Undergraduate Academic Affairs


March 18, 2019

Academic Support Programs makes Rome its classroom

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Student taking pictures in the Roman Forum.

This fall, 11 University of Washington students piloted a unique UW study abroad program during early fall start. With Rome as its classroom, the course explored questions of identity and immigration in post-colonial Italy and the U.S. This curriculum was designed to help students return to the UW with an even stronger set of skills, helping them succeed at the UW and beyond.

December 3, 2018

UW’s Havana McElvaine selected as prestigious Marshall scholar

Jackson Holtz

Image of Havana McElvaine playing soccer and city-based portrait

University of Washington alumna Havana McElvaine, Class of 2017, has been selected as a Marshall scholar, one of the highest honors available to college graduates in the U.S.

November 8, 2018

Celebrating National First-Generation College Student Day

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Image for national first-gen college celebration

In honor of National First-Generation College Student Day, we asked a few UAA staff members who were the first in their families to attend and graduate from college how the experience changed their life.

October 1, 2018

New Huskies kick off 2018 academic year – watch the video

Bryan Nakata

Students at 2018 Husky Kickoff

This year’s entering class of undergraduates is the University of Washington’s largest group in history. Freshmen and transfer students arrive from all over Washington state, across the country and throughout the world. It may be their first time being away from home, taking college courses or living in the Pacific Northwest climate. Programs in Undergraduate…

April 24, 2018

First-year Interest Groups celebrate 30 years of shaping student experience

Bryan Nakata

FIG students gathering 1997

Among this year’s milestones for Undergraduate Academic Affairs is the 30th anniversary of First-Year Interest Groups, formerly known as Freshman Interest Groups. To mark the occasion, First Year Programs hosted an event marked by lively conversations between attendees led by FIG leaders, a faculty panel discussion and a presentation of a recent study that demonstrates…

September 26, 2017

Welcome from Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor

Ed Taylor

Headshot of Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor

Our work within UAA and out across the University is tied together and interdependent. Research, service and scholarship go hand in hand. The first-year experience, and students’ transitions through to declaring a major and graduating into lives outside the University are one and the same. Leadership, service and ethics all serve the same purpose: To become a more thoughtful and compassionate public.

September 30, 2016

One big Husky family

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Students come from all across Washington state, the country and the world, but when they come here, they are all part of the same Husky family. Watch as they come together in one gigantic W. (Video)

September 27, 2016

Fast facts on helping students transition to the UW

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Check out this fact sheet on Advising and Orientation, and learn about first-year students’ pathway into understanding UW values and the Husky Experience as well as the impact a thoughtful University transition has on student retention.

January 14, 2016

Remembering King: Students’ voices push arc toward justice – and we should listen

Ed Taylor

Portrait of Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor

Some 48 years after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will undoubtedly bring protests to college campuses around the country, including here at the University of Washington. The students will march peacefully and forcefully. They will ask how long it will take to create a climate that welcomes every student. They will ask how we, as a university, plan to address “economic colonialism“ and how administrators plan to create a true multiracial campus that will serve as prelude to a “multiracial nation where all groups are dependent on each other.”

September 30, 2015

Welcome to fall quarter!

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Photo of students in W

Each year, new Huskies come together on the field at Husky Stadium for their entering class photo. Thousands of them —stretching from one 10-yard-line to the other — form one giant W for their class photo. As students prepare to participate in opportunities all across campus over the coming years, they can find meaning in…

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