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Declare your Major

What happens if I have 60 credits and I am not declared?

These students will receive a registration hold.  To have this hold removed students must initiate action through various University of Utah agencies to assist in identifying a major.  Students can clear this hold by:

  • Declaring your major with your department or college if you know your academic direction. Do this as soon as possible by visiting the department and ask to be declared as a major (or a pre-major if it is a selective major for which you cannot yet apply). Book an appointment online
  • Explore majors with an Academic Advising Center advisor. Book online

These options will assist students in moving forward to identify not only a major but a future direction at The University of Utah. If you have further questions regarding this policy, don’t hesitate to contact Academic Advising Center at 801-581-8146.

How do I declare a major?

Speak with the departmental advisor for the major of your choice regarding requirements for that academic plan. Some majors are "open," whereas others have special admissions requirements. The advisor will let you know what you need to do to be accepted into the major. Schedule an appointment with a departmental advisor

When do I need to declare my major?

The U's Major Declaration Policy states that you are expected to be admitted to a major by the end of your sophomore year (60 semester credit hours).

Reasons to Declare your Major

  • You must declare a major to graduate (note: Pre-Majors need to declare a full major)
  • Declaring a major early may save you time and money
  • Establishes a catalog year (This means your major requirements won’t change for 5 years)
  • Once you declare a major, you could qualify for departmental scholarships
  • You will have an answer to the question: “What’s your major?”
  • Declaring helps your departmental advisor assist you with graduation
  • You will avoid getting a hold that prevents future registration (Undeclared students with 60+ credits will receive a hold that prevents class registration)
Last Updated: 5/24/18