Honors Advising

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Are you a prospective student or applicant interested in the UW Honors Program?

Note that drop-in advising hours are intended for current students only. Our front desk staff are happy to provide general information about our Program, but if you have more specific questions, please set up an individual appointment.

Drop-In Advising

Drop-in advising for quick questions is available for current UW Honors students. If the drop-in times don’t work in your schedule, or if you have big picture questions that require a longer conversation, please schedule an appointment using the Honors Advising Meeting Request Form.

No drop-in advising

To schedule an advising appointment, please complete the Honors Advising Meeting Request Form. We ask for advance notice of at least FIVE business days for appointments. If you wish to meet with a particular adviser, you may email them directly.

For appointments concerning post graduation plans or questions about a specific Honors study abroad program, please consider meeting with Associate Director, Julie Villegas. You can email her directly for an appointment at villegas@uw.edu

Honors Group Advising series is aimed at connecting Honors students with the people, resources, and topics relevant to a full and diverse UW undergraduate experience. Please join us, snacks provided!

WHERE and WHEN: all sessions will be in MGH206 from noon to 1 pm

  • Fall Quarter
    • Oct. 19: Graduate School Pep Talk with Pizza
    • Nov. 2: Mindfulness and Meditation Sampler
    • Nov. 30: Time Management for Finals
  • Winter Quarter
    • January:  Study Abroad Q&A
    • March 8: Pre-Health Info Session
  • Spring Quarter
    • April: Research & Using Summers for Experiential Learning
    • May: Portfolios and Pizza

GPA Advising

Please meet with an adviser if you are concerned about your GPA or if you are having trouble in a class. We can point you to many different resources both within Honors as well as on the larger UW campus that can help with time management, study skills, tutoring services, and more.  The earlier you ask for help, the better!

If your grades fall below a 3.3 cumulative GPA and you are put on probation in the Honors Program, you are required to meet with an Honors adviser. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss academic concerns and get support reflecting on challenges and creating plans for successful change.

Please review our Honors Program GPA policy to determine if you are in a probation quarter.

Advising Resources

Get started with UW MyPlan
View the UW Gen. Ed. requirements by college and school
Visit UW’s Undergraduate Advising website
Utilize UW Academic Support Programs
Interdisciplinary Honors Curriculum Requirements

Meet the Honors Advisers

Aley Mills Willis

Aley Mills Willis

Aley has been advising students in the UW Honors Program since Autumn, 2002. She completed her undergraduate studies at UW with an Honors degree in English Literature, and her graduate studies at UW with a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Policy Studies. She has focused much of her studies on how college students incorporate experiential learning opportunities into their curriculum. Before working in higher education, Aley worked in book publishing in NYC and Seattle and holds a particular interest in literature of the environment.

Aley has found advising students in the Honors Program to be a wonderful way to help motivated college students create an individualized path of study and reach their goals at the UW. When not working with students, or thinking about higher education, Aley spends as much time as possible with her family at home or in the mountains around the Seattle area. She has a passion for exploring and has spent much time traveling the world – mostly in search of more mountains. She is thrilled to help students imagine how to extend their education beyond the classroom both locally and abroad.

Brook Kelly

Brook Kelly

Brook has been advising in the Honors Program since 2005 and graduated from the UW in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with College Honors and History. Brook was a 2003 Bonderman Fellow, and traveled throughout east Africa on her fellowship. She directs the Bonderman Travel Fellowship for the Honors Program, and leads our admissions efforts, in addition to advising.

Brook enjoys working with amazing students doing incredible things and helping them connect their studies to the rest of the world through service and experiential opportunities. She spends her time traveling, tramping the high country, working on her never ending house projects, gardening, canning, cooking, reading, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Carissa Mayer

Carissa Mayer

This is Carissa’s second year working as an Academic Adviser with the UW Honors Program. Previously, she worked as a Resident Director with UW Housing and Food Services. In this role, she had the opportunity to oversee the Honors Living Learning Community  where she developed a strong appreciation for the UW Honors Program and the students within it. Carissa is originally from Brighton, Colorado and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University. She then moved to Baltimore, Maryland for her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Towson University. She now calls Seattle home and loves this part of the country. In her free time, she enjoys watching inspirational sports movies, spending time outside, and hanging out at home with her partner and grumpy cat named Buddy.

Kim Kraft

Kim Kraft

Kim joined the Honors advising team in September 2017. She has over ten years of experience working in higher education as an academic adviser and instructor at Olympic College and Edmonds Community College. Kim earned her BA in Communications and MA in Scandinavian Language and Literature from UW. She also holds an MS in Education from Old Dominion University. Kim grew up in the Pacific Northwest and loves almost everything about this beautiful state. She has a passion for traveling and, prior to her career in education, Kim worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines. She spends much of her free time planning trips and reading guidebooks. She also loves hiking, snowboarding, listening to Moth radio, picnicking, and riding the ferry.