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 has shifted online due to UMD's response to COVID-19. You can find detailed information about scheduling advising appointments, contacting GVPT advising, and other important GVPT Advising updates through*

GVPT Advisors will be available for virtual appointments through phone or video conferencing technology during times when UMD is scheduled to be "open". Please see the schedule below:

Monday, 3/16: GVPT Advising is closed

Tuesday, 3/17: GVPT Advising is closed

Wednesday, 3/18 - Friday, 3/20: GVPT Advising is available for appointments scheduled through email

Monday, 3/23 - End of Spring 2020: GVPT Advising is open for virtual appointments and can be reached through email

Our "office hours" will continue to be 9am-4pm. However, we will NOT be holding drop-in hours during this period of time. Drop-in hours will be replaced by scheduled appointments that must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Please review the instructions for scheduling a virtual or phone appointment through BEFORE scheduling an appointment. You should continue to schedule appointments through up to two weeks in advance.

For general advising questions, send an email to gvptadvising [at] Email is the fastest way to contact GVPT Advising during this period of time.

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 for the Spring 2020 semester:

  • Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th: Spring Break
  • Monday, May 25th: Memorial Day

Professional Development Advising

  • Students interested in professional development advising should schedule an appointment with Rachel Vierling

Our Advising team:

Jillian Santos

Gracie Riley

Rachel Vierling

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