Academic advising at the UW

Our general advisers help students plan and shape their undergraduate experience at the UW. In addition to assistance with tasks such as choosing a major and planning course schedules, advisers engage in a broader dialogue with individual students to better clarify their academic and personal goals.

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Your UW degree

Every undergraduate degree will look different. Generally, degrees are earned upon the successful completion of at least 180 college quarter credits distributed between General Education requirements, a major, electives and optional minors.

Your UW Degree

Student Voices

“My adviser helped me solve a lot of questions about choosing courses and how to plan out my academic career. I have been meeting with my adviser consistently just to make sure I am on the right track at the UW, and also I got so much good advice about how to thrive in college.”

Jimmy's Story

Meet with an Adviser

(206) 543-2550  •  141 Mary Gates Hall  •  advice@uw.edu


General education

Learn what components make up your undergraduate degree.

General Education


Your major consists of at least 50 credits and makes up about one-third of your bachelor’s degree program.

Majors and Minors

Co-curricular engagement

Learn how co-curricular activities can enhance your academic experience

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Alumni Spotlight

Brian Kuranishi
  2020, Communication (BA) & Interdisciplinary Visual Arts (BA)  Part-time at Amazon, part-time working on creative start-up business as a freelance videographer and photographer

When I first came to the University of Washington, I had my heart set on being an artist and pursuing a degree in Art. After my first few quarters, I decided to explore around and came across an Introduction to Communication class. It was in this class that sparked something inside of me. This set me on a path which opened the doors for me to be able to study something that I was passionate about in different avenues through art and communication.