Re-entry Program

Women returning to school later in life have to re-adjust to the academic environment, and often need special assistance in dealing with complex family and financial issues.

Re-entry Program provides individualized advising sessions, gathering essential information to assist reentry students in making informed decisions regarding academic and career choices. It also develops a plan of action that is attainable, and educates students in obtaining financial aid and scholarship opportunities, while providing ongoing support through mentoring, coaching and student organized support groups.

Re-entry Vision Statement

Create a safer, more harmonious community by assisting women in acquiring the education, skills and resources necessary to build self sufficient prosperous lives.
Each year the Women’s Center supports an average of 550 women who take advantage of the following services:

Individual Advising Appointments

One-on-one advising appointments with Nancy Finelli (Call 206-685-1090)
Or email:, to schedule an appointment.

Support Groups:

    • Cirkolo: Informal and interactive conversation for re-entry students
      This group meets Tuesdays at the Women’s Center to celebrate life with coffee, tea and cookies as we talk about student topics/challenges and other things that matter to you.
    • Women’s Support Group: Mutual support for women thinking about returning to college. This group meets Tuesday depending upon participant availability.

For detailed information on support groups, please follow this link:

General Assistance

Provide guidance in searching for scholarships, applying to colleges and graduate programs; finding resources on a variety of issues, including domestic violence, child care resources, divorce support, resources for low-income individuals, and academic support resources.

Annual Orientation

The Re-Entry Program offers an annual fall orientation for returning students to facilitate  the transition into the University of Washington. The orientation is open to all and offers speakers from the following sectors on campus:

  • Financial Aid/Scholarships
  • Center for Career Services
  • Library Systems
  • Childcare Services
  • Office of Minority Affairs
  • Campus Safety

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