Admitted Student FAQs for Undeclared Students in COLA

Undeclared is a great way to begin your academic journey! And you are not alone. Nearly 30% of incoming students are undeclared and another 30% change their major at least once. Our faculty and professional advisors will work with you to find a major that’s right for you.

Virtual Sessions for Undeclared Students
Undeclared Overview and Q&A | May 4, 4-4:45 pm 
Undeclared Overview and Q&A | May 12, 4-4:45 pm 

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Welcome to Undeclared Advising

Meet Nate Talbot, the director of the University Advising Center. Along with faculty and professional advisors, Mr. Talbot will work with you one-on-one while you explore all the University has to offer.


Undeclared FAQs

Yes. Being undeclared allows you to explore everything the University has to offer before deciding on a path – and that can be helpful. Nearly a third of students change their majors at least once during their undergraduate years, so sometimes what we think we want doesn’t turn out to be what we really want. Why not give yourself time to explore and figure it out before committing to a certain major? In the process, you’ll meet faculty across the disciplines who want to help you find the major that’s right for you. Their doors are always open; you just need to walk through them.

Being undeclared gives you the opportunity to work with faculty as well as professional academic advisor in the departments and in the University Advising Center (UAC) to explore the full range of programs. The UAC advisors are well versed in the requirements of all programs across the University, regardless of what college a program is in.

You’ll have access to COLA 401, a one-credit advising seminar for undeclared students to help them explore majors and build thoughtful class schedules. The course also introduces students to academic resources and opportunities outside of the classroom.

Yes! You’ll take courses from around the university and be in the same courses as students in declared majors. There is absolutely no distinction between declared and undeclared majors within the classroom

The biggest resource is people: faculty and staff who care and want to set you on your unique path at UNH. You’ll have faculty who want to talk to you about your interests and professional advisors who will work with you one on one.

COLA 401 is a one-credit advising seminar for undeclared students to help them explore majors and build thoughtful class schedules. The course also introduces students to academic resources and opportunities outside of the classroom.

The University Advising Center offers online resources that help students explore majors.

COLA 402 is a 2-credit course that explores the range of research that takes place across the College, designed to help students get the full picture of our different disciplines. 

COLA’s Career and Professional Success office offers interest assessments, job shadow opportunities, career field trips, alumni events and bootcamp courses that will help you see how your skills and interests can translate into a fulfilling career. That can often help you decide on what major makes the most sense.

It simply means that you are not in a major yet and that a world of opportunities is at your fingertips. You have until the end of your sophomore year to declare a major and wealth of support to help you explore your options. You won’t be limited to a certain set of courses and you won’t take different courses from students who are declared. You will not be limited in what you can pursue in terms of co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.

Every major has different application and declaration rules. You’ll learn all about that in your first semester in COLA 401, our advising seminar for undeclared students. Advisors work with students to help them get into the best position to declare their major of interest. They also work with students to explore multiple major interests so that students have more than one plan for major declaration.

Until the end of your sophomore year.

Yes, you’ll be in the same classes as students with declared majors.

Whether you have a declared major or are undeclared, our faculty are always happy to meet with you to discuss your path.

All undeclared students are advised by the professional advisors at the University Advising Center (UAC) until they declare a major. The UAC advisors are experts on the requirements for all majors across the university and will work with you to find the right major for you.

The answer to this really depends. You may not have the requisite high school credentials to thrive in your first-choice major and we want you to thrive! Or the program may have a limited number of spots for new students. Talk to your admissions counselor to find out the reason you were not accepted. Then, during orientation, talk to your advisor about the best way to proceed. As a student in COLA, you will have access to many of the same courses that students in other colleges take in their first year, so it might be possible to take some of the coursework for your desired major and, if you do well enough, transfer into that major if you meet the requirements. But you may find something to be passionate about right here in our innovative programs in the College of Liberal Arts. Our alumni go on to work in business and finance, medicine, law, tech and a variety of other fields. You’ll find that the particular major you have in college is less important in the professional world than how well you did and the portfolio of skills and experiences you built along the way. Statistics show that by mid-career, liberal arts majors nationally surpass the earnings of those who had professionalizing majors.

Yes. First-year undeclared COLA students who live in Alexander Hall are invited to take part in acCOLAdes, a series of programs that take place right in your residence hall designed to build community, orient you to resources and help you on your path toward choosing a major and planning a career.

Friendly Faces

Our advisors were in your shoes once, so they know what it's like to sometimes be a little unsure of what direction to head in. Meet one of the professional advisors in the University Advising Center, Lydia Gove. She'll explain some of the resources we offer when you're exploring your options.