Undergraduate Academic Advising


Academic advisors are the principal academic resource for undergraduate students in the Elliott School and advise students throughout their entire collegiate experience. They guide students through academic and professional decisions, assist in connecting students with university resources and opportunities, and encourage students to reflect on how their personal journey can inform responsible citizenship and ethical leadership.

Students are assigned an academic advisor based on their last name and are encouraged to engage with their advisor every semester.

The Elliott International School of Affairs Undergraduate Academic Advising Team outside the building
 Other ways to communicate with an advisor:

In addition to meeting with your advisor, you can also email your advisor questions. Your primary academic advisor is available to answer emails Monday thru Friday during regular business hours, genearly 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.  You can also email [email protected] (our office email account) for more general questions. Email is the best option for short, simple questions (e.g. What date do I register?) and if you have more complex questions (e.g. Could you review my DegreeMAP with me, and discuss my graduation timeline?), we recommend scheduling an appointment.  

Note: when emailing any advisor it is important to include your GWID. For security purposes, it is also important to send your message from your GW email account.

Drop-In Advising

Drop-in advising is a great option if you have a quick question or two about a DegreeMAP issue, class scheduling, academic policy clarification, or other concerns that can be addressed briefly. When coming to drop-in advising, you will be assigned to the first advisor on duty who is available rather than your assigned advisor.


Drop-ins are held both virtually (via Blackboard) and in-person (1957 E St. NW, Suite 302).

Click HERE to join virtual drop-ins!


Drop-ins are currently paused until the week of August 19, 2024 (Fall 2024 Semester ). If you have any questions, please reach out the [email protected]. If you are a current Elliott School student admitted Spring 2024 or prior you can reach out to your advisor. If you are a newly admitted student for Fall 2024, please refer to the Pre-orientation Online Module and our email communications, sent to your GW email address, about next steps. 

For more in-depth conversation about curriculum planning, personal issues or concerns, or multiple questions that require more time to respond, please schedule a 30 minute appointment. Thirty minute appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

Use this guide to help you choose between drop-ins or making an appointment!

  Leadership Team


Specialized Advisors

Career Services Special Advisors

Career Services at George Washington University has two industry focused professionals for Elliott School students. If you have questions about internships or employment opportunities you can meet with them to discuss resumes, cover letters, networking strategies, graduate school application materials, and even conduct mock interviews. 

Study Abroad Special Advisor

Do you have any questions about studying abroad and want to talk about with an advisor that understands the experience of Elliott School students? 

Chris Hill

Study Abroad Advisor

Chris Hill serves as the Study Abroad Advisor for students within the Elliott School of International Affairs. Come meet with him every Thursday from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM to discuss all of your options. You can drop-in or make appointments here

You can also reach out to the Office for Study Abroad(OSA) here and sign up for the OSA Newsletter here to stay informed on OSA events, updates, deadlines, and more. 

Make an Appointment with Chris

Pre-Law Mentors and Resources

If you are interested in discussing going into the field of law, please consider reaching out to our Elliott affiliated faculty, staff or alumni. We are excited to present a variety of mentors from various backgrounds. Please see their bios and the best way to schedule a time to meet with them below: 

GW University Staff Mentors: 

ILTC Stephen Trynosky, JD, MPH, MSS, MMAS

Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army Reserve

Practitioner-in-Residence/Senior Military Advisor

Elliott School of International Affairs

Link to bio and contact information (You can email LTC Trynosky directly to find a time to meet)


Dr. Lakeisha Harrison, Ph.D., Esq. (she/her)

Assistant Dean, Student Services, Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Professional Lecturer | African Studies

Elliott School of International Affairs (Link to bio)

Email Sebastian Reyes to set up a time to talk with Dr. Harrison 

Dr. Jeffrey Brand, Ph.D., JD

Associate Provost, Undergraduate Affairs and Special Programs

Associate Professor of Philosophy (Link to bio)

Contact Anmol Agarwal, [email protected], to request a meeting with Provost Brand


Elliott School Alumni Mentors:  

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Margaret Meiman (ESIA BA'20)

Maggie Meiman (ESIA BA'20) is a 2L student at New York University School of Law interested in international litigation and arbitration. At NYU, she is a member of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team, a Senior Staff Editor on the Journal of International Law and Politics, and a TA for the 1L Legal Research & Writing Class. Maggie worked in the Chambers of the Hon. Timothy M. Reif, U.S. Court of International Trade for her 1L summer, and will be spending her 2L summer at White & Case LLP.  Prior to law school, Maggie worked as a Consultant in Deloitte’s Government and Public Services practice, supporting federal agencies to achieve strategic modernization objectives, as well as interning at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council. Maggie holds a B.A. in international affairs and economics from The George Washington University. 

Email [email protected] to request a meeting. 


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Meenu Ann Mathews - Law Clerk at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Meenu graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs from ESIA in 2018 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2023. After graduating from law school, she joined the Litigation Department at Davis, Polk, & Wardwell, a global law firm headquartered in New York, where she works on cross-border and government investigations, as well as civil litigation in federal courts.  During law school, Meenu had experiences across the public and private sectors, interning with the Department of Justice, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and two global law firms in Washington, DC and New York.  At Columbia, she was the Executive Articles Editor of the Human Rights Law Review,  Mentorship Chair for Empowering Women of Color, and an Academic Coach/Teaching Assistant for first-year students.  She also served as Co-Director of Law School Mastery®, a national pipeline program dedicated to mentoring and supporting diverse students as they enter law school.  At GW, she was involved in the Student Association and the Pre-Law Association.  As the first in her family to attend law school, Meenu is excited to help Elliott School students navigate the law school decision and application process!

Email [email protected] to request a meeting.

Elliott School: Pre-Law Resources Guide



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