A Guide to Your First Year at UW Bothell

Week 5 - Check Your Progress

week 5 get ready for midterms

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  • November 11
    • Veteran’s Day – NO CLASSES
  • November 7-8
    • Registration for Juniors (90+ credits)
    • See your MyUW for your specific registration start date
  • January 15 - Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) priority application date. You must list the "University of Washington" Code #003798

This week’s questions:

I’m worried about my grades; what can I do about it?

Talk to your professors!

  • First and foremost, you should check in with your professors. They may have a much clearer view of how you’re doing than you might.
  • If you are struggling, they should be the first point of contact to get you back on track. Many professors are willing to work with you to make a plan for your success.

Talk to your advisor about your options.

  • If you’ve talked to your professor already, and it doesn’t look like you’ll be doing as well as you’d like, make an appointment with your advisor.
  • Your advisor will be able to assess your goals and your progress and help you make the choice that’s right for you. Options include S/NS grading or using an Annual Drop.

What are the UW GPA expectations?

  • Generally speaking a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required to be in "Good" Academic Standing. Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 are placed on Academic Warning or Academic Probation. Click here for more information.
  • Students on Academic Warning or Probation are required meet with an academic advisor to discuss strategies and support structures available to promote academic success.
  • Capacity-constrained majors require a much higher GPA to be admitted into their program.

I’m going to my First Quarter Advising soon, how can I prepare?

Make a list of questions you have.

  • It’s as simple as that! Even if your advisor isn’t able to answer all your questions, they can connect you with the staff and resources that can help you out.

Use MyPlan to make a schedule you’d like to have for Winter Quarter.

  • Having something in mind is better than not having a plan.
  • Your advisor will be able to see where you’re trying to go and help confirm or modify your plan to help you get there.

If you have questions you don’t see on here, feel free to stop in at our Quick Questions Drop-In Advising. We’re in the Student Success Center (UW1-160) 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Thursday.

You can also reach us through email or by phone:

(425) 352-3427