Are you undecided or do you already have a plan?
Most students who enter the College are undecided about their major. We welcome the undecided student who is curious about a range of possibilities. The undecided student needs to begin exploring the opportunities and to approach the task with an open mind. College courses are taught by instructors who are expert practitioners in their fields, and students can expect such courses to be more stimulating and challenging than what they experienced in high school. In addition, the range of opportunities is much broader than in high school, and contact with new disciplines is a great way to stimulate one's curiosity. Without an open mind, you'll miss a lot of the intellectual excitement we have to offer.
Students who enter the College with a definite plan can begin right away to take courses that advance them in their major, but they also benefit from exploring other possibilities. Many of them will change their minds about their major, so they need options almost as much as undecided students need options.
Who's responsible for this education?
The ultimate responsibility for making course selections and for selecting a major is the student's. We believe that it is essential for students to acquire ownership of their own educations, and key steps in acquiring ownership are to accept responsibility, inform oneself about options and requirements, and make decisions in a timely fashion after weighing the cousequences. Students who develop their autonomous capacity for making decisions are better learners. Advisors provide guidance, but they do not make students' choices for them.