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New Tools Help Prospective Students Find Paths

As part of an initiative to improve four-year graduation rates, the university has launched a set of interactive tools to help prospective students evaluate their readiness for college-level instruction and select a major. The School of Undergraduate Studies has contributed one of three “wayfinding modules,” which expose applicants to myths about selected majors, sample math and statistics problems and actual writing prompts and samples for courses ranging from engineering to journalism. The Undergraduate Writing Center and the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Scientific Computation contributed the other two modules.

Undergraduate Studies’s module focuses on major exploration. Applicants also get their first taste of Wayfinder, an interactive site that assists prospective, admitted, and current students in choosing an academic major. Wayfinder offers self assessments to help students identify their interests, skills, and values; houses in-depth information on UT majors and certificate programs; and features career profiles of successful professionals in different industries.

Wayfinder Log In Page
Applicant log-in screen to the Undergraduate Studies module, one of three new tools aimed at all undergraduate applicants

“This is an opportunity to provide a formative experience that will help students decide what they will be intellectually and begin to take ownership of their college experience,” said David Laude, senior vice provost for enrollment management and the university’s graduation rate champion.

“Helping students make the right match for their course of study is a critical component of improving student