Undeclared Students

Explore your options and find what's right for you at UW-Stout.
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Deciding on a career path can be challenging. You may not know what direction you want to take or which of your interests you’d most like to study. You may even find yourself wondering what your future holds when others ask, “What are you majoring in?” It’s okay not to know. You’re not alone.

Up to 80% of first-year students admit they are uncertain about what they want to major in, even if they have declared a major. As an Undeclared student at UW-Stout, you’ll explore several career paths and discover which suits you best. We’re here to help you with your search and to see you succeed in your choices.

UW-Stout understands deciding on a career path can be challenging. But we're ready for you. And we're here to help. / UW-Stout

UW-Stout Advisement Center

We provide our undeclared students with a variety of unique services to support your success and serve as a resource for academic advising, career development, and student transition. Together with your academic advisor, you’ll explore your interests, abilities, and values as they relate to our undergraduate majors and career clusters. Our six Career Clusters reflect groups of majors that lead to careers with parallel skillsets or interest areas. With 50 undergraduate degrees to choose from, your options are endless.

Our free-of-charge assessments will help you to better understand yourself and your career options:

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Identifies your 4-letter personality type and discusses the benefits of choosing a job which is a good fit for your type. 
  • Strong Interest Inventory: Helps you gain a clear picture of how specific interests and preferences link to various jobs, work settings, and career fields.

We are also currently piloting Mentor Collective. The new student mentor program for freshmen pairs incoming freshman with an upper-class student. Your mentor will provide insight on how to be successful and enjoy your time at UW-Stout. The program can also help you explore a major with a mentor from the program.

Explore Your Options

Exploratory Classes: These 1-3 credit courses serve as a basic introduction to a major and explores what types of jobs you might get after graduation.

TRDIS 101 Seminar in Career ExplorationThis one-credit, seven-week course is designed to help you identify and analyze your career interests and goals while encouraging you to investigate educational programs, job market information, and employment opportunities.

Find Your Fit: This program, offered by the Involvement Center, advises undeclared students about the variety of student organizations available related to our majors to assist you in finding your fit.

Major Fair: Hosted by the Advisement Center and Career Services, the Major Fair is designed with you in mind. With the help of our Academic Resource Coordinators (ARCs), you will be directed to the career cluster that best fits your interests and career goals. You'll have the opportunity to explore and learn about different UW-Stout programs and if you're ready, we'll assist you in taking steps to declare your major.