About WayfinderWayfinder is an interactive website that assists prospective, admitted, and current students in choosing an academic major. Wayfinder houses in-depth information on UT majors and certificate programs; features career profiles of successful professionals in different industries; and offers self assessments to help students identify their interests, skills, and values.
At UT Austin:
- More than two thousand students are undeclared when they enroll each fall
- More than 65% of students change their major at least once
Varying shades of indecision exist: some students realize that their chosen area of study is not a good fit, others have difficulty narrowing down a plethora of interests, and still more discover that an initial choice is not attainable.
Wayfinder speaks directly to students encountering these issues by offering practical tactics to begin the process of choosing a major depending on their unique situations. Through the interactive My Dashboard feature, students can track their favorite majors and get advice about activities to complete on campus to further their exploration process.
Instructional videos on the Finding Your Way page feature the School of Undergraduate Studies' assistant dean for advising, David Spight, and current UT students who guide users through the site's features and explain the process of choosing a major.
Wayfinder was developed by the Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling and the School of Undergraduate Studies. Development of the website was made possible through a grant from the AT&T Foundation.
Wayfinder has been awarded the 2011 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advising Technology Innovation Certificate of Merit.
Wayfinder features a major and career exploration blog and has a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, @Wayfinder_UT. Additionally, each major page on the Explore section connects students to the social media accounts for the respective college or program.
About the James W. Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career CounselingThe Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling helps undergraduate students develop educational goals in the context of their ever-developing life plans. Advisors and career counselors provide undecided and transitional students the information and encouragement they need to explore possible majors, and chart paths through college to careers. Prospective and current UT students are encouraged to contact advisors and career counselors in the Vick Center with questions pertaining to the Wayfinder site and the activities included, as well as general advising issues.
The center works closely with other advising centers in each of the other academic units across campus, as well as First-Year Interest Groups and Undergraduate Research. Explore the Vick Center site for additional information. Visit the Vick Center on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
About the School of Undergraduate StudiesThe School of Undergraduate Studies is one of UT's undergraduate colleges and schools. Students undecided on a major may enroll in Undergraduate Studies to receive strategic advising, pursue core course works, and explore academic strengths before transferring to a degree-granting college or school.
Undergraduate Studies offers ways to explore UT to all undergraduate students. Programs like the First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs), Signature Courses, and Bridging Disciplines Programs include undergraduates from every college and school at the university. Explore the Undergraduate Studies site for additional information.