James W. Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling
Beauford H Jester Center, Room A115
201 E. 21st St. D7100
Austin, TX 78705-5695
Phone: 512- 232-8400 | Fax: 512-232-8418
Meet exceptional Longhorns who started UT as undeclared UGS students. Click to learn more about how they chose majors, explored careers, and discovered their paths through the university. Visit the UGS student success homepage for student stories from all Undergraduate Studies programs.
Horacio is the 2013-2014 UT student body president. Originally interested in biology and medicine, Horacio spent two semesters exploring his options as a student in the School of Undergraduate Studies and is now double majoring in history...
“The School of Undergraduate Studies was an amazing opportunity for me to test out a few fields of study that I considered for a possible major.”
Originally interested in majoring in math and doing the pre-med track, Taryn spent two semesters exploring her interests in UGS before declaring an education major.
“I would advise other UGS students to be patient and try out different classes.”
Ivy spent her first two years in UGS exploring majors before discovering a European folklore class that changed everything. Now an anthropology major, Ivy will graduate this spring and begin her graduate studies in the fall.
“Everything felt open to me [in UGS] and it’s stayed that way even now. I now feel free to experiment with classes, and I don’t limit myself to classes in my major at all.”
“[The School of Undergraduate Studies] gave me the time to actually find a major that fit what I wanted to, instead of coming into UT as a certain major, going through that curriculum and realizing, I don’t really like this.”
An international student from Mexico, Erick was initially accepted to the School of Undergraduate Studies instead of his first choice—Radio, Television, Film (RTF). As a UGS student, Erick completed core...
“When I found out I was accepted to UGS, I didn’t really know how it worked. But I just realized, ok, I need to work harder to get into what I want.”
Walter entered UT hoping to pursue a business degree. After three semesters in UGS and a semester as a corporate communications major, he successfully transferred into McCombs. He is the financial director for the...
“My advice for UGS students is don’t worry too much about it. Find something you like or find useful and study that. … Also, get involved with student organizations as much as possible.”
Caleb spent two semesters in UGS before being admitted in the College of Communications where he will be graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism this spring. As a UGS student, Caleb received crucial help from his...
“My advice for undecided students is to … pay attention to what makes you lean forward when you talk, and find a way to study that.”