OMA&D Academic Counseling Services

Advising & Counseling

TRIO SSS Participant Syllabus

Welcome to the TRIO Student Support Services Program at the University of Washington.  TRIO SSS is a federally funding program serving students who are first generation, low-income and/or students with disabilities.  We are pleased to serve you by providing guidance throughout your time at the UW.  We are glad you have chosen to be a part of Team TRIO! 

Here is the PDF link for the TRIO SSS Participant Syllabus!

Advising & Counseling Services

  • Academic Counseling: TRIO SSS advisors are ready to meet the academic planning needs of program participants. Our advisors meet with students as often as necessary to help plan classes each quarter, assist with choosing a major and to devise an academic plan for completion of a baccalaureate degree at the UW.
  • Financial Aid Counseling: TRIO SSS advisors assist students with understanding their financial aid award, the FAFSA renewal process, and emphasize the importance of maintaining documentation and good communication with the UW Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Personal Counseling: Coming to the University is a big transition and juggling the responsibilities of college life can be overwhelming at times. TRIO SSS counselors are here to help students become acclimated to and meet the challenges of the university environment. We also recommend the valuable workshops and other important services offered by the Student Counseling Center.
  • Career & Graduate/Professional School Counseling: TRIO SSS advisors will help you select an appropriate major based on your career choices. Many students choose careers that require work beyond the undergraduate degree. TRIO SSS counselors will provide these students with information about graduate programs and help them prepare for the admissions process.

Program Requirements

For best results, students should meet with advisor early and often.


  • Quarterly registration meetings are required during your first-year participation in TRIO SSS.  Registration HOLDS will be placed and will not be removed until you meet with your Academic Counselor.
  • Make sure your income verification form filled out for Academic CounselorsComplete first year academic plan in MyPlan prior to meeting with your Academic Counselor. 


  • Registration HOLD will be placed in the quarter prior to applying to your major of your second year to discuss academic progress and/or application process.


  • Registration HOLD will be placed for all continuing participants with a quarterly or overall CUM of 2.49 or less.  A meeting with your Academic Counselor will remove your HOLD.

*Registration holds prevent you from making any changes to your class schedule or registering for the following quarter.  

Learning Objectives

  • Know where and how to access accurate information about opportunities, requirements, academic policies and procedures. 
  • Understand and synthesize your university experience. 
  • Understand the role of the advisor and the instructors in your Husky Experience. 

Year 1 Goals

  • Understand degree requirements/course registration 
  • Transition and reassess learning strategies to university level curriculum 
  • Develop strong trust and cultivate the advising relationship 

Year 2 Goals

  • Apply to or declaring a major 
  • Developing a plan B 
  • Understanding of career pathways 
  • Study Abroad 
  • Internship  

Year 3 Goals

  • Prepare for Graduate/Professional school 
  • Internships/Shadowing experience 

Year 4/5 Goals

  • Understand loan repayment policies and options 
  • Conduct graduate/professional school mock interviews before graduation 

TRIO Academic Adviser at Mary Gates Hall

Adviser Responsibilities

  • Create an environment of mutual respect and trust. 
  • Provide accurate and timely information about programs, scholarships, resources, policies, and procedures of the University. 
  • Use MyPlan to help you define your requirements for applying to a major. 
  • Help students understand the challenges associated with being a first generation, low income and/or student with disability. 
  • Facilitate the process in working with student services offices (i.e financial aid, student fiscal services). 
  • Provide information that will help guide your decision-making and resources and opportunities for your professional development. 
  • Be available during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) by telephone, email, appointment or drop-in. 
  • Help students cultivate language and approach with Instructors/Professors and others on campus. 
  • Help develop understanding of career pathways. 
  • Provide letters of recommendation and/or of support to advisee. 
  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPA. 

Student Responsibilities

  • Provide your advisor with the best way to contact you 
  • Attend regular appointments and be an active learner by responding to emails, phone calls, and other forms of contact from advisor  
  • Respect the time of your peers and advisor by being on-time and/or cancelling an appointment with appropriate notice. 
  • Come to each appointment prepared with questions, concerns, accomplishments for discussion. 
  • Ask clarifying questions if you do not understand something or if received information from peers. If you are experiencing issues that might affect your success. Contact us! 
  • Provide advisor at least a 2 week notice of all recommendations and/or letters of support request. 
  • Communicate changes in My Plan with advisor. 
  • Review weekly Academic Counseling Services (ACS) Opportunities emails to stay abreast on upcoming volunteering, shadowing, and interning opportunities.  
  • Complete the recommendations and to-do’s, and follow-through with referrals on-campus and in the community. 
  • Accept personal responsibility for your decisions.