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Current and prospective University of Washington business students are encouraged to meet with Foster academic advisers to discuss admission, graduation, academic planning, and personal issues affecting academic progress. Advisers are available in the Undergraduate Programs Office, 202 Dempsey Hall.

Advising Availability

Please keep the following schedule in mind when planning your visits to the Undergraduate Programs Office.

Regular Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Office Closed
All Thursdays (9-10:30 a.m. closure due to a staff meeting)
All UW holidays

Individual Appointments

Monday-Friday, by appointment
Call 206.685.3400 or stop by to schedule your appointment with a Foster academic adviser. Appointments typically last up to 30 minutes. You can also set up a phone advising appointment (for non-local students only) by calling 206.685.3400.

*If you need to cancel or reschedule, please do so at least 24 hours in advance.*

Drop-in Advising (for current UW students only)

Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m.
June 23-September 18: No Drop-Ins, please call to schedule appointments.
Drop-in and check-in. Drop-in appointments last up to ten minutes.
We offer extended hours: Wednesday, September 28th – Friday, September 30th 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m. & Friday, November 4th – Friday, November 18th 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
*Drop-in advising is suggested for quick questions and registration issues.*

Prospective Advising for UW Students

Meet with a Foster Academic Adviser in an interactive workshop to prepare for the Foster School application.

With a Foster academic adviser, students will draft an academic plan leading up to the application deadline. Together, we will map out the course requirements to strategize the best route for UW students to apply to Foster while exploring other majors. Students will see the benefits of planning early and working with academic advisers to maximize their options at UW. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Foster Academic advisers will cover all components of the application:

  • Pre-application and pre-admission requirements
  • Writing skills assessment
  • Personal statement

*This workshop is designed for students planning to apply to Foster on October 5, 2016 and after.

Email Advising

To send a question to an academic adviser, email [email protected]. We respond to email inquiries within two business days. For pressing or complicated advising questions, please schedule an individual advising appointment. Drop-in advising is also available and offers the most immediate response to your advising questions.

What to Expect in an Advising Appointment

Foster academic advisers are here to work with you to navigate your degree and explore opportunities that impact your academic progress and career planning. Ultimately, you are responsible for your education, and it is up to you to decide how you want to engage in your academics and co-curricular programs. The advisers work with you to plan for short-term and long-term goals. Be sure to visit an academic counselor throughout your academic career.

Here are examples of how you can work with an academic adviser.

  • Prepare to apply: See a Foster academic adviser to talk about admission to the UW Foster School of Business. Advisers can answer your questions about prerequisites, tips for preparing to apply, and application procedures.
  • Start off strong: Consult with an adviser during your first quarter as a Foster student to discuss your goals and make long range plans. Explore ways to customize your education.
  • Customize your degree: Add an option, concentration, certificate, and more. You have a variety of ways to specialize within the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree. Advisers can help you make plans and discover opportunities within the Foster School of Business.
  • Study abroad: Expand your world! Explore study abroad opportunities with the Global Business Center and the International Programs and Exchanges Office. Work with a Foster academic adviser to see how courses taken abroad can be used toward your business degree. Start researching early!
  • Explore choices and navigate decisions: See how you can apply business to academic majors and minors in other departments. Work with a Foster academic adviser to talk about how your degree program fits with your interests and goals inside and outside of business.
  • Graduate: Apply to graduate and finalize your academic plans with an adviser. Get graduating senior priority (GSP) registration. Discuss and clarify long term goals. Prepare for graduate school. Prepare to apply for full-time positions. Your Foster academic adviser is here to support, guide, and refer you to resources for help with this exciting, if scary, transition! Students may apply to graduate once they have earned senior status at 135 credits.