First Year Advising Center


About University Advising

We help students who are undecided about their major explore different fields of study prior to declaring a major in a specific discipline.

  • 15 - 20% of all freshmen choose this program
  • Many other students will switch during or after their first semester
  • Students may remain in the program until they have accumulated 45 semester hours.

How Do I Know Which Major To Choose?

Majors may be more personally rewarding if they have a close match to;

  • your interests
  • your personality
  • your talents
  • your skills
  • align with your values

The more information you have about yourself, majors and careers, the easier it is to choose a major.

We Have Helped Many Students and We Can Help You Too!

The professional advisors in the First Year Advising Center can help you navigate the process of deciding on a major by guiding you through four steps:

  • self-assessment
  • major and career research
  • decision making
  • goal setting

Advisors are full-time academic support professionals committed to student success. They will help you select classes from WIU's General Education curriculm so you can explore various options while still making progress towards graduation.

You're in GREAT Company

It is common for undeclared students to worry about not having a major. They might feel they should hurry and make a choice quickly, but it is completely normal to explore different academic options at Western. This allows you to make the best informed decision.