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Finding Your Major

Use the Undergraduate Studies Catwalk to guide you through the major selection process.

Declaring a Major

>> Read a quick overview on How to Declare a Major [PDF]

When: In general, majors may be declared or changed before and after Priority Registration but not during this period. See the Academic Calendar for current dates.

Who: Any student can change majors during the designated approved periods but certain restrictions apply:

>> Any student with 60 or more earned credit hours may not declare Undergraduate Studies as their major.

>> Majors in Colleges of Business, Communications, Design, Engineering, Nursing and the major of Landscape Architecture (all "Selective") must first apply and then be accepted into the major prior to declaring (see details below).

Where: For Undergraduate Studies students, come to the front desk in 109 Miller Hall. All other students should go to the office of their current college to begin the major change process.

What: Bring your UK student ID with you. We must see this to release your records. Also, if you have been permitted into a selective major, bring your admission notice. Proof of acceptance must be presented in order to receive your records.

How: Follow the directions below depending on whether you are declaring a selective or a non-selective major:

For Non-Selective Admission Colleges: AG, A&S, EDU, FA, HS, SW:

>> Come to the front desk in 109 Miller Hall and tell the receptionist that you would like to declare a major. You will be asked to show your UK ID, fill out an Exit Survey and then be given the paperwork to deliver to your new college. Once you have delivered the paperwork to the college you will be officially declared and assigned an advisor in that college. Music Performance majors in the College of Fine Arts must audition and be accepted before declaring that major.  Contact your Undergraduate Studies academic advisor for details.

For Selective Admission Colleges:

1. College of Business & Economics

See Admissions Standards

How to apply - Complete the application process
Now What? - If you are accepted to B&E, you will receive a notice of acceptance. Bring this notice to Miller Hall and tell the receptionist that you would like to declare a major. You will be asked to show your UK ID, fill out an Exit Survey and be given paperwork to deliver back to 101 Gatton B&E Building. Once you have delivered the paperwork to B&E you will sign up to meet with a B&E advisor. When you have completed this meeting your major will be declared.

2. College of Communications and Information

How to apply - Go to 107 Grehan Journalism Building. Get application, fill it out, and turn it in.
Now What? - If you are accepted you will receive an email to print and bring to 109 Miller Hall. Bring this copy of email to the front desk and tell the receptionist that you would like to declare a major. You will be asked to fill out a survey and will be given paperwork to deliver back to 107 Grehan Journalism building.

3. College of Design

Interior Design

How to apply - Pre-majors are only admitted for the fall semester. Go to 108 Pence Hall or visit this page to get an application, fill it out, and turn it in by the February deadline (see web site for exact date).
Now What? - If you are accepted you will receive notice of acceptance. Bring this notice to Miller Hall and tell the receptionist that you would like to declare a major. You will be asked to show your UK ID, fill out an Exit Survey and be given paperwork to deliver back to 108 Pence Hall. Once you have delivered the paperwork to the College of Design, your new major will be declared and you will be assigned an advisor from that college.

Architecture

How to apply - You must take a placement exam to enter this major. The Architecture exam is offered once a year in March. Visit this page for current information.

4. College of Agriculture

Landscape Architecture

You must take a placement exam to enter this major. The Landscape Architecture exam is offered throughout the year on an individual basis. Visit the UK Landscape Architechture Program for current information.

5. College of Engineering

Before you apply - You may apply for pre-major status if you have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, "C" or higher in MA 113, AND "C" or higher in engineering pre-major courses.
How to apply - Go to 375A Ralph G. Anderson Mechanical Engineering Building. Get an application, fill it out, and turn it in.
Now What? - If you are accepted, you will receive a notification from engineering. Bring this notice to the front desk in Miller Hall and tell the receptionist that you would like to declare a major. You will be asked to fill out an Exit Survey and will be given paperwork to deliver back to 375A Ralph G. Anderson Mechanical Engineering Building. Once you have delivered the paperwork to engineering you will be declared and will be assigned an advisor in the college.

6. College of Nursing

How to apply - Students with earned UK credit and transfer students should go to 315 Nursing Building and meet with a Nursing Advisor to discuss your academic plan. True freshman will wait until their first semester grades are posted before speaking with a Nursing Advisor.
Now What? - If you are accepted, you will receive an orange card. Bring this card to the front desk in Miller Hall and tell the receptionist that you would like to declare a major. You will be asked to fill out a survey and will be given paperwork to deliver back to 315 Nursing Building. Once you have delivered the paperwork to nursing you will be declared and will be assigned an advisor in the college.

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