• A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.

Exploratory (formerly undeclared) Student Advising Services

In recent years, as many as 25 percent of incoming students at Hartwick were undecided about their major, and nearly 50 percent of Hartwick students change their major at least once before graduation. Many high-achieving high school students come to college without having settled on a major because they have several fields of interest and are not ready to select just one. It makes you no less serious about your education, and it places no limits on your chances for success in college or beyond.

If you are currently exploratory, you have until the second semester of your sophomore year to declare a major. This gives you time and space to explore options, take elective courses, learn more about yourself, meet students and faculty members in various departments, and make sound decisions about your major. Please see this Exploratory Student Guide for more information and several tools to help you explore careers and majors that may be well suited for you.

Please contact Joe Ficano, Coordinator of Academic and Pre-Professional Advising with questions or to make an appointment (ficanoj@hartwick.edu).