The Mission of the Department of University Studies is to assist deciding students, whether or not they have a major, with the resources and personal attention needed to select the most appropriate major and to plot a course of action leading to graduation by the most effective route possible. We also strive to help improve and support the overall advising environment at Plymouth State University.
What is the Department of University Studies?
It’s a developmental advising program for first year students who are admitted to Plymouth State University without declaring a major or degree option. All accepted deciding students are automatically eligible for our personalized advising services.
This program exists to help students graduate in four years, and offers programs and advising intended to help member students find the right academic major. Briefly, we help students explore their academic options during their first year at Plymouth State.
The Department of University Studies has been active since its pilot year in 2005-2006. Each year, University Studies starts work with a group of new, incoming first year students in spring and summer before orientation, long before their first day of classes in the fall. Dedicated faculty, staff, and members of the University administration devote time to getting to know these deciding students, welcoming them to university life, and serving as academic advisors and mentors until each students chooses a major and moves on to a home department.