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Types of Undeclared

Below are some examples of types that our Undeclared students may fall. Not every Undeclared student will experience each of these types.  Knowing the type of Undeclared student you are can help your Success Coach provide you with the support and resources you need.

If you fall into this category, you really are not sure what to do and are not sure where to start. First off, it’s okay, and secondly, there are people at HPU to help you along the way. When this is the case we suggest the following actions:

  1. Meet with your Success Coach to assess where you are in exploration of your major/career pathway.
  2. Set up some initial meetings with a career counselor in the Office of Career and Professional Development to break the ice.
  3. Attend programming events from the Office of Student Success, academic departments at HPU, and Career and Professional Development.
  4. Regularly meet with your Success Coach to provide updates on your status as an undeclared student.
  5. Continue to make appointments with Career and Professional Development to gain insight into who you are as this is one of the greatest ways to discover your passion.
  6. Speak with other students to learn more about the programs they are currently enrolled in and what their plans are following completion of undergraduate studies.
  7. Establish some shadowing/internship opportunities that can provide you experiential learning opportunities that guide your decisions for a major and confirm this field is the right fit for you.
  8. Declare your major by filling out the necessary form in the Office of Student Success.
  9. Continue meeting with Career and Professional Development to prepare yourself for the possibilities of internships, interviews, etc.

 

Some Undeclared students arrive to HPU knowing a field of study (medicine, law, athletic training, etc.), but are unsure of the best pathway to get them to this point.  When this is the case we suggest the following actions:

  1. Meet with your Success Coach to provide your preferred field of interest and why you have chosen this pathway.
  2. Set up some initial meetings with a career counselor in the Office of Career and Professional Development to break the ice.
  3. Attend programming events from the Office of Student Success, academic departments at HPU, and Career and Professional Development.
  4. Regularly meet with your Success Coach to provide updates on your status between your major choices.
  5. Continue to make appointments with Career and Professional Development to gain insight in this field of study and majors that match your career goals.
  6. Establish some shadowing/internship opportunities that can provide you experiential learning opportunities that guide your decisions for a major and confirm this field is the right fit for you.
  7. Declare your major by filling out the necessary form in the Office of Student Success.
  8. Continue meeting with Career and Professional Development to prepare yourself for the possibilities of internships, interviews, etc.

 

There still seems to be a mystery as to which major to choose, but you likely have it narrowed to about 4 or 5 different majors.  You’ve done some research into each of these choices and need some help from others to determine which is the right fit for you.  When this is the case we suggest the following actions:

  1. Meet with your Success Coach to provide your list of majors and rationale for choosing each.
  2. Set up an appointment with Career and Professional Development to discover your interests.
  3. Attend programming events from the Office of Student Success, academic departments at HPU, and Career and Professional Development.
  4. Regularly meet with your Success Coach to provide updates on your status between your major choices.
  5. Continue meeting with Career and Professional Development to gain insight on career pathways and majors that match your career goals.
  6. Establish some shadowing/internship opportunities that can provide you experiential learning opportunities that guide your decisions for a major.
  7. Declare your major by filling out the necessary form in the Office of Student Success.
  8. Continue meeting with Career and Professional Development to prepare yourself for the possibilities of internships, interviews, etc.

 

This stage of Undeclared means that you have likely narrowed your choices to 2 or 3 majors, but are still working to determine which matches your career/personal interests.  When this is the case we suggest the following actions:

  1. Meet with your Success Coach to provide your list of majors and rationale for choosing each.
  2. Set up an appointment with Career and Professional Development to discover your interests.
  3. Attend programming events from the Office of Student Success, academic departments at HPU, and Career and Professional Development.
  4. Regularly meet with your Success Coach to provide updates on your status between your major choices.
  5. Continue meeting with Career and Professional Development to gain insight on career pathways and majors that match your career goals.
  6. Declare your major by filling out the necessary form in the Office of Student Success.
  7. Continue meeting with Career and Professional Development to prepare yourself for the possibilities of internships, interviews, etc.

 

If you fall into this category of Undeclared students you have likely chosen a particular major to study, but are hesitant to actually declare.  When this is the case we suggest the following actions:

  1. Meet with your Success Coach to talk about this major and to learn more.
  2. Set up an appointment with Career and Professional Development to confirm your choice.
  3. Attend programming events from the Office of Student Success, academic departments at HPU, and Career and Professional Development.
  4. Declare your major by filling out the necessary form in the Office of Student Success.
  5. Continue meeting with Career and Professional Development to prepare yourself for the possibilities of internships, interviews, etc.

 

Some of our students begin or discover a major only to determine that it is not the right fit and become Undeclared students. This is a common occurrence so here are a few steps to take if you are back where you started or beginning your Undeclared journey:

  1. Meet with your Success Coach to discuss why the major you chose did not work out and if there are opportunities to transition into a similar field or major.
  2. Set up some initial meetings with a career counselor in the Office of Career and Professional Development to break the ice.
  3. Attend programming events from the Office of Student Success, academic departments at HPU, and Career and Professional Development.
  4. Regularly meet with your Success Coach to provide updates on your status as an undeclared student.
  5. Continue to make appointments with Career and Professional Development to discover new opportunities and passions for you to pursue through your studies.
  6. Speak with other students to learn more about the programs they are currently enrolled in and what their plans are following completion of undergraduate studies.
  7. Establish some shadowing/internship opportunities that can provide you experiential learning opportunities that guide your decisions for a major and confirm this field is the right fit for you.
  8. Declare your major by filling out the necessary form in the Office of Student Success.
  9. Continue meeting with Career and Professional Development to prepare yourself for the possibilities of internships, interviews, etc.

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