The Exploratory Program is a student-centered collaboration between undeclared students and the Academic Resource Center that provides a seamless transition from college entry to major declaration. This program empowers students to discover their interests, values and strengths to find a major that aligns with their career and life goals.
I Advise, You Decide!
Steps to Appreciative Advising
Make a positive first impression with the student, build rapport and create a safe and welcoming place.
Ask positive, open-ended questions that help advisers learn about their students' strengths, skills and abilities.
Inquire about students' hopes and dreams for their futures.
Co-create a plan for making their dreams a reality.
The student delivers on the plan created during the Design phase, and the advisor is available to encourage and support students.
Advisors and students alike need to set their own internal bars of expectations high.
Fall Orientation Advising Meeting (August)
Kickoff Exploratory Social (September)
Freshman Advising Meeting (October)
One-on-One Advising Meeting (October)
Meta Major Dinners with Faculty (November and December)
One-on-One Advising Meeting (March)
Declaration Celebration (April)
Exploratory students will choose one of the following at orientation
Art, Film, PR, Music, Graphic Design, Theatre, English, Philosophy, Spanish
Biology, Math, Physics, Pre-Engineering, Geology, Chemistry, Information Security, Computer Science, Ecology and Wildlife Biology, Pre-Med, Health Sciences.
K-12 and Secondary Licensure, Elementary
Sport Management, Outdoor Education and Leadership, Physical Education, Clinical, Health and Fitness, Exercise Science
Sociology, History, Psychology, Geography, Politics & Government, Environment & Sustainability, Criminal Justice, Anthropology
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, Finance, Economics
Guided Pathways to Success
To Graduate in Four Years Complete the Following in Your First Year:
- Gateway Math and English courses
- Nine program credits from your area of interest
- 15 credits your first semester
- 30 credits by the end of your freshman year
From the StrengthsQuest website:
StrengthsQuest is a development and engagement program designed to help high school and college students, educators, and staff members achieve success in academics, career, and life. StrengthsQuest gives students and educators the opportunity to develop strengths by building on the way in which they most naturally think, feel and behave as unique individuals. Grounded in Positive Psychology and the Clifton StrengthsFinder, StrengthsQuest has helped more than two million people at 600 schools and universities achieve academic, career and personal success.
To participate in StrengthsQuest, you must obtain an access code from your undeclared advisor in the ARC.
Once you complete the StrengthsFinder assessment, you can meet with one of the ARC advisors to review your results. We're excited to work with you as you navigate through your Strengths journey
The Dewey Color System assessments provide two different career selection tests. Each assessment only takes a couple of minutes and is based on color selections as opposed to a traditional question approach. The reports you receive will provide you with an extensive list of professions that might work well with your personality type.