CUSP is the home for First Year and Pre-Major students at UW Bothell. We are the first place to turn for all of your academic needs, from scheduling classes and meeting faculty to discussing your future career goals.
The CUSP mission is to support the successful transition to college of First Year and Pre-Major students and to provide the foundation on which they will continue scholarly and professional development.
We assist with all of your academic advising needs, host student success workshops, direct you to academic and student campus resources, and strive to give you a friendly space to land as you begin your college experience and move toward your future major. We are a friendly group and are eager to help you find your way.
CUSP courses are created to provide you with the skills to be successful in the 21st century workforce and to make meaningful contributions to your local, regional, and global communities. The Discovery Core, a sequence of required courses designed specifically for First Year students, will increase your capacity for active learning, for critical and creative inquiry, for encountering diversity (of perspectives, of people, of world views and of ideas), for quantitative and writing skills, for interdisciplinary practices, and for communication across different media platforms.
All CUSP courses are oriented toward addressing vital issues of the contemporary world outside your door and in your lives. Together we will learn about the connections between biology and business, mathematics and literature, geography and anthropology, psychology and economics, computer science and the arts, and, in this process, come to know ourselves and each other in important ways.
Our goal is to provide you with a rich learning environment. To continue to do so, we appreciate your feedback and ideas to accomplish this goal. Come by and see us in UW1-080 and begin to connect with as many people as possible. Welcome to UW Bothell!
Leslie Ashbaugh, Ph.D.
Director of CUSP, First Year and Pre-Major Programs
Senior Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences