Unable to Declare on Time?

What is going to happen?

Students who do not declare their major by their major declaration deadline will have a hold placed on their account. To have this hold removed, you will need to be able to show the college that you are making progress towards declaring a major in the upcoming quarters and you will still have time to complete your degree. This will typically involve talking with both your major adviser and your college adviser to develop a plan.

Major Appeal Processes

Typically there are two reasons why a student may be unable to declare their proposed major by the deadline:

  • The student has not completed all the qualifying courses yet.
  • The student’s GPA in their qualifying courses does not meet the cutoff for the major.

Many majors have appeal processes for students who are unable to declare by the deadline. You should talk to your major adviser to learn about the specific appeal process for your major. Something to keep in mind, however, is that if you have to appeal, there is no guarantee you will be admitted to the major. Since you need a major to graduate, if you are appealing to declare a major, you also need to have a back-up plan in case you are not admitted to the major on appeal. If you are struggling to identify a back-up major or have any other questions, come talk to a Cowell Adviser!