Undergraduate Advising

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 Information

Announcement: The advising office will be closed on March 20th & March 21st during spring break. 

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

Spring 2018 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) 405-4168. All 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. More information about declaring the major can be found here.

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