EXPLORE, ENGAGE AND SUCCEED

WITH PURPOSE

Future Students

Check out our nationally-recognized program!

If you are considering multiple majors or undecided about a major, the Exploratory pre-major is for you!

You will be part of a family of nearly 500 other Exploratory students -- the largest major for first-year students!

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As an Exploratory pre-major, you will:

  • Develop and engage in a personalized Exploration Plan

  • Align your strengths, interests and goals with one of Kent State's 280 bachelor's degrees

  • Confidently select a major within 3 semesters (by the time you reach 45 Kent State credit hours)

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Exploration Plan

You will benefit from the guidance and support offered to you by your expert Academic Advisor through your personalized Exploration Plan.

EXPLORATION PLAN


EXCEL Learning Community

The EXCEL Learning Community, which stands for EXploring, Careers, Education, and Leadership, is a Learning Community for Exploratory students. As a first-year student, you have the opportunity to enhance your college experience by participating in the EXCEL Learning Community designed around your interest in exploring majors and careers!

We know students who participate in EXCEL are MORE successful academically and in making connections with their peers.

By joining, you will have:

  • MORE Opportunities to explore with programming focused on exploration of careers and majors, leadership and academic success

  • MORE Support from the EXCEL staff and EXCEL mentors!

  • And MORE...

LEARN MORE ABOUT EXCEL

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BE INSPIRED TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION FOR YOUR FUTURE!

Our Goal is Successful Graduates! We're here to help you make the best decision for your future.

Quick facts about graduates of our award-winning Exploratory program:

  • 86% select their major within 3 semesters of starting college

  • 8 in 10 graduate with the major (or related major) they declared through the Exploratory program

  • 83% continue their education or employed within 6 months

  • Live all over the United States and take on careers in Healthcare, Education, Advertising, Public Relations, and Higher Education just to name a few.

Hear From Exploratory Students in Their own Words:

Exploratory Student Spotlight


EXPLORATORY ADVISING CENTER

The expert Academic Advisors in the Exploratory Advising Center are focused on partnering with you!

This partnership includes:

  • Guiding you through your personalized Exploration Plan

  • Keeping you on track to declare your major and stay on track to graduate in four years

  • Celebrating your major declaration and graduation

You will have an assigned Academic Advisor and you will meet at least once a semester in a scheduled appointment.

Exploratory Advising Center Staff

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

University College serves as the home for Exploratory students. University College’s departments and programs are here to support you during your time as an Exploratory student through to graduation!

LEARN MORE ABOUT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE