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Counseling & Testing

Counseling and Testing Center
Mary E. Forney Hall, Rm 306
1210 Blake Avenue
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3140
phone: 208-885-6716
fax: 208-885-4354


Counseling and Testing Center Hours
8:00 am-5:00 pm (academic year)
7:30 am-4:30 pm (summer)

Testing Number

Testing Phone: 885-5138

Crisis Numbers

CTC After-hours Crisis Line: 208-885-6716

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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Choosing a Major

Career Choices and Academic Interests

Having a hard time deciding on a career or even a direction to try? We can help. Call the CTC (885-6716) to make an appointment for a free private consultation with a professional counselor.

When thinking about a possible major, which of the categories listed above best describes you? Pick one category to start learning about the process of finding the best major for you at the University of Idaho!

You might have some ideas about a major, but you're undecided.

Tim is from a small farming community where his father is a school teacher and part-time farmer /rancher. Tim's mom works half-time at the local drug store. Tim was an active student in high school, holding several leadership positions in FFA and being captain of the high school basketball team for his junior and senior years. Tim wants a college degree, but the only professions he knows about are teaching, coaching at the high school level and small scale farming/ranching. He loves the outdoor life of farming and ranching but also knows that he probably can't make a living at it, unless he has a career that pays well enough for him to buy land. Tim has earned good grades in high school and has several ideas about possible careers: veterinary medicine and family medicine in a rural community are both careers that would put him back into a small farming community. But Tim is also interested in engineering; his high school counselor encouraged him to think about engineering since Tim had high scores in math in high school. Tim needs to find about the career fields he is interested in, to try to narrow one down to a specific major at the University of Idaho.

What can Tim (OR YOU) do next?

You have a general interest area, but need more information.

Sally graduated from a large high school where she was very active in the performing arts; she participated in all of the high school's musical groups and had leads in several plays. She was also on the high school's debate team and edited the school's literary magazine. She has always been interested in the performing arts, but is not sure that she should major in one of them at the University of Idaho. She has many questions about the degree programs in the arts at the UI and about her career opportunities after earning her degree. 

What can Sally (OR YOU) do next?

You are a "non-traditional" student.

John is not coming to the University if Idaho straight from high school. He has been in the military service for the past several years and is now interested in getting a bachelor's degree. In the service, John received extensive training in leadership development and has always been interested in owning his own business. John is interested in a possible business major at UI but doesn't know which one is for him. He also earned some college credits while in the service but doesn't know if they could apply to a UI degree program.

What can John (OR YOU) do next?