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Advising

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 UW holidays

Individual Appointments

The Foster Undergraduate Programs office is remote for Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021 per the COVID-19 precautionary health measures.

To schedule an advising appointment, please utilize our Bookings calendar. Please note you can only schedule up to two weeks.

Current Foster Students: please schedule with your assigned advisor.
Prospective Students: during our Admissions Review and Fall Registration we do not meet with Prospective Students for 30 minute appointments; you will be able to schedule after November 23, 2020.

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

Drop-in Advising

Drop-in Advising occurs online Monday – Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. PST – Depending on demand you may be in the wait-room for a while. We will also be offering three special Friday Drop-ins on November 6, 13, and 20th.

Transfer Thursday

Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Prospective transfer students can learn about the Foster School of Business transfer process every Thursday. This advising hour with the business advisers takes place following the UW-wide Transfer Thursday session. Starting Thursday, August 6th through December 10th, 2020, click here to join Zoom.

Email Advising

Current Foster Students: please email your assigned advisor. If you are unsure who your assigned adviser is, please email [email protected].
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 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.