Undergraduate Advising

The GVPT Advising Office is open Monday - Friday. During the Winter term, we offer walk-in advising appointments from 10am-12pm daily. We will resume our regular appointment schedule on Wednesday, January 25th.

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, and graduate/law schools.
For general advising questions, please e-mail: gvptadvising@umd.edu.

Contact Information

GVPT Advising Office

3104 Tydings Hall
7347 Preinkert Drive, Building 42
College Park, MD 20742
Tel: 301-405-4168
Fax: 301-314-9690

Jillian Santos
Academic Advisor
3104C Tydings Hall
Kiersten Riffert 
Academic Advisor
3104B Tydings Hall

GVPT Advising Office Mission Statement:
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.

GVPT Advising Office Vision:
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.
GVPT Advising Office Goals:

  • Deliver accurate advising and degree information and assist with timely degree completion
  • Take a holistic approach to advising by discussing and clarifying academic , career, and life goals
  • Serve as a campus resource liaison and play an active role in the advising community
  • Maintain a high level of accessibility and provide a welcoming environment for students
  • Respect the diversity of our students, including physical and learning abilities
  • Encourage student autonomy
  • Promote experiential learning opportunities and encourage post-graduate planning