At Siena, it’s perfectly normal to enter as undeclared. In fact, about half the freshmen in the School of Business and School of Liberal Arts do! Furthermore, half the students who have chosen a major will change it at least once while attending Siena. Some facts about coming in undeclared at Siena:
Some of the organizations employing Siena alumni who started out as undeclared include:
Bank of America
Massachusetts General Hospital
New York State
Saks Fifth Avenue
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. House of Representatives
Alumni who began with an undeclared major graduated from Siena and went on to prestigious grad and professional schools, including:
Albany Law School
CUNY Baruch College
New York University
Oklahoma State University
University of Colorado, Denver
University of Connecticut
University of Florida
University of Massachusetts
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Pennsylvania
University of Tennessee
How long can I remain undeclared?
Siena does not require you to declare a major until the beginning of your junior year, giving you plenty of time to choose one that’s right for you. It also gives you plenty of time to complete your major requirements in your junior and senior years. That means you can still graduate in four years, even if you’re undeclared for two of them.
How will I choose my major?
Siena is dedicated to helping students find the “right fit” major. Some of the ways this is accomplished include:
Will I have an academic advisor as an undeclared student?
Don’t worry…you won’t be on your own. As an undeclared student at Siena, you’ll have an academic advisor who will be with you every step of the way in your search for the perfect major. In addition, our Career Center will help you navigate the decision-making process and identify your skills, interests, personality and values.
Will I graduate on time?
On average, students who enter Siena undeclared graduate at virtually the same rate as students who enter with a chosen major.
What courses should I take?
Just like declared students, you’ll meet with your academic advisor each semester to plan your schedule so you stay on track and graduate on time. During your first two years at Siena, you’ll be busy with core courses—those liberal arts classes all Siena students take in addition to their major. Your core courses may even lead you to discover an interest in history or biology or business that you never knew you had.