Academic Advising

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common advising questions

If you still need help, contact your advisor at iasadv@uw.edu. Advisors respond to emails within 2 - 3 days.

  1. Where can I find out what classes will be offered next quarter?
  2. How do I apply to graduate?
  3. Who is my advisor?
  4. Where can I find important dates and deadlines?
  5. How can I contact my instructor?
  6. How can I get into a course that is full?
  7. What is an entry code? How do I get an add code?
  8. What is BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone? Do I have to take this course?
  9. When is the last day for me to drop a course?
  10. Why is there a hold on my account?
  11. How many credits do I need to take to be full time?
  12. Will my advisor pick out classes for me?
  13. How do I leave feedback about my advising experience?
  14. I want to meet with a different advisor. How can I schedule an appointment?

Where can I find out what classes will be offered next quarter?

The Time Schedule of courses for the upcoming term is generally published 3 - 4 weeks before registration begins. This means it can be difficult to plan courses several quarters in advance. Schedule an Academic Planning meeting with your advisor so that they can help you understand which courses in your major are limited to specific quarters. 


How do I apply to graduate?

Graduation Applications require an in-person meeting with your advisor. These meetings are 15-minutes long and cover important policies for graduating seniors. Your advisor will also share information about the Commencement Ceremony. Schedule your Graduation Application meeting in the third quarter before you plan to graduate so that you can enjoy priority registration in your last two quarters at UW!


Who is my advisor?

The name of your assigned advisor is listed on the webpage for your major. You can also see your assigned advisor when you book an appointment through Navigate. All students in IAS have access to the Drop-in Advisor, regardless of major.

Students are only able to book one-on-one appointments with their assigned major advisor. If you are not a current student in the School of IAS, you are not permitted to book an appointment online with an IAS Advisor. Pre-Major students should contact uwbadvis@uw.edu for scheduling help. Prospective and Future students should contact uwbinfo@uw.edu.


Where can I find important dates and deadlines?

Important dates can be found on the Academic Calendar. These deadlines are published and managed by the Office of the Registrar, not your advisor. It is the student's responsibility to review these dates each quarter and plan accordingly.


How can I contact my instructor?

IAS faculty contact information is available through the IAS faculty page. You can also look up faculty in the UW Bothell directory. Most instructors prefer to be contacted via e-mail.


How can I get into a course that is full?

If a course is full, join the waitlist by signing up for open seat alerts on the UW Notify system. This system will text or email you when a seat becomes available. Students can also email IAS instructors directly and ask permission to join a closed course. If you receive permission, forward a copy of the instructor's approval to iasadv@uw.edu and an Advisor will reply with an Add Code allowing you to register.


What is an Entry Code? How do I get an Add Code?

An Add Code and an Entry Code is the same thing! Review the Academic Calendar to view Add, Drop, and Withdrawal deadlines. After a certain date, you need an Add Code to register for courses. You will also need an Add Code to enroll in a class this is closed. To receive an Add Code, email the instructor directly to ask permission to join their class. Once you receive the instructor's approval, forward their permission to iasadv@uw.edu. Your advisor will then release an Add Code to you via email.


What is BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone? Do I have to take this course?

BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone is a required class for all students in IAS majors. This course encourages students to reflect on what they have learned, the connections they have made, and how their academic accomplishments can contribute to their future goals. Take this course in your last quarter at UW Bothell. Students must earn a 2.5 grade or better to pass this degree requirement.


When is the last day for me to drop a course?

Each academic year (September through August) students may drop one course after the 14th calendar day of a quarter, but no later than the end of the Late Course Drop Period. Once this “annual drop” is used, no additional drops will be permitted after the 14th calendar day until the next autumn quarter. For a detailed list of all registration and withdrawal deadlines, please refer to the UW Bothell Academic Calendar.

If you already used your Annual Drop, or missed the drop window, you might consider submitting a Hardship Withdrawal if you had an extenuating circumstance beyond your control that impacted your ability to be successful in a course. Your advisor can help you understand this process.


Why is there a hold on my account?

A hold will stop students from either registering or getting a copy of their transcript. A Registration or Transcript hold is placed on a student record when the student has an outstanding financial obligation to the University or has not met a particular enrollment requirement for their major. 

IAS will place an Academic Hold on your account if:

  • you did not take BIS 300 in your first quarter of admission
  • You reached 165 credits but did not submit a Graduation Application yet
  • you are on Academic Probation

Contact your advisor if you need help understanding your hold and lifting it.


How many credits do I need to be full time?

You need to register for 12 credits if your financial aid package requires full-time enrollment. Since every student's financial aid package is unique to their situation, IAS advisors cannot answer specific questions about financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid team for more information: uwbfaid@uw.edu. You can also schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid counselor online.


Will my advisor pick out classes for me?

No, your advisor will not pick out your classes or enroll for you. However, they will offer suggestions, clarify questions, and help you double-check your schedule.
 
Your advisor is there to make sure you understand how to research your classes, read your Degree Audit Report, understand your major requirements, know your options, and make effective decisions on your own. As a new student in IAS, this process may seem overwhelming at first, but your advisor is there to help you through it!


How do I leave feedback about my advising experience?

Your feedback will help your IAS Advisor improve the quality of academic advising. Compliments and criticisms are welcome! All remarks will be submitted anonymously unless you request specific follow-up. Advisors will read your comments carefully, consider them seriously, and make an effort to serve you better next time. Leave Advisor feedback online here.


I want to meet with a different advisor. How do I schedule this appointment?

Navigate is the online booking system used at UW Bothell to schedule advising appointments. Students can only schedule appointments with their assigned IAS advisor. If you would like to meet with a different IAS advisor, please email us or call (425) 352-5350.