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About Us

University Exploration is Ohio State’s advising unit for undeclared undergraduate students housed in Undergraduate Education. University Exploration has been in existence since Ohio State dissolved its University College. Exploration was retained to meet the needs of undecided students and initially was part of advising services in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2008, University Exploration moved to Undergraduate Education to reflect the unit’s work with students to select majors across colleges and disciplines.

We have established Learning Outcomes for all students who enroll in our unit.  In addition, you can view our advising syllabus and timeline which outline responsibilities of students, advisors and give an overview of what to expect each semester. ​

Strategic Vision of University Exploration

University Exploration will be the premiere advising program for undecided students in the nation, focusing on students first and efforts to assess, enhance and invigorate advising services for new generations of students.

Strategic Mission of University Exploration

University Exploration advances Ohio State's educational mission by providing holistic, intentional, personalized and collaborative advising to a diverse student population. We promote all majors, minors, and curricular options to help students connect their skills, interests and values to curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and transition to majors. The process of advising helps students maximize their opportunities, supports academic decision making, and leads to timely completion of the desired degree(s).

Shared Values & Beliefs

We value:

  • Individual students; their skills, interests and needs

  • The decision students make to engage in intentional academic self-discovery

  • Exposure to majors through a variety of means and experiences

  • Relationships built between students and advisors that aid in academic planning

  • Collaboration that helps students explore the multitude of available degree options and allows students to meet with representatives from every college/school

  • Diversity in our community

  • Active contribution to the university community and our ability to support students and other divisions across all Ohio State campuses

  • Effective use of technology to enhance services and provide greater access to information and advising services

We believe:

  • Students are entitled to work with advisors who are invested in understanding them as individuals and helping them explore and choose rewarding majors that fit their skills and interests

  • Students deserve accurate, respectful and timely assistance available in a variety of formats

  • Holistic advising enhances the university and reduces complications for students

  • Academic advising is critical in assisting students in the establishment of their academic and career goals and in selecting appropriate courses for major and career exploration

  • Academic advising challenges students to reach their academic potential

  • Academic advising assists students in navigating the organizational complexities of university systems, maximizing university resources, and resolving problems they encounter

  • Academic advising encourages degree completion and minimizes hurdles to timely degree progress

  • Academic advisors serve as role models and mentors ​​