In There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow (2016), former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education and best-selling author Jeffrey J. Selingo offers keen insight and practical advice that can help any college student – regardless of major – identify marketable skills, find professional employment, and get a strong start on their careers.


Helpful Tip: Final Grades

All final grades for the Fall 2017 semester are due to the Registrar by Wednesday, December 20 and will be posted to students’ UDSIS accounts soon after grade rosters are received. To view your final grades, log in to UDSIS and select “Grades” from the drop-down menu.

Please keep in mind that your academic advisor does not have access to your instructors’ gradebooks and does not receive your grades directly from your professors. Under federal regulations, advisors may not discuss a student’s grades directly with a parent. If your grade for a particular course is not posted, or if you think there has been an error in calculating your final grade, you will need to contact your instructor directly.


Major Spotlight: Geography

Located in the College of Earth, Ocean & Environment, the Department of Geography offers a B.A. that requires students to complete 34 credits in specified coursework such as Physical Geography and Geographic Information Systems, as well as University skills and College breadth requirements.The employment outlook for most environmentally-oriented careers is strong. For example, cartography – more commonly known as map making — is a niche profession that is experiencing high demand. According to the BLS employment for cartographers is expected to jump 29 percent from 2014 to 2024. The annual median salary in this occupation is $62,000.


Expand Your Horizons

In order to graduate from UD, students must engage in three credits of Discovery Learning Experiences (DLE). The DLE involves instructional experiences beyond the typical curriculum. One way to fulfill the DLE requirement is to participate in a unique class over Winter session, such as ACCT363: Service Learning and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Students will receive 12 hours of tax preparation training and must provide at least 34 hours of service preparing tax returns for people with incomes low enough to qualify for the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit).

November 2017 Peer-to-Peer Advice from First Year Seminar Students

When my teacher asked everyone in our FYE class to share something they learned so far, I thought – I haven’t learned anything. I’m the last one who should be giving advice. I was a really social person in high school, but now I sit in my room a lot, and I need to get out more. I only took four classes so I wouldn’t be in over my head, but now I don’t have anything to do. People in my dorm are always studying or going to labs, and I’m just not part of that. I should be taking more classes.

I really got myself in a bind because I didn’t understand how much I’d have to do to keep up my first semester here. I missed a few classes, and then I told myself I’d start going on Monday, and then it was like time just got away from me. When I saw my midterm grades, I kind of freaked out and knew I had to do something fast. It was really hard to talk to my parents, but I figured I’d better tell them before they got a letter or something from UD. My advisor was a big help with explaining options like auditing a class to my mom.

Nothing is different about you just because you’re at college now. I have ADHD and had to take medication in high school. I stopped when I got to college because I thought I could handle it. But just because where I go to school changed, I’m still the same person I was before I came to UD. So things got pretty messed up my first semester, and then I took off in the spring. When I came back this fall, I registered with DSS. Now I take my meds, see my counselor, and go to whatever offices I need to when I have a problem. I’m doing a lot better this time around.