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Jayne K. Sommers, Ph.D.

Lucy Reile, M.A.

Grant Henry, M.A.

Jennifer Thomas, M.A.

Keywords

undecided students, career exploration, major exploration, residential learning communities

Abstract

Scholarship on students who enter college without a declared major indicates that this population of students faces unique challenges (Anderson, 1985; Beal & Noel, 1980; Lewallen, 1993), but also may be more likely to persist to graduation and earn higher grades than those who enter college with a declared major (Lewallen, 1995). Based on undecided students’ needs for academic, career, and personal resources (Zarvell & Rigby, 1994), this article describes the implementation of a residential learning community (RLC) focused specifically on providing undecided students with in-hall programming and services related to academic major and career exploration, and provides implications for future implementation.

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