Majors Fair

2020 Majors Fair

Due to the current circumstances, we will not be hosting the annual Majors Fair event this fall. We plan to offer spring programming to support students in their major and certificate exploration, and we are in the process of brainstorming options that will meet the needs of both student and staff throughout campus in a safe and effective way. We will share our plans with you as soon as details are decided and finalized. 

Thank you,  Majors Fair Planning Committee 

For additional questions or concerns, please contact:

Emily Schmidt, Assistant Director, Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS)

Michelle Jackson, Assistant Director, Career Exploration Center (CEC)


Once in a year, in October, more than 100 departments, majors, and certificate programs from across campus gather in one place to offer students the opportunity to learn more about UW-Madison’s academic programs.  Faculty, staff, and upper-level students are invited to represent their department and inform students about their programs.

If you need an accommodation to attend this event, please contact Michelle Jackson at 608-265-4497 or All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met.

Majors Fair for Students

Wondering about a major? Have questions? Want to talk to people in the departments you are considering? Come to the Majors Fair and browse, chat, explore, and ask questions of more than 100 departments, majors, and certificate programs from all eight undergraduate schools and colleges. Advisors from the  Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) will also be available to answer your questions.

The Majors Fair is a great place to start if you’re undecided about a major! You’ll have the opportunity to discover majors you haven’t yet considered,  and to compare and contrast several majors at once.

Tips to Make the Most of the Majors Fair:

  • Review the list of majors in the Undergraduate Guide. Click on each major that interests you and read the description of the major. Keep track of the majors that interest you most.
  • Narrow your list to the majors you would most like to learn more about at the Majors Fair.
  • Discover more about the majors on your narrowed list using the UW Guide and departmental websites.
  • Keep an open mind at the Fair! Even if you know some majors you want to explore, take advantage of the opportunity to chat with other programs that aren’t busy. You might discover something new and wonderful!

Consider what you want to ask at the Fair. Here are some examples:

  • What interests you about this major?
  • What do other students find interesting about it?
  • What’s the best thing about this major?
  • Do I have to apply and be accepted?
  • When do students typically apply?
  • How competitive is the application process?
  • Are there any student organizations associated with this major?
  • What would be a good first class to check out this major?
Majors Fair for Staff

The Majors Fair is an opportunity for academic programs and departments to connect with a lot of students in a short amount of time. For students who are deciding on a major, it’s a great opportunity to meet you and learn about the academic requirements and opportunities your department/program has to offer.

For departments, the Fair is an effective way to recruit students, clarify requirements, and promote events. Last year, more than 1,000 students attended the Fair and a record number of departments and programs participated from all eight undergraduate schools and colleges, representing nearly all UW-Madison majors.

The Fair is a good place for undecided students to start exploring majors, discover majors they haven’t yet considered, and compare and contrast several majors at once.

At The Fair
The event will provide a table, stick stand, and sign for your program. Staff are highly encouraged to bring handouts, candy, “SWAG”, tablecloths, display boards, etc. Students often gravitate to tables that look dynamic, interesting, and have items for them to examine. Additionally, upper-class students in the major, or peer staff can be a great addition to this event. Tables can expect to see anywhere from 10-100+ students at this event, and the overall student attendance averages around 900.

Note: there will be food and beverages provided for staff beginning at 3:00pm and lasting until 5:00pm. Name tags are NOT provided. 

Registration deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019

Questions? Please contact Michelle Jackson

Registration for the 2020 Majors Fair is currently closed. 

Majors Fair Registration