Exploratory Program

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.


Steps to Appreciative Advising

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Make a positive first impression with the student,

build rapport, and create a safe and welcoming space.

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Ask positive open-ended questions that help

advisers learn about students' strengths, skills,

and abilities.

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Inquire about students' hopes and dreams

for their futures.

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Co-create a plan for making their dreams a reality.

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The student delivers on the plan created during

the Design phase and the adviser is available to

encourage and support students.

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Advisers and students alike need to set their

own internal bars of expectations high.

Programs/ Timelines

  1. Fall Orientation Advising Meeting (August)

  2. Kick-off Exploratory Social (September)

  3. Freshman Advising Meeting (October)

  4. One-On-One Advising Meeting (October)

  5. One-On-One Advising Meeting (March)

  6. Declaration Celebration (April)

Meta Majors


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 and 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 and Government, Environment and

Sustainability, Criminal Justice, Anthropology

Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Management,

Marketing, Finance, Economics


Guided Pathways to Success

Beware Before you declare!

To Graduate in four complete in your first year...

  • Gateway Math and English courses
  • 9 program credits from your area of interest
  • 15 credits your first semester
  • 30 credits by the end of your freshman year


The Academic Resource Center at Western Colorado University is excited to offer students the opportunity to learn about their strengths through Gallup's StrengthsQuest.

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 their greatest talents -- 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 2 million people at 600 schools and universities achieve academic, career, and personal success.

To participate in StrengthsQuest, you must abtain 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

Dewey Color System



The Dewey Color System assessments provide 2 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.