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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Universal Tracking and what do I need to know about it?
A: The most frequently asked questions about Universal Tracking are answered in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please visit an academic advisor in your college if you have any specific questions about your progress in your major and your status as determined by Universal Tracking.

Q: I do not like the major I am currently in. Can I change it?
A: Yes, under certain conditions. If you are in semester 1-5 (using the Universal Tracking method) and you wish to change your major within Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must meet with an academic advisor. Your academic record will be evaluated to determine if you meet the intended major’s admission criteria. However, if you are in semester 6-8 (using the Universal Tracking method) and you wish to change your major within Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must typically meet all Universal Tracking criteria through semester 5 to be allowed to switch. You should meet with an academic advisor who will evaluate whether you can change your major. If you desire to change majors outside of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must meet with an advisor from that college.

Q: How can I see an advisor in my college and where are they located?
A: Each college has academic advisors available to discuss different options available to you in their college and to discuss your academic plans and progress toward any of their programs.

For more information about Academic Advising across the UF campus go to http://www.ufadvising.ufl.edu.

If you need to see an advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you can come to the Academic Advising Center between 8-4:30 Monday-Friday to see a walk-in advisor or call (352) 392-1521 to make an appointment. Please note that on Wednesdays we only have walk-ins and appointments from 10:30-4:30.

Q: Where can I go for more information about majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences?
A: You can find out more about the college’s department, programs, and centers at www.clas.ufl.edu/dept.

Q: Where can I go for help in choosing my major?
A: There are numerous resources for students on campus to assist them in choosing a major. Please look at the information we have throughout our website to help you in your decision making process. Also visit the Career Resource Center on the first floor of the Reitz Union.

Q: I really like a particular major, but I’m concerned about my career options once I graduate. What do you suggest?
A: Please keep in mind that a particular major does not necessarily equal your career choice. Potential employers are looking not only at your field of study, but at your previous experience and the skills you can bring as a new employee. Therefore, you may want to consider getting an internship to earn practical experience in a field, or join an organization that will help you develop and refine communication, leadership, and teamwork skills. It is very important to find out what you do enjoy studying, as that is the type of major you will likely be most successful in pursuing.

Q: What major is suggested for students who wish to pursue medical or law school in the future?
A: There is no specific major that medical or law schools prefer. Students should pick a major which is of interest to them and explore the careers which are possible with that major, just in case medical or law school does not work out.

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