Freshman Studies

Freshman Studies lets you explore your interests and compare majors before you make your final decision.

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"My Freshman Studies advisors helped me pursue my interests without getting behind on my general degree requirements. But it was sitting in a psychology class they recommended where I found my passion and ultimately my college major."

Leah Hollingsworth

Freshmen Studies student and 2022 B.A. in Psychology

About this Program

There are more than 100 majors to choose from at the University of Mississippi. Enrolling as Freshman Studies allows you to explore options, find new interests, and carve your own distinct path on your way to the perfect major. Students in Freshman Studies receive the same financial aid and social opportunities as any other UM student but also benefit from extra staff support and course options to help them identify their best path to a future career.

Here are a few of the things that Freshman Studies offers to get you on the right track:

  • The Center for Student Success and First Year Experience (CSSFYE) guide you in choosing classes until you find a major.
  • Specialized EDHE courses provide guided exploration of academic success, career options, and personal abilities and interests.
  • You’ll be in good company as part of the largest cohort of entering freshmen. On average, 15% of the entering class hasn't declared a major when they arrive in August.

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    Program Information

    Program Type

    Area of Study



    1-2 years. A major must be selected by the fourth semester.



    Program Location



    Creative Arts;
    Health and Human Services;
    Social Sciences;
    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

    Required Credit Hours


    What Makes Freshman Studies a Great Fit?

    There are plenty of reasons that Freshman Studies may be the perfect fit when you first come to college. Here's just a few of the reasons we think it's so special.

    Recommended Classes for Freshman Studies Students

    EDHE 105: Freshman Year Experience (3 hours academic credit)

    Offered fall semester only

    Special sections are available specifically for Freshman Studies students. These special sections include a larger career and major exploration component.

    Designed to help first-year students adjust to the university, develop a better understanding of the learning process, acquire essential survival skills, and begin the major/career exploration process. The course also introduces students to the mission, values, and constituencies of a comprehensive public university, and to ethical and social concerns affecting its functioning.

    EDLD 201: Career Decision Making (3 hours academic credit)

    Offered spring semester only

    The development of self-awareness and career/life planning skills through exposure to theories of career development, self-assessment instruments, decision-making models, and occupational exploration. 

    Academic Advising for Freshman Studies Students

    To find your assigned advisor:

    • Log into MyOleMiss
    • Find the “Academics” box in the top left corner and click on the + sign to expand the academic links
    • Click on “My Advisors” to view the name of your assigned advisor

    Freshman Studies academic advisors are housed in the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience (CSSFYE)

    Email: cssfye@olemiss.edu

    Phone: 662-915-5970

    Campus Location: Suite P, Martindale (3rd floor)

    Some Ideas for Finding Your Fit

    Take a career assessment. 

    The UM Career Center in 303 Martindale offers assessments for $20-$50 that may shed light on your personality, interests, values, and abilities.

    You can also access free career assessments at:

    Do some time traveling. 

    Ask your parent, guardian, or someone who knows you well the following questions about what they observed about your interests as you were growing up. Create a timeline using pictures and/or words to represent your career time travel.

    • When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be “when you grew up”? What made you excited about this career? What did you imagine it would be like?
    • In high school, how had your involvement in activities changed? What classes did you enjoy and what careers did you consider? What skills and abilities were you hoping to use?
    • What do other people say you are good at? What skills and talents have you developed over time?

    Investigate career possibilities. 

    Visit at least one of the following links to explore at least one career:

    Use the questions below as a guide for your reflection:

    • What is the most interesting thing you learned about this career path from your research?
    • What did you like the most about the career you chose to investigate?
    • What did you dislike the most about the career you chose to investigate?
    • From the information you gathered, is this career a good fit for you? Why or why not?

    Interview/shadow an expert. 

    Select an individual who is in a job that interests you. Ask if you can “tag-along” for a couple hours and/or use the following questions to help you learn more about the kind of work this individual performs on a daily basis:

    • What was your career path? Your major in college?
    • What is a typical entry-level job in this field?
    • What skills are needed most for this type of job?
    • What are the rewards/challenges/frustrations of your work?
    • What do you wish you would have known prior to entering the field?
    • How does your job affect your general lifestyle?
    • If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?

    Take EDLD 201: Career Decision Making

    This 3-hour, Spring semester class explores development of self-awareness and career/life planning skills through exposure to theories of career development, self-assessment instruments, decision-making models, and occupational exploration.

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    We're Here to Help You!

    Advisors in the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience (CSSFYE) are trained to work with students exploring opportunities on campus. Our goal is to help you stay on track for graduation and find the perfect program.

    Molly Coleman

    Academic Advisor II, Center for Student Success and First Year Experience

    It's YOUR Major Decision

    And You're Not Alone


    of students enter UM as Freshman Studies.


    of students change their major at some point during their college career.

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    Are you a first generation student?

    StudentsFIRST helps first generation students transition to UM. We provide targeted services and resources to support students become the first in their family to earn a college degree. 

    Michael Smith

    Academic Advisor II, StudentFIRST Coordinator, Center for Student Success and First Year Experience

    Next Steps

    Explore Affordability

    We have a variety of scholarships and financial aid options to help make college more affordable for you and your family.

    Apply to the University of Mississippi

    Are you ready to take the next step toward building your legacy?