Undeclared Students

At UNE, you can come in as an Undeclared student and take some time to figure out what major is the best fit for you.

Our Undeclared students receive one-on-one personalized attention from a professional advisor from the time of deposit until you decide on a major. Our goal is to help you find a major that suits your career interests, skills and personality.

Your professional academic advisor will help you with the following:

  • Learn more about different majors on our campus
  • Connect you with faculty to discuss your major or majors of interest
  • Work with you at orientation and beyond to plan your course schedule
  • Work with Career Services to identify professions that you would find fulfilling
  • Provides you with resources and referrals to help you succeed and graduate on time

Exploratory Events

Majors and Minors Fair- Spring Semester

The Majors and Minors Fair brings together faculty and students from all undergraduate departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Westbrook College of Health Professions. You can come and learn more about all our major and minor opportunities to change you major, declare a minor or add a double major.

Career, Internship and Graduate School Expo – Spring Semester

The Career, Internship and Graduate School Expo allows you to gain valuable networking skills and cultivate relationships with employers and graduate schools. The event is open to all students and all majors and takes place during second semester each year.

Employers come to campus to recruit students for jobs and internships. Many employers recruit from across all majors and train college graduates for a variety of careers. Graduate and professional schools also attend the fair to provide valuable information to students contemplating graduate programs.

Project Login – Fall Semester

This campus networking reception will bring together college students, college faculty and employers. You will be able to hear about internships and job prospects in Maine from a variety of employers with technology openings. This event is focused on students with technology skills rather than only particular majors. You will learn about what skills businesses are hiring for, and how UNE can prepare you to meet those requirements. The Office of Career Services, in partnership with Project Login and Live and Work in Maine will host the event.

Volunteer Internship & Service Fair – Fall Semester

Meet with organizations for academic internship and citizenship courses, service learning and volunteer opportunities. Hosted by the CAS Internship Office and the Citizenship Office.

Declaring your Major

As an Undeclared student, you have until March 15 of your second year to declare a major. If you want to declare Marine Biology, Medical Biology or Education are encouraged to do so by the end of your first year.

Here are some steps that you will need to take in order to declare your major:

  • Schedule an appointment with the Undeclared advisor and discuss how you came to the decision
  • You will be given a Declaration of Major form to complete and turn in to the Registrar’s Office
  • You will be assigned a professional or faculty advisor from the department of your new major

Self-Assessments for Undeclared Students

Self-assessments are a fun and helpful way to get to know yourself better and make it easier to figure out what major or career is the best option for you. At UNE, we offer two self-assessments to Undeclared students through the Academic Advising Center and our Career Services office. To take these assessment, you will need to make an appointment with a trained professional who can administer the assessment and interpret the results.

Assessments offered at UNE:

  • Strong Interest Inventory: As assessment that provides general information about your career interests and how they compare to those of people in various occupations.
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): A personality assessment that examine your preferences and explores various career options based on natural tendencies and preferences

FAQ’s

If I am an Undeclared student, can I still graduate in four years?
Yes. You will work with an advisor that will help you to explore your options while still satisfying core, major and elective requirements within the majors of interest.

When must I declare a major?
You must declare your major by March 15 of your second year.

I am trying to decide between multiple majors, so I enter UNE as an Undeclared student?
Yes. If you are trying to decide between two, three or more majors, you would benefit from the same process as a student who has not yet identified any major. The Undecided advisor can help you find some common classes within all of your interested majors, so you will be able to explore while completing your degree requirements.

I already know what career I want but do not know what is the best major. Can I come in as an Undeclared student to figure out what is the best fit for me?
Yes. You will work in collaboration with the Undeclared advisor and Career Services to find what the best major would be to fit your ultimate career goal and interests.

Will I be “unusual” if I am an Undeclared student?
No. Undeclared is one of the larger groups of majors within the College of Arts and Sciences. There are also plenty of students who come in with a declared major but end up changing that major as they progress through college. Some of these students will change to Undeclared (if they are early in their college career) to work with an advisor to find the best major fit for them.