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Office of Academic Advising

Deciding Students

Advice from Jessica

If you think you are the only student who is still deciding (or undecided) about your major…you are not alone!  At UNI, about 20% of incoming new students from high school are identified as “deciding” and many others students who have declared a major will change majors at least once if not more!

There are many resources available to help you at UNI…but you must be active and take initiative to benefit from these resources.

Academic Advising from the Office of Academic Advising

The Office of Academic Advising seeks to provide a personalized educational experience for students who are still deciding - empowering you to explore, articulate, and achieve your academic, career, and life goals.  By working with an academic advisor in the Office of Academic Advising - particularly in first year at UNI - you will:

  1. Discover your strengths
  2. Based upon your strengths, understand where you are headed in life, school, career, and why (your purpose)
  3. Combine your strengths and purpose to create an action plan to guide you through to graduation.

Appreciative advising themes you will experience during your first-year at UNI through the Office of Academic Advising:

  • Discover: Identify your strengths, skills and abilities
  • Dream: Develop and attitude of possibility
  • Design: Create an action plan
  • Deliver: Act on your plan to accomplish your goal
  • Don't Settle: What's next on your dream list?

View a sample of an advising syllabus for a deciding student working with an academic advisor from the Office of Academic Advising.

To promote interaction with individuals and information, the
Office of Academic Advising offers both one-on-one advising and specific events / opportunities for deciding students.  Planned programming includes:

  • Exploring Living Learning Community - A new learning community in the residence halls at UNI specifically focused on students who are exploring their academic and career options.
  • Meet and Greets - Meet your advisor for the first time and learn about what it means to be a "deciding" student.
  • Career Cruising Workshops - Take the Career Cruising computerized self-assessment to assist you with academic and career choices based upon your interest areas.
  • Majors in Minutes - A fun, speed-dating approach to learning more about majors by visiting with upperclass student representatives in those majors.
  • Pre-Registration Meetings - A time to work with an advisor in a group setting to begin planning for the next semester.

You can also engage in self-exploration and your academic/career exploration journey through the Career Decision Making (POSTSEC 1050) two unit (elective credit) course offered at UNI.

Resources for Getting to Know YOU!

For many students, the decision making process can be made easier by knowing you -  your interests, values, skills, personality, and strengths – and then connecting to majors and careers.  At UNI we have these resources to help get you started:

  • Career Cruising – Use the interactive survey ( Matchmaker) to answer questions about your likes and dislikes to find careers that match up with your interests.  [Free Assessment]
  • StrengthsQuest – Identify your strengths and gain insights into your areas of greatest potential – the things that you naturally do best.  [Fee-Based Assessment]
  • Strong Interest Inventory – Explore your interests and identify career and education/training options consistent with your interests.  [Fee-Based Assessment]
  • MBTI – Understand your personality type and connect with preferred work tasks, work environments, and job families.  [Fee-Based Assessment]

Make an appointment with your academic advisor (FAQ - Who is my Academic Advisor?) to start moving forward with one or of these assessments or help you make sense and connections of your results!