If you’re coming to MU without knowing what you want to study, that’s quite common.

About 400 students arrive at MU with an undeclared major, said Rachael Orr, the director of MU’s Academic Exploration and Advising Services.

MU offers more than 300 degree options in 13 schools and colleges, and it can be hard to choose the right one. More than 60 percent of students change their major from their initial selection, Orr said.

Freshmen advisers know a little about all of the majors at MU and can help students select the right courses to explore their options, Orr said.

Advisers also work closely with the MU Career Center to help students discover programs that fit their career interests.

If students don’t know which program is best for them, Orr advises them to talk with faculty or students to see what the required courses are, what careers graduates typically go into and what extracurricular opportunities are available for students.

Orr suggests that undecided students take courses that interest them that also meet general education requirements. She also encourages students to try something new that they might not have been able to explore before.

“Choosing a major can feel like an overwhelming decision, but many students are unsure of their direction and are exploring different areas to find a good fit,” Orr said in an email. “Take an active role in exploring options, reflecting on skills and interests, and talking with friends, family, faculty and staff to explore all of the possibilities.”

Advisers work with students to help them explore their interests and use that as the basis for the best fit at the university.

The Student Success Center also offers a class specifically for undeclared students: SSC 2100: Career Explorations. It is a one-to-three-credit hour class to help students learn about various careers and majors.

Academic Exploration and Advising Services is located in M110 Student Success Center. More information is available at aeas.missouri.edu.

  • Assistant director of outreach, former assistant city editor and reporter. Reach me at trblatchford@mizzou.edu or on Twitter @blatchfordtr.

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