Undergraduate Academic Advising
In the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
The Undergraduate Advising Office in GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is here to empower you to make intentional, educated decisions as you plan your personal and academic goals.
Whether you are just starting out at GW, getting ready to graduate, or somewhere in between, our undergraduate advisors can help. Learn more about how we will support you on your path to future successes.
We are excited to have you as part of the CCAS family!
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The CCAS Approach
The CCAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Office supports a diverse community of students in the exploration of a liberal arts education. Through meaningful conversations with advisors, students learn how to find resources, engage in life-changing opportunities and think critically about their individual academic plans. Advisors introduce strategies to foster personal and academic success in a welcoming, supportive environment that values each student’s experiences and strengths.
The POD Model
In order to best support each student, all undergraduates are assigned to a POD (Place of Discovery). You can make appointments virtually or on a walk-in basis with any advisor from your POD to ask questions about academic goals and requirements, work through challenges and plan for your future.
Fun fact: A group of hippos is called a pod
Academic Advisor, POD 1
Emma Fensterheim joined the team in June 2021. She comes to us from Baltimore, MD, where she previously taught 11th and 12th grade literature at a high school. A Bethesda native, Emma is excited to call the DC area home again. In her spare time, Emma reads voraciously, sees all the theater she can (especially musicals) and goes for walks in and around the city.