If not already a major, students should first choose Dietetics and Nutrition baccalaureate degree program within the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management (NHM) by going to the Office of the Dean of the School of Applied Sciences, located in the George Street House (next to the UM Library). There, they should complete a Change of Major Request Form. Students changing their major must have a 2.0 cumulative UM grade point average. Once the form is submitted to the Dean’s office and the information verified, NHM will be notified. Once notified of admission or transfer into NHM students should follow the following steps:
- Step 1: Freshmen are advised by the UM Academic Support Center, but sophomores and higher will be assigned an academic advisor from NHM. Students should plan to meet with their assigned dietetics faculty advisor as soon as possible to develop a plan of study and begin the path to registration. Freshmen should still visit NHM regularly so they will be well informed about their major.
- Step 2: Once you are a student in NHM, attend classes and study hard! Gaining admission to a dietetic internship is very competitive, and maintaining a high grade point average (above 3.5) is critical.
- Step 3: Join the Student Dietetic Association (link) and participate in other leadership and service opportunities provided by NHM, the School of Applied Sciences, and the University. Take advantage of opportunities to attend district, state, and national dietetics meetings and conferences.
- Step 5: Seek opportunities to gain food and nutrition related work experience. Not only does this help build your resume, most internships include paid or volunteer work experience as an important component of their admissions criteria.
- Step 6: During the summer before your senior year, identify the internship/supervised practice programs which fit most closely with your professional goals. Gather admissions information, and if possible, schedule a visit with each site.