Speed Dating For A Major


As at most colleges and universities, the largest major at URI is “undeclared.” Even when students decide on a major, 60 percent of them will change their minds, according to Jayne Richmond, dean of University College. To assist freshmen in this often confusing challenge, University College hosted its first Find Your Perfect Major fair in the fall.

Students followed a speed dating format to facilitate some easy and fun question-and-answer interactions among advisors, deans, student representatives, and faculty members representing all colleges.

“We do not expect our freshmen to choose a major sooner,” said Richmond. “And there was no pressure to do so at this event. We know the selection process can produce a lot of anxiety. We wanted our students to relax, have some fun, and ask their questions about a variety of disciplines and discover what major may be most compatible.”