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Undeclared Students

Katie Richardson, MEd

As an Undeclared student in the College of Arts & Sciences, you have a great opportunity to explore all the academic areas that UP has to offer! We are looking forward to getting to know you all and assisting you towards the completion of your degree!

Like declared majors, Undeclared students meet with our Advising Office for all of their academic needs such as: advising; course registration PINs; schedule changes; academic approvals; and so forth.  Additionally, our office will assist Undeclared students with finding and declaring a major through conversations and course scheduling that exposes the student to a diverse course load based upon interests or areas of academic strength.

The primary advisor for Undeclared students is Katie Richardson, who is a Program Counselor in the Advising Suite.  While students are able to meet with any of the three Program Counselors in the College, Katie is an excellent resource and contact point.

What does being "undeclared" mean?

"Undeclared" is a term used by the University for students who have not yet decided on or declared a major. Other colleges may use terms such as "undecided" or "exploratory". Typically, undeclared students choose to be undeclared for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You have no idea what you want to study
  • You want to study everything
  • You are declared in a major that you no longer want to pursue
  • You want to explore all of your options first
  • You were not initially admitted to your major

What major you choose is a personal decision that should take into consideration your interests, skills, values, and abilities. It should fit with your personal and professional goals. Your advisor will work with you throughout your time as an undeclared student to help you navigate these areas and connect you with additional resources on campus that will help you identify your goals.

Can I graduate “on time”?

One of the more common questions students have when they arrive at the University as an Undeclared student is if they can still graduate in four years.  Most of the university’s majors can be completed within four years. Depending on when a major is declared, there could be no delay in graduation if a student begins as Undeclared - but there are always exceptions.

Some majors require many prerequisites (courses that need to be completed before enrolling in other courses) that, if not started early enough, may postpone graduation an extra semester or beyond. It is important to work closely with the Program Counselors when discussing potential majors of interest, as they will be able to outline the requirements and help identify the best track towards graduation.

Major Guides

Katie, in partnership with UP's Career Center, has put together Undeclared Major Guides (below). These guides are designed to give Undeclared students a general idea of what to expect in each of the majors offered at UP, as well as provide some classes to take that will help a student get an introduction to the major(s) offered.

CAS Majors | Business Majors | Education Majors | Engineering Majors

Check out the Career Center

 The Career Center is here to help you not only when you’re applying for jobs and internships, but also to help you explore careers that align with the majors we offer at UP. Declaring a major doesn't necessarily mean you’ve declared a career and vice versa, so it’s a great idea to meet with Chelsea Chase in the Career Center to discuss how your majors and career interests can align. Some other useful resources for undeclared students include:

•    Your advisor, Katie Richardson, partners with the Career Center to facilitate “Destination: Declared.” This is a 4-week workshop offered each semester and is designed to help you in your decision to declare a major that will be a good fit. Contact Katie or Chelsea for more information.

•    Explore majors and careers! The Career Center website also has several online resources such as “What Can I Do With This Major?” and “Identifying Your Skills and Interests.” Spend some time going through these resources before and after meeting with your advisor and the Career Center.


 

If you are a current student, be sure to visit our other student resources on our PilotsUP portal site.   We also have more information and common questions on the Undeclared Resources page on PilotsUP.