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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.

Advising Availability

Please keep the following schedule in mind when planning your meeting with the Undergraduate Advising Team.

Regular Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5 pm.
Friday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Office Closed
All UW holidays

Individual Appointments

The Foster Undergraduate Programs office offers both in-person and remote options.

Current Foster Students: See Foster Advising Canvas page to schedule with your assigned adviser
Prospective Students: Attend our Thursday online information sessions or call us at 206-685-3400 to schedule an appointment.
Newly admitted incoming UW Freshman students: will not be seen until after they’ve completed orientation. Appointments scheduled will be canceled. Please direct questions to [email protected].

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

Drop-in Advising

Drop-in Advising are for quick questions:

Drop-ins are Monday-Thursday 11:30 am-1:20 pm. We offer drop-ins both in person at Founders Hall 132 and virtually via zoom.

Click here to join via Zoom

The Certificate of International Studies in Business (CISB) Adviser drop-in schedule can be found on the CISB webpage.

You can always email [email protected] with questions. Emails will be responded within 48 business hours.

Should you have questions regarding your admission decision please email [email protected].

Interested in Foster – Transfer Thursday

Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Prospective transfer and future freshman students can learn about the Foster School of Business admission process from a business adviser. Offered via zoom on the following specific Thursday dates:

  • Summer 2023: July 27, August 10, September 7th and September 21st
  • Autumn 2023: September 28th, November 2nd, November 16th
  • Winter 2024: January 11th, January 25th, February 8th, February 22nd, March 7th – March 21st
    • *MARCH 21st session: Zoom or IN-PERSON: Founders Hall, RM 170
  • Spring 2024: May 9th, May 23rd, June 13th

Click here to join Zoom.

Email Advising

Current Foster Students: please email your assigned advisor. If you are unsure who your assigned adviser is, you can use the Adviser Look Up Tool located on the Academic Advising page in Canvas.
Prospective students: please send your questions to [email protected].
We respond to email inquiries within two business days. For pressing or complicated advising questions, please schedule an individual advising appointment.

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 or change a discipline-specific major, 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 by earning UW and Foster credit abroad! Check out Foster’s Global Business Center (GBC) study abroad programs offering business credit or the UW Study Abroad Office for all programs available to UW undergraduates. Work with your Foster Academic Adviser to see how courses taken abroad can be used toward your business degree and learn more about the study abroad programs offered by meeting with a GBC Foster Study Abroad Adviser. 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.