URI freshmen to speed date for perfect majors

KINGSTON, R.I. –September 28, 2009—Like most colleges and universities, the largest “major” at the University of Rhode Island is “undeclared.”

Even when students decide on a major, 60 percent of them will change their minds, according to Jayne Richmond, dean of University College.

To assist freshmen in this often confusing challenge, University College will offer its first “Find Your Perfect Major” fair Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. in tents between Barlow and Weldin halls on the Kingston campus (www.uri.edu/home/visitors/Map/KingstonCampus.pdf). Rain date is Thursday, Oct. 8.

Students will follow a “speed dating” format to facilitate some easy and fun question and answer interactions among faculty members, advisors, deans, and student representatives. All URI colleges will be represented. The event will be moderated to maximize effectiveness of time and information gathering.

“We do not expect our freshmen to choose a major sooner,” said Richmond. “And there is no pressure to do so at this event. We know the selection process can produce a lot of anxiety for students. We want our students to relax, have some fun, and ask their questions about a variety of disciplines and discover what major may be most compatible.”