Undergraduate Academic Advising

Our academic advisors are the principal academic resource for undergraduate students in the Elliott School and are here to guide students throughout their entire undergraduate experience. Students are assigned a professional academic advisor based on their last name and are encouraged to regularly engage with their advisor and the Undergraduate Academic Advising office.


Make an Appointment with your Academic Advisor


photo: Tim Dodd headshot

Tim Dodd

Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising

"Elliott School academic advisors offer more than assistance with course selection and major declaration. Your advisor also will provide you with opportunities to reflect on your academic, personal and professional decisions; explore and find interconnection among your curricular and co-curricular experiences; and construct a distinctive and powerful personal story that will inform your life as a responsible citizen and ethical leader."

Engage with Academic Advising

COVID-19 Information

The Elliott School's Undergraduate Academic Advising Office is operating virtually until further notice. Please direct all messages and inquiries to 202-994-3002 or [email protected] and someone will respond as soon as possible. Students can continue to make advising appointments with their advisors, and the advisor will contact them with information about the medium through which the appointment will be held. The Elliott School is committed to the safety and care of our entire community, and we appreciate your patience and flexibility during this time.

Please review GW's Spring 2021 Plan for more information about how the University is operating as a result of COVID-19.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

You have the option of scheduling both 30 minute and, at certain times of the semester, 15 minute "express" appointments, both of which are scheduled online. Please schedule a 30 minute appointment for more in-depth conversation about curriculum planning, personal issues or concerns, or multiple questions that require adequate time to respond. Thirty minute appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance; often an advisor's calendar will not have available appointments for a week or two when you try to make an appointment so plan ahead when scheduling. 

During busy periods, you can schedule a same-day, 15 minute express appointment. Fifteen minute appointments need to be scheduled at least 2 hours in advance. A 15 minute appointment is appropriate if you have a quick question or two about a DegreeMAP issue, class scheduling, academic policy clarification, or other concern that can be addressed briefly.

Students are assigned to their Elliott School academic advisor based on their last name (see below). 

A-Caq, Dj-Fin: Morgan Quijano 

Car-Dat, Fio-GauAmy Stearns 

Dau-Di, Gav-Gom: Timothy Dodd

Gon-Kas, Maz-Moo: Paul Wagner 

Kat-May, Mop-O: Abigail Nelson-Miller

Ros-Tol, P-Q: Colten Karnedy

Tom-Z, Ra-Ror: Debbi Washington


Peer Advisors

In addition to the advising you receive from the professional academic advisors, the Elliott School offers supplemental advising from Peer Advisors. Peer Advisors are students like you, who can provide useful insight into many aspects of academic life at the Elliott School and GW.  While Peer Advisors assist in the teaching of First Year Experience (IAFF 1001), they also can offer unique guidance based on special training and personal experiences, Peer Advisors can help you:

  • Navigate your way through the University

  • Learn and understand the curriculum

  • Complete your Four Year Plan assignment

  • Determine which courses and professors may be of particular interest to you

  • Complete Elliott School forms and applications

  • Find more information on internships and studying abroad

In addition to discussing your academic concerns, please consider asking peer advisors questions like these:

  • What was the most beneficial advice you received about college?

  • What scared you most about starting college? How did you adjust?

  • Did you make any big mistakes your first year? What would you do differently?

  • What was the best thing that happened to you first year?

  • What's the best way to make close friends?


Meet our Peer Advisors


Important Information

While your academic advisor has specific and significant roles in your education at GW, you have an equally significant role with specific responsibilities. Academic advising is a two-way street and you must be proactive in your relationship with your academic advisor. In order to make your advising experience the best it can be, take a moment to reflect on the responsibilities of both the student and academic advisor.

View the Student-Advisor Compact

This page contains links to both academic and non-academic resources at GW. Not sure which office to contact? Read the office descriptions below. Still not sure where to turn? Contact your academic advisor.

Career Center

A useful and necessary resource each year you are enrolled at GW. Find information on resumes, interviewing, internships, workshops, and job and internship listings in the Center for Career Services.

Colonial Central

Colonial Central is your service hub combining Student Financial Assistance, Student Accounts, the Registrar, and the Cashier's Office in one location: The University Student Center.

Colonial Health Center

The Colonial Health Center is home to both Mental Health and Medical Services. Medical Services provides high-quality medical care to all GW students. Students can either make an appointment or, for urgent medical needs, walk-in during business hours.

The Mental Health Services office offers a broad range of confidential counseling services to help students navigate the various issues and obstacles they may face while at GW.  Students may meet with a counselor without an appointment during business hours.

Students seeking medical advice or counseling outside of normal business hours are encouraged to call the Colonial Health Center's after-hours hotline, which is available 24/7 to all GW students.

Disability Support Services

Do you have a learning or physical disability that warrants accommodations? Do you suspect that you might have a disability? Work with Disability Support Services to document your needs and find appropriate accommodations to help you reach your goals.

GW Division of Information Technology

Experiencing problems with your GW Mail, myGW portal, GWeb, or Blackboard? Contact the GW Division of IT Support Center for assistance.

Library Resources for Elliott School Students

Created specifically for you, the Gelman Library's Research Guides for International Affairs contains research guides and access to databases that are relevant to your degree.

Multicultural Student Services Center

GW's Multicultural Student Services Center helps you connect with students, staff, faculty, academic opportunities, and campus resources supporting GW's mission to promote and enhance multicultural awareness.

Parent Services

Wondering how to support your student's transition to GW? Looking to connect with the GW community? Have questions about GW? Parent Services is here for you.

Registrar's Office

The Registrar's Office is your source for information on University policies, registration, transcripts and certifications, and much more.

Student Accounts

Questions pertaining to your GW bills? The Student Accounts Office oversees general billing and collections. Located in Colonial Central.

Student Financial Assistance

Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance with questions about your financial aid and/or scholarships. Located in Colonial Central.

Study Abroad Office

Work with your advisor and the Study Abroad Office to plan your study abroad experience in one of over two hundred partner locations on five continents.

Undergraduate Fellowships and Research

Looking to enhance your academic experience by conducting original research? Looking for funding opportunities or fellowship opportunities to support your unique academic interest? Look no further than the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research.

Writing Center

Do you need assistance with a writing assignment, research paper, thesis, or personal statement? Peer tutors at the GW Writing Center will help you develop your ideas and clarify your syntax and diction.


The Elliott School has established a three-step process to address grade grievances as a result of reported arbitrary or capricious academic evaluation, in alignment with the Statement on Student Rights and Responsibilities. For grade grievances in non-IAFF courses, students should contact the respective academic department/school.

Grade Grievance Form


Contact Undergraduate Academic Advising

1957 E Street, NW, Suite 302

Washington, DC 20052

Phone: 202-994-3002

Email: [email protected]