Academic Advising

Advising for Enrolled Students

Graduate students are assigned to an advisor on the basis of the first letter of their last name.

A-Jn  Advisor in transition (temporarily Sarah Denes)
Jo-Z Sarah Denes,

Schedule an appointment with your advisor or call (202) 994-3002 to speak with the receptionist about your needs. We cannot accommodate same-day appointments or appointment requests made by e-mail (appointments are for current Elliott School students only).

Drop-in Office Hours            

Summer 2017 drop-in hours (beginning May 30):

Sarah Denes Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00am - 1:00pm



Academic advisors will set drop-in hours each semester. During these hours, the advisor will be available to meet with students in-person OR over the phone on a first-come, first-served basis (no appointment necessary). Questions are not limited to "general questions", but meetings cannot exceed 30 minutes.

During office hours, students are welcome to meet with any advisor (not limited to their assigned advisor), but may be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment with their assigned advisor if appropriate. To meet with an advisor during office hours, please check-in at the front desk of Suite 302 or call 202-994-3002.

*In the event that office hours are cancelled, a notification will be posted on the 19thandE Blog and Facebook page. 

Online Advising

*Online advising is currently suspended for the summer term.*


What Advisors Do

While students are responsible for determining their schedule and meeting all degree requirements, Academic Advisors are here to guide graduate students through the entire graduate degree. An Academic Advisor can help you:

  • Choose your courses
  • Prepare your plan of study
  • Organize a study abroad experience
  • Check your progress towards graduation
  • Generally facilitate your successful completion of GW and the Elliott School's graduate program.

Review this flyer to learn more about the differences between your Academic Advisor and your Program Director.

Read our Advising Syllabus (.pdf) to learn more about our advising system, student and advisor expectations, and your timeline for graduating.

Contact Graduate Advising

Academic Advising and Student Services
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 302
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-3002
Fax: 202-994-9537


Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (during the fall & spring semesters)

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