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Major Exploration

Before the appointment we’d like for you to write down some information about yourself and your specific interests, skills, and values. This will give you a chance to get a few ideas down on paper to help you order your own thoughts, and the advisor can use it to get to know you better. Please pick 3-4 of the questions below and bring your recorded answers with you to your major exploration appointment. We look forward to meeting you!

Write a few sentences in response to the questions you choose from the list below:

  1. What classes have you enjoyed (at the University or in high school)?
  2. What types of activities have you been involved in during college or high school, volunteering, sports, clubs, etc?
  3. What do you do in your free time?
  4. What kinds of jobs have you enjoyed/not enjoyed working? Please explain why you did or didn't like a particular job.
  5. In a major or a career, what is important to you?
  6. List a few goals that you have set for yourself in college.
  7. Do you have a dream job? Please describe it.
  8. What do you feel are some of your strengths?
  9. Tell us how you feel about the major exploration process. What expectations or questions do you have for your advisor?

Prospective and New Transfer Students

  • If you have been accepted to the U of U, bring your Summary of Transfer Credits to your advising appointment.
  • If you have not yet been accepted or you have not yet received your Summary of Transfer credit, bring a copy of your transcripts from your previous school(s). Unofficial transcripts are fine.
  • Bring syllabi and course descriptions for any courses that you would like to have evaluated to count for General Education or Bachelors Degree requirements at the U.
  • Don’t expect one stop shopping. We wish we could do it all but we can’t! Transfer Program advisors have a wealth of knowledge about transferring to the U. but we can’t do everything. In some cases we will need to refer you to other agencies and departments on campus to accomplish some of your goals. We promise to help you with everything we can, and then we guarantee to help you get connected to the right place and to know what to do once you get there.
  • Think through the questions that you have for your advisor in advance of your appointment, so you can be sure to cover everything during your meeting. Writing them down or noting them in your phone or tablet is a great way to guarantee that you don’t forget to ask something.

First Year Mandatory Advising

Click here for First Year Mandatory Advising resources

Second Year Mandatory Advising

  • Advisors in the Academic Advising Center work with undecided and exploring students. See the information above under “Major Exploration”.
  • If you know your major, you need to make an appointment with your major advisor.
  • Generate and review your Degree Audit. You and your advisor will discuss your DARS in your appointment.
  • Bring ideas for your class schedule
  • Compile a list of your questions

Academic Standards

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General Education and Bachelor’s Degree Exceptions

  • Bring copies of course descriptions and syllabi
  • Read the criteria for the GE and Bachelor’s Degree requirements you are interested in petitioning:
  • Bring a personal statement that explains why you believe you qualify for an exception to policy
  • If you have a first bachelor’s degree from another university, bring transcripts from that institution

Late and Retroactive Withdrawals

  • Bring a personal statement that explains why you were not able to withdraw from courses by the deadline
  • Include documentation from any third party who can verify assertions you make in your statement (medical, legal, employer letters, etc.)

Classes and Registration

  • Generate and review your Degree Audit. You and your advisor will discuss your Degree Audit in your appointment.
  • Bring ideas for your class schedule.
  • Compile a list of your questions.
Last Updated: 4/27/21