Undergraduate Advising

All students are encouraged to visit the Advising Office at least once a semester. It is an excellent source of major-related information, including materials about internships, study abroad programs, career suggestions, graduate/law schools, etc.

Advising is especially important for students who wish to select supportive courses that enhance their post-graduation employment potential. In addition to the departmental advisors, faculty members are available during their posted office hours to advise students within their particular fields.

Advising Information

The GVPT advising office is located at 3104 Tydings Hall. We are open Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm. 

Fall 2017 walk-in advising hours will be held from 10am-1pm. Walk-in advising appointments are reserved for short questions/concerns (10-15 minutes max). 30 minute advising appointments can also be scheduled 24 hours in advance between 9am-10am and 2pm-4pm via the following link: http://gvptappointments.umd.edu

For general advising questions, send an email to gvptadvising@umd.edu or call (301) 405-4168All students who intend to change their major to GVPT or declare GVPT as a double major should call or e-mail the office to sign up for a Major Change Workshop. 

Our advising team:

Jillian Santos

Kiersten Riffert

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 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