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Transitional Advising

We know that changing your mind about something can be stressful.  And when that “thing” is your major, the stress can be immense.  For some students, it may be as easy as submitting an application to your major.  For others, it will require research and maybe some soul-searching.  Dropping a major can be irreversible, so it's important that you plan your options out carefully. University College Transitional Advising Services is here to help.

Transitional Advising Services is a campus-wide advising program, coordinated by University College, to assist students making a change from one major to another.  Students can take advantage of the self-directed resources available on this page, or they can follow the step-by-step instructions to seek assistance from a professional advisor on campus. Click on one of the links below to begin.

If you need help from an advisor in navigating the above resources, here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Contact the advisor in your current department/school/major.  Have a conversation with your advisor about your areas of academic strength.  Your advisor can provide you with general resources about other majors on campus and ensure you know how to find those resources. If through this meeting, you do not feel comfortable in making a decision, move on to step two.
  2. With the help from your current advisor, contact University College Academic Advisement. After an initial intake meeting, you will be temporarily reassigned to a University College advisor to walk you through the major exploration process. 
  3. Apply to your new major!  In most cases, after meeting with your current advisor or meeting with a University College advisor, you will have made your decision about your new major.  Apply to your new major through  Under the “Academics” tab, select the link “Apply to Your Major” and follow the instructions


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