Your early years at Quinnipiac are a time for exploration! Beginning with a required class designed around guided exploration, and supported by numerous additional resources and highly trained staff, undeclared students receive focused, individualized attention from their first day on campus.

Some students worry they are alone in not knowing what they want to choose as a major.  Actually, more incoming freshmen join the undeclared program each fall than any other single College of Arts and Sciences major.  And even many of those who do begin their first year with a declared major end up changing it later, sometimes multiple times.  It is very common to be unsure what you want to focus on at first, so the undeclared program provides a perfect platform to begin exploring your values and interests while simultaneously completing general education requirements you’ll need regardless of which major you eventually choose.

The Undeclared Program encourages students to be very intentional in how they explore.  Even without a declared major, it is important to begin your university studies with a plan in mind – how will you explore your interests?  What steps will you take to determine a major?  How will you explore what you want to do after graduation?  How will you find out who to speak with to discuss possibilities?  When do you plan to declare a major?  The program is designed to help you pursue answers to these questions, but ultimately your exploration and decisions are up to you.  A strong personal plan of how you intend to approach your exploration and ultimate decision on a major and beyond is essential to your academic and professional satisfaction and success.

To start, take some time to understand how our process works. We’ve built our 360 Advising Process based on the idea that every experience you have can have an impact on your academic journey and your career. The process of exploration, implementation, and reflection is central to the idea of 360 advising. Each experience becomes a point of learning that helps you evaluate your development as a student and as a person; helps you understand your values, interests and goals; and helps you make informed choices about your academic and career options during your time here and beyond. Check out our 360 Navigator for some tips on how to get started with this process during your first and second years.