EXPLORE, ENGAGE AND SUCCEED
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 – it's the largest major for first-year students!See Our Awards
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 134 undergraduate majors.
Confidently select a major within three semesters (by the time you reach 45 Kent State credit hours).
You will benefit from the guidance and support offered to you by your expert academic advisor through your personalized Exploration Plan.
Exploratory Learning Community
The Exploratory Learning Community is a great way for you to build connections with your peers and gain access to more support through your career and major exploration as an Exploratory student!
We know students who participate in the Exploratory Learning Community 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 college success!
- MORE support from the staff and the Exploratory Mentors!
- And MORE...
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 three semesters of starting college.
8 in 10 graduate with the major (or related major) they declared through the Exploratory program.
81% continue their education or are employed within 12 months.
They 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.
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!
Interested in exploring your undergraduate degree options?
Learn more about Kent State University by scheduling a virtual campus tour or by participating in a virtual Admissions event!
TRANSFERRING TO KENT STATE AND EXPLORING?
Each year, the Exploratory pre-major is the TOP major for transfer students. Your expert academic advisor will work with you to ensure that you feel supported as you transition to Kent State University and to your chosen degree-granting program.
TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSIONS
University College, specifically the Exploratory pre-major, accepts students from other institutions (colleges and universities)! For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.
HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR YOU
Scholarships and Financial Aid
University College is here to support you and connect you to a wealth of scholarship and financial aid resources at Kent State University.
As an Exploratory student, we recommend that you review Kent State University’s Technology Guidebook for examples of computer requirements based on specific majors.