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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 quarter 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 Admission page for additional information.

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

Paula Newcomer and Margot Nims are the advisors for the undergraduate Physics majors. They are 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 majors course add codes, application to major questions or applying for graduation.  
No appointment necessary!

Paula Newcomer Margot Nims General Contact

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
9:30 - 11:30 & 1:30 - 3:30
Not available 7/1-8/31
(206) 543-3862

Join Paula on Zoom

Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday
9:30 - 11:30 & 1:30 - 3:30
Not Available 6/14-6/18
(206) 543-2772

Join Margot on Zoom

Physics Undergraduate Advising
Box 351560
Physics Astronomy Building C139
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-1560

Office closures and/or revised drop-in hours are ALWAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Drop-in Advising: the Google sign-in sheet for drop-in advising will open a few minutes before the start of each day.  Please provide as much information as possible on the google sign-in sheet so we may best assist you. The Google sign in sheet is temporarily unavailable, please use Zoom contacts or email at this time.

Download the Standard UW Zoom desktop or phone app here:

Prof. Olmstead (Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, UFA) is available at  To schedule an advising appointment with Prof. Olmstead, please sign up at  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.

Susan Miller is the Introductory Sequence Program Coordinator and can be contacted at  She can help you register for Physics 11x or 12x or pick up 1xx exams after the date when they were returned in class.

Amy Glenz is the Student Services Program Assistant.  If you aren’t sure whom you should see, Amy can point you in the right direction.