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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is Universal Tracking and what do I need to know about it?
A: The most frequently asked questions about Universal Tracking are answered in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please visit an academic advisor in your college if you have any specific questions about your progress in your major and your status as determined by Universal Tracking.

Q: I do not like the major I am currently in. Can I change it?
A: Yes, under certain conditions. You must meet with an academic advisor in the colleges that house any other majors you are considering. Your academic record will be evaluated to determine if you meet the Critical Tracking criteria for admission into the intended major. Realistically, the more credits you’ve accumulated, the more challenging it can be to change. However, advisors you meet with can still help you figure out alternate paths to get you where you want to go.

Q: Where can I find contact information for the different advising offices?
A: Each college has academic advisors available to discuss different options available to you in their college and to discuss your academic plans and progress toward any of their programs.

For more information about Academic Advising across the UF campus go to

If you would like to speak with an advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences specifically, please visit our home page for information on how to access advising services.

Q: Where can I go for help in choosing my major?
A: There are numerous resources for students on campus to assist them in choosing a major. Please look at the information we have throughout our website to help you in your decision-making process. Also visit the Career Connection Center on the first floor of the Reitz Union.

Q: I really like a particular major, but I’m concerned about my career options once I graduate. What do you suggest?
A: Speak to professors and advisors in those departments and even see if the Career Connections Center can help you connect with alumni who graduated with that major to learn about how they’re using it. Please keep in mind that a particular major does not necessarily equal your career choice. Potential employers are looking not only at your field of study, but at your previous experience and the skills you can bring as a new employee. Therefore, you may want to consider getting an internship to earn practical experience in a field or join an organization that will help you develop and refine communication, leadership, and teamwork skills. It is very important to find out what you do enjoy studying, as that is the type of major you will likely be most successful in pursuing.

Q: What major is suggested for students who wish to pursue medical or law school in the future?
A: There is no specific major that medical or law schools prefer. Students should pick a major which is of interest to them and explore the careers which are possible with that major, just in case medical or law school does not work out.