One of the areas the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) is responsible for is working with undeclared students. In this area we offer a variety of services and support including: individual appointments, courses, and workshops.
Freshmen & Sophomores
In the Undergraduate Advising Center we focus on providing support to undeclared students early on in their academic career. We encourage freshmen and sophomore students to spend their first two years at San Francisco State University (SFSU) exploring various majors by choosing General Education classes in multiple disciplines.
Juniors & Seniors
For junior and senior who are undeclared, our focus is somewhat different. Many of these students are on probation and have changed their major to undeclared after pursuing a particular major. Some of these students must change to undeclared just until they can meet the prerequisite requirements for their new chosen major; others are truly undecided and may need our assistance in exploring major options.
Undeclared students on probation are required to meet with an academic counselor each semester. Some of these students are undecided and need assistance in exploring majors where they may be more academically successful. Other students are listed as undeclared because they do not have the requisite 2.0 grade point average (GPA) needed to change into a new major. These students know what major they want to pursue, but they must be seen by UAC counselors until they raise their GPA to a 2.0 and declare their new major. For more information, click HERE.
Incoming & Perspective Students
The UAC assists incoming and perspective undeclared students by participating in Sneak Preview, Orientation, and Advising Day. The UAC sponsors undeclared workshops to assist students in understanding what it means to be undeclared, and to give students an overview of the services available at San Francisco State to help them with choosing a major.
Program Components & Contacts
The main focus of the Undeclared Program is meeting individually with students. Some of the topics covered in our appointments include: exploring majors, reviewing general education and graduation requirements, providing and interpreting assessment tools (e.g. True Colors), exploring careers, setting goals, developing study skills, and discussing probationary status.
Another component of the program is offering workshops to students who are undeclared. This year we offered a variety of workshops including:
- Advising Center Workshops- The Advising Center offered workshops during the Fall and Spring semesters. Additionally, as part of our outreach efforts to “Getting Advising Early” several “Choosing a Major” workshops were given to Student organizations.
- Sneak Preview – Sneak Preview occurs every Spring semester. This event is designed to bring perspective students to the campus and offer them a preview of the programs and services available at SFSU.
- Orientation – Orientation is mandatory for all freshmen students. A large majority of incoming freshmen are undeclared. During the orientations, offered throughout the summer, the staff worked in groups and one-on-one assisting undeclared students in choosing appropriate classes and becoming familiar with campus resources.
- Outreach – As part of our outreach efforts for “early advising” presentations and workshops were given to student organizations and fraternities involving “choosing a major”.
AU 101 First Year Experience Course
The final component of the Undeclared Program is the AU 101 course that is offered to assist students with major exploration and academic success.