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Undeclared students comprise a large number of students at URI, as they do across campuses nationally.  We admit around 1000 new students each year who are still exploring major options. In addition to these undeclared students, we know that almost 60% of those with declared majors will change their minds, often more than once. That is why at URI we say, No Major? No Problem! Still most students will find that right major by the end of their first year in college. So let us help you in this important time of exploration and decision making.

  • Orientation Advising and Workshops

Beginning the journey of finding a major starts as early as New Student Orientation at URI. Students spend their first academic advising session with an advisor who specializes in working with undecided students. These advisors will help you select courses that are versatile and will work with a wide variety of ultimate major choices. We also provide evening programs during Orientation to help you begin to assess your values and interests and how they relate to the choice of college major.

  • Specialized Sections of URI101 instructed by UC staff/advisors
    • First-year seminar for Undeclared students, taught by academic advising specialists
    • Explore your major interests, goals and academic requirements
    • TypeFocus- Complete interest inventory to help you understand yourself

  • Living/Learning Communities for Undeclared Students – Consider choosing the living learning community for undeclared majors at Barlow residence hall.
    • Move-In Weekend - meet the Deans and advisors from University College for Academic Success
    • Live with other students exploring their major
    • Resident Academic Mentors (RAMs)- Student academic advisors who live in the LLC's and help first-year students transition and succeed academically
    • Participate in workshops to explore your major
    • Advising within your own residence hall
    • Social events, just for you

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  • Majors/Minors Fair - Meet and greet with faculty who represent all majors and minors at the University. This is an informal opportunity to ask questions without making any commitments. Check out a short video about the Majors Fair
    • Fall 2013 Majors/Minors Fair: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the Memorial Union Ballroom from 3-4:30pm.

  • EDC279 Course
    Several sections of this course are offered in the Spring semester. This course is designed to facilitate educational and career development issues. Students are helped in small sections to identify their skills, interests and values as they relate to college major choice. See e-Campus Course Schedule for more information.

  • Advisors to Undeclared Students provide individual and group advising
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Contact Information

Academic Advising
Roosevelt Hall
90 Lower College Road, Suite 12
Kingston, RI 02881

Phone: (401) 874-2993
Fax: (401) 874-5085



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