Advising Office Information 

The Government & Politics Advising office is open from 9am-4pm. To allow for social distancing, we will be operating in a hybrid manner for the Fall 2021 semester and offering in-person, online, and phone appointments. Thirty minute appointments can be scheduled through TerpEngage. When you schedule, please be sure to select your preferred delivery method. Please also note that the advisors will be working in-person on a cycled schedule, so if you'd like to meet in-person with a specific advisor you will need to confirm that advisor will be working on campus that day. Please see our in-person/virtual schedule here.

Drop-in advising hours for Fall 2021 will be on Mondays from 11am-1pm (with Gracie) and Thursdays from 9am-11am (with Jillian). Drop-in hours are VIRTUAL and may be accessed through Zoom here:

For general advising questions, send an email to gvptadvising [at]

Note: All students who intend to change their major to GVPT or declare GVPT as a double major must call or e-mail (gvptadvising [at] the office to sign up for a Major Change Workshop. More information about declaring the major can be found here.

Please note the following office closures:

Monday, September 6th: GVPT Advising is closed for Labor Day.

Friday, October 1st: GVPT Advising is operating virtually only.

Monday, October 25th: GVPT Advising is operating virtually only.

Tuesday, October 26th: GVPT Advising is operating virtually only.

Thursday, November 11th: GVPT Advising is operating virtually only.

Friday, November 19th: GVPT Advising is operating virtually only.

Monday, November 22nd: GVPT Advising is operating virtually only.

Tuesday, November 23rd: GVPT Advising is operating virtually only.

Wednesday, November 24th: GVPT Advising is closed for Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 25th: GVPT Advising is closed for Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 26th: GVPT Advising is closed for Thanksgiving.

Our Advising team:

Jillian Santos

Gracie Riley

Email is the best way to contact the advising staff.


The Government & Politics Office takes a holistic approach to advising. We deliver accurate advising information to ensure timely degree completion. We serve as a resource liaison, promote experiential learning, and encourage post-graduation planning. Our office provides an accessible and welcoming environment that respects the diverse needs and backgrounds of our students.


The Government & Politics Advising Office aims to deliver a responsive and innovative high-quality advising program that facilitates student learning and development. We strive to be a model of excellence at the University of Maryland.


  1. Deliver accurate advising and degree information and assist with timely degree completion.
  2. Take a holistic approach to advising by discussing and clarifying academic, career, and life goals.
  3. Serve as a campus research liaison and play an active role in the advising community.
  4. Maintain a high level of accessibility and provide a welcoming environment for students.
  5. Respect the diversity of our students, including physical and learning abilities.
  6. Encourage student autonomy.
  7. Promote experiential learning opportunities and encourage post-graduate planning.

Other Advising Resources:

  1. College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Feller Center Advising Office
  2. Education Abroad Appointments
  3. Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA) Personal Advising Services
  4. Undocumented Student Resources
  5. Career Center Appointments
  6. Accessibility & Disability Services Appointments