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Advising & Student Services

Physics is a “capacity constrained” major, entrance into the Physics major is by application.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm PST on the 3rd Friday of Autumn and Spring quarter. Applications from Transfer students who started at the UW the previous Autumn are due by 5:00 pm PST on the 3rd Friday of Winter quarter. Please see our Admissions page for additional information.

Note: In-person advising is currently not available. Please see remote advising options below to contact a student services member.

Our Undergraduate Advising Team (, which includes Jeanny Mai, is available to help with academic and career planning, and answer questions and concerns of undergraduates, alumni and prospective students. They can assist with registration holds, distribution of major course add codes, application to major questions, or applying for graduation. 

Zoom Drop-In Advising Hours: 9:30 - 11:30am & 1:30 - 3:00pm MON-FRI 
NOTE: September 16: Advising symposium/no drop-in advising available
November 11: Holiday off/no drop-in advising available
November 24-25: Holiday off/no drop-in advising available

* Hours subject to change

 Zoom Advising DROP IN SIGN-IN

If you need a longer (virtual) appointment with an advisor (approx 20-30 minutes) please schedule an appointment online.

Advising Appointment Signup

Visitors need to sign-in using their UW NetID (
Download the Standard UW Zoom desktop at:

Jade Cox ( is the Introductory Sequence Program Coordinator. Contact Jade with questions about the physics introductory sequence and assist with registration for Phys 11x and 12x courses. For additional information, see the Introductory courses page:

Physics introductory classes have course cancellations in effect. If your pre-requisites are not in the UW registration system by the cancellation date (due to delay in processing AP scores, credits transferred from a community college, etc.), you may be dropped from your course. Email for assistance with registration to avoid being dropped.

Prof. Olmstead (Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, UFA) is available at  To schedule an advising appointment with Prof. Olmstead, please sign up at UNDERGRADUATE FACULTY advising.  A Zoom invitation will be emailed to you. During drop-in hours, Zoom to 206-685-3031 and you will be added to her waiting room. Please email if you have been waiting more than 15 minutes.

Prof. Olmstead can help you with issues that require faculty input or perspective. Please contact her to attempt a course for a third time, register for graduate courses, requesting a course substitution of a physics degree requirement, reviewing 200 level transfer credits or Study Abroad equivalency to UW Physics courses.

Catherine Provost (Graduate Academic Counselor) meets with undergraduates by appointment via  We recommend that undergraduates considering graduate study consult with Catherine early on in their undergraduate experience.   She also provides graduate course add codes to undergraduates who have instructor and UFA approval.

Lihong Zhang is the Student Services Program Assistant.  If you aren’t sure whom you should see, Lihong can point you in the right direction.  She also coordinates the department time schedule and course offerings.

Physics Astronomy Building C139 (campus map)
Phone: 206-685-1832