Welcome to Allen School Advising!

Our mission is to:

  • Provide helpful information and guidance to prospective and current CSE students
  • Foster a school atmosphere where all students feel welcomed and included
  • Review and update Allen School services and policies to ensure CSE students receive an excellent educational experience

CSE Advising Office: Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering, CSE2 170 While the majority of appointments are still virtual, you may contact your assigned adviser or ugrad-adviser@cs email if you would like to meet in person.

Email Quick Questions Scheduled Appointments Peer Advisers Assigned Advising Undergraduate Resources

Email an Adviser


Email the advisers for answers to simple, close-ended questions. For more complex questions, please plan to speak with an adviser at quick questions or by appointment. We prefer that you email our main inbox (not individual advisers) for all advising questions. If you would like your email to be directed to a specific adviser, please indicate this in your salutation.

For the best and most timely response:

  • Use your CS email and include your student number.
  • Do not email multiple advisers with the same question. Emailing ugrad-adviser@cs will result in quickest response times.
  • If asking for registration help, include the SLNs of all lectures & quiz sections.
  • Use salutations and signatures.
  • Check spelling, grammar, and names.
  • Wait at least 2 business days for a response before emailing again.

Appointments & Quick Questions

Who can meet with an Allen School adviser?

Allen School advisers are happy to meet with Allen School students and anyone who is interested in taking coursework in the Allen School.

Current UW Students who are not in the Allen School are welcome to come to talk about taking CSE courses and exploring the field of computer science & engineering. Due to capacity constraints, Allen School advisers will only meet with non-major UW students during Quick Questions.

Prospective transfer students should familiarize themselves with our transfer page and attend an information session

High school students should familiarize themselves with our high school admissions page and attend an information session. We do not have the capacity to meet with high school students individually.

Should I come to Quick Questions or schedule an appointment?

Come to a 10 minute Quick Questions session:
Schedule an appointment to talk about:
  • Course registration
  • What to register for next quarter
  • Adding or dropping a class in the first two weeks of the quarter
  • Co-curricular opportunities and ways to get involved
  • Clearing registration holds or blocks
  • Signing quick forms
  • Career-related quick questions
  • Anything you need if scheduled appointment slots are not available
  • Long-term educational planning
  • Academic or personal concerns
  • Dropping a course starting the 3rd week of the quarter or withdrawing from quarter
  • Changing grading of course to S/NS
  • Continuation policy concerns
  • Transfer admission planning (refer to UW course equivalency guide first)

Quick Question advising sessions

If you have quick questions (something that would take about 10 minutes to discuss), please come to our Quick Question advising sessions, held every day. Hours are listed on the undergraduate advising calendar. Peer advisers are not available during quick questions

Instructions for virtual Quick Questions: All UW students are able to attend virtual Quick Questions; log-in requires a UW-or CSE NetID. First, login to the online check in tool. You may sign in to see a specific person or to see the first person available. After you log in, please open your email. Current CSE students will receive an adviser's zoom link to their @cs email account, and non-CSE majors at their @uw email.

Scheduled Appointments

Schedule Appointment

Please note: While the majority of our appointments are still virtual to offer the most flexibility to our students and to see more students than we could in person, if you strongly prefer to meet in person, please reach out to your assigned adviser and we will accommodate that request.

If you are unable to make it to a Quick Question advising session or need a longer appointment with an adviser (about 20 - 30 minutes), please schedule an appointment online. Appointments book up to 3 weeks out, so if you are seeing no available meetings please check back for more availability. Appointments are currently available via Zoom or phone.

To make the most of you advising appointment, arrive on time and bring:

  • Your proposed schedule for next quarter or year(if you are looking for feedback on your academic plan)
  • Your preferred method of taking notes
  • The list of questions or concerns you want to address

We understand that life happens, technology is imperfect, and that we're all generally doing the best we can. However, advising appointments are in high demand and can be difficult to schedule, and it is important to be considerate of both the advisers' and other students' time. Missing meetings deprives another student the opportunity to meet with their adviser and takes away from advisers' time to assist students.

Late policy: If you are more than 15 minutes late to your scheduled 30 minute advising appointment or 5 minutes late to a 15 minute advising appointment, you will be asked to reschedule.

Canceling appointments: If you need to cancel a scheduled appointment, please give 24 hours advance notice if possible. Even if you can't give 24 hours notice, emailing us to let us know you can't make it as soon as you can is greatly appreciated.

No-Shows: No-shows without prior notification are logged in our scheduling system. Repeat no-shows could result in a student being banned from scheduling future appointments.

Meet with Peer Advising

Allen School peer advisers can also discuss course planning, getting started with research or teaching, landing internships, getting involved with the Allen School or in the UW, and so much more. Peer Advisers are available by appointment only during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Connect with a Peer Adviser!

Assigned Advising

All Allen School students are paired with an assigned adviser. Your assigned adviser is listed on your My CSE Undergraduate Resources page. You can meet with your adviser for long term planning or whenever you would like to talk with someone who is more familiar with your academic journey. Here's how to connect with your assigned adviser:

  • Email our general inbox ugrad-adviser@cs.washington.edu. We will either forward to your assigned adviser or to someone else if they can provide a quicker response. If you want to make sure your email goes only to your assigned adviser, please indicate that in your email.
  • Quick Questions: We suggest that you are as flexible as possible with who you meet during quick questions, for the shortest wait times.
  • Appointments: schedule an appointment online.

To change your assigned adviser for any reason, simply let the new adviser with whom you wish to work know, and they can make that change for you.

Undergraduate Resources

Navigating the Allen School

UW General Advising

Personal Counseling

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