About DGS

Our mission is to help each student find an academic path that is both satisfying and worthwhile.

About 80% of first-year college students aren’t sure what they want to major in, and over 50% of college students change their major at least once. In DGS, undeclared freshman and sophomore students will discover a flexible program designed to accommodate their exploration of various majors while staying on track for graduation.

Is DGS for You?

The answer to this question might be "yes" if:

  • You have multiple interests and talents.
  • You are interested in exploring your options before declaring a major.
  • You have professional goals but are unsure what major will best help you achieve them.
  • You want to tailor your class schedule to meet requirements for multiple academic interests.

Division of General Studies Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

In recognizing the University’s commitment to a diverse population, the Division of General Studies (DGS) plays a unique role in creating access and opportunity for a broad range of students. As the advising home to over 3,000 undergraduates at Illinois, the DGS core mission is to provide holistic advising and support to a diverse student body and foster students’ personal, academic, and professional achievement.  This process includes examining how cultural factors influence personal point of view and how that lens impacts decision making and goal setting.  We appreciate and respect the unique experiences and perspectives that each undeclared student brings to campus.  We view diversity as a strength; and challenge our students to diversify their experiences as a mechanism for making informed decisions about their futures. With that in mind, DGS is committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment that enhances the Illinois experience for students of varied race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, economic class, age, religion, and military status.