Can my student graduate on time, typically in four-years, if they are undeclared or want to explore majors?
Absolutely! The National Center for Education Statistics found that a typical U.S. college student will change their major three times over the course of their college career. Students who complete the Major Exploration Program with the Knights Major Exploration Center will explore their skills and interest before declaring a major. This exploration period at the beginning of their education means a student is less likely to change their major after declaring and be on track to complete their degree on time.
How can I help my student during the exploration process?
Encourage your student to take responsibility for exploring majors and participate in the process by utilizing campus resources and keeping an open mind. Support your student by openly sharing your experience in the working world to offer insight. It is important that you avoid selecting a major for your student and focus on their academic interests and strengths to help them make the best major selection for themselves. Continue to share important information regarding the major exploration process and reassure them that they will get out of it what they put in.
How do students determine who their advisor is (or what office they should contact)?
How high should a student's GPA be to go to medical school?
The average GPA for students who enrolled in medical schools (M.D.) last year (2019) was 3.73.
Is "Pre-Med" or "Pre-Law" a major?
No, “Pre-Med” and “Pre-Law” are not majors at UCF, nor are they majors at most colleges/universities around the country. A student in any major can be “Pre-Med” or “Pre-Law” if they have a goal to attend medical school or law school after they graduate. Additionally, at UCF, we use the term “Pre-Health” instead of “Pre-Med” to cover a broader range of career goals in the health professions than just medical school.
My student does not know what major she wants to pursue. Where can my student receive help?
What kind of academic advising is available to my student who is unsure of their program and wants to explore majors?
Any current undergraduate student interested in exploring majors at UCF can meet with an Academic Advisor in the Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center (KMETC). All KMETC advisors are trained in the General Education Program and have a working knowledge of the major at UCF. So not only can they assist your student through the major exploration process, they can students in making academic decisions like course selection.
What major should my student select if they want to go to law school or to a health professional school like medical school or dental school?
For health professional schools like medical school or dental school, students can select ANY major. We recommend they select a major with courses they find the most interesting. The health professional schools do require students to complete specific prerequisite courses in the sciences though. The most popular majors for Pre-Health students at UCF are (listed alphabetically):
- Biomedical Sciences
- Health Sciences
For law schools, students can also select ANY major. We recommend they select a major with courses they find the most interesting. Unlike health professional schools, law schools do not require students to complete specific prerequisite courses, so any major and any courses are OK with the law schools. The most popular majors for Pre-Law students at UCF are (listed alphabetically):
- Criminal Justice
- Legal Studies
- Political Science
Who can prospective students contact to learn about UCF degree programs?
Will the Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center continue to advise my student once they have declared a major?
Once a student declares a major, the academic advisor in the Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center will refer the student to the appropriate college for their academic advising in that college.