kind of joyful renewal — but autumn and the start of classes…

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  • Emily Kolby named director for First Year Curriculum and Engagement

    September 22, 2022

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome Emily Kolby to her new appointment as director of First Year Curriculum and Engagement. Kolby identifies First Year Programs’ guiding principles of intentionality, collaboration, equity and access as essential to the work of serving students. She believes that with continuing the work of intentionally connecting with each student,…

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  • 15 Seconds at a Time: Undergraduate Research Program [video]

    September 19, 2022

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    In this video, Undergraduate Research Program Director Sophie Pierszalowski takes on the challenge of explaining the Undergraduate Research Program in less than 15 seconds at a time. “15 Seconds at a Time” is a series in which various Undergraduate Academic Affairs programs explain their work in bite-sized bursts.

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