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Undecided about a major? You're not alone. In fact, "undecided" is our most popular major. We've found over time, however, that few students are truly undecided. Most have many ideas and interests they wish to pursue in college. That's why we prefer to say "multi-interested." With more than 80 majors and 79 minors at Marquette, we'll help you to choose a major or minor combination that matches your interests and skills. We think you'll find that a liberal arts education will not only prepare you for meaningful work, but also prepare you to lean a purposeful life.

Direct entry.

At Marquette, you begin in one of our seven undergraduate colleges as a new freshman. Direct entry has tremendous benefits for students who know what they want to do and even for those who do not know their intended major. Because you can begin taking classes in your major as a freshman you get to explore the breadth of course offerings, learn more about your college, narrow or expand your interests, and discover your academic strengths and passions. It's ok (and encouraged) to start an an undecided student in any of our undergraduate colleges. After all, you might want to "kick the tires" a bit before deciding on your future major or program of study. At Marquette you'll find a variety of introductory courses, freshmen seminars or lab experiences all designed to help you in both the short term (many of these courses fulfill core requirements across campus) and in the long term (figuring out the whole major thing).

Explore the core.

The University Core of Common Studies is the foundation of every Marquette student's educational experience and consists of coursework in areas including English, math, philosophy, theology, diverse cultures, history, literature and performing arts. Our core is designed to teach you how to think, to say what you mean and to say it well, and to act responsibly. Many students pursue more courses in the core early in their career at Marquette providing extra flexibility should you choose to change your major or discover an area of study you didn't know existed.

Making a change.

If you do well in your courses you'll find it easy to switch between Marquette's colleges or to add a second major or minor. There are a few exceptions, programs like nursing that offer only direct freshman admission, but you can still choose from over 80 majors to study. And, you'll likely graduate on time even with a change of heart.

Seeking advice.

Individual advisers in each of our colleges, along with the career services center, are available to undergraduate students. Our advising resources can help you to choose a major, plan for a study abroad experience, add a second major or a minor, prepare for professional school, schedule courses and offer academic counseling specific to one of Marquette's colleges. Add the resources of the career services center to survey your interests and discover what kinds of majors and experiences lead to your dream job and inform your professional goals.

What to do now.

The Marquette Admissions staff are ready to help you answer any questions that you may have. Give us a call at 414/288-7302. You may also want to review the following:

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