Advising Services

Academic Advising Is A Partnership

Academic advisors can assist you with many things. Our advising services can range from general support to extensive academic planning. Academic advising requires work on our part as well as yours.  Because of this, it's helpful to do your research and be prepared when you contact an advisor. We want to be sure you're successful at UW Tacoma and are here to support you!


Advisor Responsibilities
  • Effectively communicate UW Tacoma’s academic policies, procedures and graduation requirements
  • Clarify admission requirements for each UW Tacoma academic program major
  • Assist in the appropriate course selection that will satisfy UW Tacoma general education requirements (GER)
  • Advise in the appropriate course selection and pathway that will satisfy admission requirements for UW Tacoma majors
  • Provide assistance and training with Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS), student academic progress and progress towards prospective major
  • Maintain regular office hours and provide students with an appointment schedule and\or drop in advising schedule
  • Provide self-exploration opportunities for students helping to clarify interests and goals leading towards the choice of an academic major
  • Provide appropriate referrals to other campus resources when necessary
  • Help students gain decision making skills and take an active role in assuming responsibility for their academic plan
  • Maintain accurate advising notes and documentation for each student
  • Comply with the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Respect each student’s right to choose and make decisions
Student Responsibilities
  • Contact an advisor when in need of assistance
  • Prepare and be an active learner in your advising appointment:
    • Review your degree audit (DARS)
    • Use MyPlan to create a tentative academic plan
    • Review the Time Schedule
    • Bring a list of questions
    • Become knowledgeable about policies, procedures and requirements, i.e. add/drop deadlines, registration dates, course prerequisites, and review resources regularly:
      • Student Planner
      • UWT Catalog
      • Quarterly Registration Guide
      • UWT Quarterly Time Schedule
      • MyUW
      • MyPlan
  • Learn general education requirements (GER), academic major requirements and pre requisites for courses and register in accordance with those responsibilities
  • Navigate appropriate websites for information
  • Be responsible for appropriate course selection
  • Register for your courses on time
  • Participate in opportunities that help identify interests and career goals
  • Use UW email and check regularly to ensure timely communication
  • Accept responsibility and take an active part in academic planning