Welcome to Allen School Advising!

The Allen School Advising team strives to provide relationship-focused advising and holistic support to solve problems, navigate barriers, & empower Allen School students in their journey through higher education.

We do this by:

  • Providing helpful information and guidance to prospective and current CSE students.
  • Fostering a school atmosphere where all students feel welcomed and included.
  • Reviewing and updating 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

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. Prospective transfer students can also schedule an appointment with someone from our transfer team here or attend a =Quick Questions session on Thursdays from 2:30PM - 3:30PM PT via zoom here. No RSVP needed.

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

Check-In for Quick Questions

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. Check-in will open 15 minutes prior to the start of Quick Questions.

Instructions for Quick Questions: All UW students are able to attend 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, and you can choose whether you are meeting virtually or in-person. If you are meeting virtually, please open your email after you log in. 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

Scheduled appointments are available for all Allen School students. Students who are not currently in the Allen School should come to quick questions or email us if they can't make Quick Question time slots. Appointments may book up to 3 weeks out, so if you are seeing no available meetings please check back soon for more availability. If you don't have a preference on who you meet with, Allen School students can select "any available" to see the earliest appointment with any adviser. Appointments are offered both virtually and in-person.

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 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

Schedule Appointment

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

Husky Health and Wellbeing - your main page for all UW health services.

Study Skills/Academic Struggles