All students are encouraged to visit the Advising Office at least once a semester to ensure they are on track to meet their goals. GVPT Advisors can help with graduation planning and registration, and are great resources for questions about double majors/minors, internships, study abroad, career planning, 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 Office Information 

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

Summer 2019 Advising: May 27th - August 23rd

  • The office is open M-F, 9am - 4pm. Advising appointments can be accomodated during the majority of these times. To set up a time to meet with an advisor, please e-mail GVPTAdvising [at] or call 301-405-4168. Scheduling an appointment is the best way to meet with an advisor, however, the office will also have walk-in advising hours M-F from 10am - 12pm.
  • The office is closed most Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30am - 12:00pm for Freshman Orientation. The office is closed most Fridays from 1:00pm - 4:00pm for Transfer Orientation.
  • The office is closed from 1pm-2pm for lunch.

For general advising questions, send an email to gvptadvising [at] or call (301) 405-4168.

Note: All students who intend to change their major to GVPT or declare GVPT as a double major must call or e-mail 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, July 29th
  • Tuesday, August 13th
  • Monday, September 2nd

Our Advising team:

Jillian Santos

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