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1 Undecided? Find out why OHIO is decidedly the best choice.

2 I think at 18 it s very hard to decide on a major. It s important that you explore majors and get to know yourself. In University College, they really allow you to explore. Brittany Hills, senior specialized studies major, event planning Member of Ohio University Recruiting Society and the Black Student Business Caucus. Interned with Ohio University Advancement, where she has earned a full-time position upon graduation. University College (UC) guides the personal and intellectual development of the majority of undecided OHIO students as they explore majors and careers. UC students spend their first year taking advantage of learning communities, extracurricular opportunities, a first-year seminar course, the Common Experience Project, the OHIO Majors Fair, OHIO Career Services, and ongoing one-on-one advising with professional advisors. Most students enroll in the college of their major or create a specialized degree program by early in their sophomore year. OHIO by the numbers: 250 majors 1/3 of students begin as undecided majors 400+ registered student organizations UNIV RSITY COLLEGE

3 A learning community is a group of students who share common classes. It s easier to meet people, have study buddies and make new friends. There are a lot of resources for students undecided and otherwise for direction and guidance. Ryan Vollrath, first-year student, undecided major Member of the scholars learning community, Ohio University Red Cross, Open Doors, and Speakout A learning community (LC) is a group of about 20 first-year students who take a common set of courses together or share a common experience around their academics. LC participants develop a deeper understanding of course material while building relationships with one another. LEarnIng COMMUnItIES InCLUdE: LCs for undecided students LCs for specific student populations (scholars, ROTC, etc.) Themed LCs (arts, sports, LEAD OHIO, etc.) College-based LCs (Arts & Sciences, Communication, Fine arts, etc.) LEARN ING COMMUN TIES

4 All University College students take a first-year seminar as part of a learning community during their first term on campus. We have an instructor-as-advisor model, so the student s seminar instructor is also her or his academic advisor. The students make a strong connection with the instructor-advisor and with the the first-year seminar is an orientation course for first-year students that covers university resources, academic major selection, career exploration, and co-curricular and service opportunities. Students work closely with instructor-advisors and enjoy regular access to their peer mentors. community of other students. Tanya Barnett, University College academic advisor First-year seminar instructor, learning community advisor TE CHING & ADVISING

5 I went with the exploring business learning community. I wanted to be in business, but I wanted to come in with an open mind in case that wasn t right for me. From the UC 115 experience, I was able to pick the marketing and management major. Now, as a peer mentor, I want to give advice to incoming freshmen that my Peer mentors serve as positive role models and a resource for UC students in learning communities. Peer mentors organize cultural, intellectual, thematic, and community-service experiences outside of class. peer mentor was able to give to me. Renee Schultheis, senior marketing and management major University College peer mentor, member of Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity PE E R M NTORS

6 In their first year, undecided students concentrate on completing general education requirements just as students in declared majors do, which means there is no disadvantage in beginning as an undecided student. The advantage for students in University College is having With the support of advisors, academic support services, programs such as the Majors Fair, and learning communities, 85 percent of undecided students declare their major by early in their sophomore year. dedicated, professional advising and academic support. That is our promise and that is our business. David Descutner, Dean of University College First-year seminar instructor, learning community advisor CHO O SING A MAJ R

7 In the real world, people are really excited about the fact that I took the initiative to create my own major. I think it shows that I m passionate about what I do. Tim Tighe, BSS 10, music marketing and management Marketing assistant for Total Assault, a music industry social media promotion company UnIVErSItY COLLEgE degree PrOgraMS: the Bachelor of Specialized Studies (BSS) allows students to create a faculty-approved, individualized, multi-disciplinary degree program tailored to their individual interests and needs. the Bachelor in Criminal Justice is designed for students who have earned a two-year degree in the criminal justice field. the guiding premise of the program is that the criminal justice system in america can be improved by providing a liberal arts education to career-minded men and women. two-year Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate in Individualized Studies are available at OHIO. SPECIALIZ ED STUDI S

8 FaCtS: Visit OHIO s University College. Discover your place at OHIO. To arrange a visit and tour of University College, call or For info on other visit programs and to arrange a campus visit and tour, go to Travel info and driving directions: Contact Undergraduate Admissions at if anyone in your group requires disability accommodations. More than 2,700 first-year students participated in OHIO s 162 learning communities in :1 student-to-advisor ratio in University College s learning communities More than 1,400 students attended the 2010 Majors Fair at Baker University Center OHIO s Career Services annually provides some 2,000 majors and career self-assessment sessions OHIO students visited the Academic Advancement Center some 15,000 times in for tutoring, supplemental instruction, computer lab assistance, study skills courses, and advising More than 200 students earned the Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree through University College in 2011

9 Undergraduate Admissions Chubb Hall 120 Athens OH T: Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit 100 Athens OH Find us online: Join us on Facebook: ITS at Ohio U Ohio University is an affirmative action institution Ohio University. All rights reserved. UCM# M Printed on recycled paper.

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