Current students can set up advising appointments by contacting Kathryn Grubbs .
In the first year, all students are required to meet with the Robinson Center academic counselor once prior to autumn quarter registration and then twice during the academic year: once each during the autumn and spring quarters. Students are notified by email of available advising times and are responsible for make an appointment with the academic counselor. The purpose of these first year meetings includes: reviewing students’ academic progress and transition to the university; discussing course selection and major preparation; identifying appropriate resources and departmental contacts (i.e. faculty members and departmental advisers); discussing challenges or questions the student may have; reviewing the University of Washington’s admissions requirements or College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs); addressing students’ questions and concerns; and providing supportive interventions and referrals when necessary.
During the winter quarter of the first year, students will have the option to participate in a 2-credit research seminar designed to further their exploration of the University of Washington; this exploration includes learning more about potential majors, research opportunities, study abroad programs, and scholarships as well as an introduction to other campus services. This course is taught by Robinson Center staff.
It is our hope that this first year process fosters positive advising relationships between the student and academic counselor and establishes a secure base of support for all of our students.
In the second year, students are invited to meet with the academic counseling staff in autumn quarter and are required to meet with the academic counselor once during the winter quarter. Again, students are notified by email of the available advising times and are responsible for making an appointment with an academic counselor. The purpose of these second year meetings includes: continued work on items covered during the first year meetings; assistance with major selection; ensuring the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs) have been met; addressing students’ questions and concerns; and providing supportive interventions and referrals when necessary.
Expectations of students with declared majors:
These students are welcome and encouraged to remain in contact with the RC staff for advising or assistance, but primary advising duties are transferred to the departmental adviser(s).
Expectations of students without declared majors:
- Actively working to fulfill all remaining CADRs
- Actively working to take prerequisites for intended major(s)
- Meeting with Robinson Center Academic Counseling staff to discuss plans for declaring major
- Declaring a major by end of third academic year
- Requesting academic appointments when needed
- Checking in with RC staff if they are experiencing academic challenges or struggles
*Note: Third year students do not have required academic advising appointments, however they are welcome to schedule such appointments. During certain times of the quarter (especially in the weeks preceding registration) the academic advising staff’s priority is to the required advising appointments for first and second year students. During these busy times, third year students may experience a delay in scheduling an appointment.
Fourth Year and Beyond
All current and former Robinson Center students are encouraged and invited to remain in contact with Robinson Center Academic Counseling staff, so we may share in your adventures, accomplishments, and endeavors. Alumni are invited to remain in contact by signing up for the RC Alumni listserv (contact the RC Counseling Assistant
Grades and Academic Progress
Quarterly grades are checked during the students’ first two years at the university. All students who have a quarterly GPA below 3.3 (out of 4.0) will be sent an email requesting an individual meeting with a member of the academic counseling staff. During this meeting, the student’s academic progress, quarterly schedule, and particular challenges will be discussed. At the discretion of the academic counseling staff, a student may be encouraged to participate in an academic intervention such as the following: attend study skills workshops; meet with an academic counselor regularly during the next quarter; alter quarterly schedule; or establish a specific study plan.
College Academic Distribution Requirements or ‘CADRs’ reflect the minimum number of credits required in six subject areas that students must earn to be eligible for routine admission consideration by four-year public baccalaureate institutions. Students admitted to the Robinson Center do not complete high school, so are unable to complete CADRs prior to enrolling at UW. Robinson Center students are still required to complete CADRs but are allowed to do so through college-level coursework after they are admitted. Robinson Center students must complete all CADR requirements prior to declaring a major at UW.
Example CADR form
Students can read more about the types of courses that fulfill CADRs at the college level here. Academy students will enter UW with the CADRs they completed during their 2 years of high school. Transition School students will enter UW with the CADRs they completed during their TS year (English, Science, Math, Social Science).
All RC students should consult with the RC Adviser to plan CADR fulfilling courses on a timeline consistent with UW’s expectations for when students should declare a major.
Declaring a Major
Robinson Center students are not eligible for Direct Freshman Admission (DFA) to majors because they enter with admission deficiencies (CADRs). Robinson Center students declare majors along the same timeline as other UW students. UW students are expected to declare a major by the time they have earned 105 credits AND
completed 5 quarters. Robinson Center students declare their majors anytime between the end of their first year and the beginning of their third year. Once Robinson Center students have completed their CADRs and major prerequisites/acceptance, they can become declared in their major. To declare a major, Robinson Center students must submit a Change of Major form
to the Robinson Center advisor. The form must be submitted with the major department advisor’s signature and the student’s signature.
Robinson Center students are encouraged to stay in regular contact with the RC adviser and department advisers to plan a course timeline that allows for CADR completion and major declaration prior to reaching 105 credits or 5 quarters.
For the quarterly and grade review meetings, the academic counseling staff will send two emails asking students to set up appointments. It is important for students and parents to understand that if a student fails to respond to these announcements, the academic counselor will not continue to pursue him/her. Nor will the academic counseling staff contact parents directly in keeping with the student’s privacy rights under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). We strongly encourage parents to communicate directly with students about their academic performance.
In order to maximize the benefit of the supportive community at the Robinson Center, each student must advocate for her or himself and seek out assistance from the academic counseling staff early and as often as necessary. Students are always welcome and highly encouraged to meet with the academic counseling staff.
Students with Disabilities
The Robinson Center staff is committed to assisting students in accessing the services of the Disability Resources for Students Office (DRS). University students are expected to advocate for themselves in identifying their need for accommodations, and the Robinson Center staff will assist any student requesting help with this process. The DRS office provides services to enrolled students who have a documented permanent or temporary physical, psychological or sensory disability that qualifies them for academic accommodations under the law. To obtain services through DRS, students will need to do the following:
- Submit documentation of the diagnosed disability from a qualified treatment provider. Please contact Disability Resources for Students to discuss your specific disability and to inquire about the documentation needed in order to determine your eligibility for academic accommodations.
- Set up an intake appointment with the DRS Counselor or Director after your documentation is submitted to DRS. This meeting is designed to determine your specific needs, discuss the effects of your disability and determine the academic accommodations that would be reasonable and appropriate for you.
Contact information for DRS:
University of Washington
Disability Resources for Students
011 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352808
Seattle, WA 98195-5839