When you Choose the University of New Haven, you'll never be alone on the path to finding your perfect college major. 

Three teams of advisors and counselors work with Exploratory students right from the start: 

Faculty Advisor

Advising is an integral part of a college education. The academic advisor-student relationship is one of the most important that you will encounter as a college student.

Academic Advisors help students complete the following tasks and goals:

  • Explore Life Goals: Help students clarify their values and goals
  • Explore Educational and Career Goals: Lead students to better understand that nature and purpose of higher education
  • Provide Information on Academic Program: Provide accurate information about educational options, policies, and procedures
  • Selection of Courses/Electives and Plan Course Schedule: Plan an educational program consistent with a student’s interests and abilities
  • Connect to Campus Resources: Integrate the many resources of the university to meet the student’s special educational needs and aspirations

Your advisor will meet with you, get to know you, and work with you to explore ideas and course options.  Working together, students become aware of how their interests and skills can be applied to a variety of disciples and often are surprised to find the program opportunities available to them.  Your Advisor helps you choose courses that provide opportunities to explore subjects of interest while fulfilling core requirements for graduation.

Robert Rattner is the faculty advisor for all undecided students. Robert helps students get the support they need to make a decision about the program that is right for them. To contact Robert, call (203) 479-4162 or email

The Centers for Student Success and Advising (CASA)

The Centers for Student Success and Advising (CASA) is the umbrella organization encompassing the three major offices—the Academic Success Center, the First-Year Success Center, and the Center for Learning Resources—committed to student success at the University of New Haven.  CASA’s goals are to provide students with the necessary resources to successfully complete their degrees.   By partnering with the Academic and Student Affairs divisions at the University, CASA staff members work to create a seamless network of support services for undergraduate and graduate students.

Career Development Center (CDC)

The CDC offers valuable support for students exploring ideas for their academic career as well as their career beyond college. A Career Advisor helps students identify their values, personality type, skills and interests, using the FOCUS career assessment system, in order to narrow potential majors.  CDC offers individual appointments and group workshops to support students as they explore their major and career options. 

The center provides the full circle of services including:

  • Assessment of career skills and interests
  • Exploration of career and major options
  • Preparation and assistance in locating internships and experience-based opportunities
  • Help with resumes and cover letters
  • Interview training and practice
  • Job search assistance
  • Guidance on graduate school options

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