University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP) is the academic home for students who have chosen to explore their options prior to deciding on a major. UESP is very similar to OSU-Cascades’ academic colleges in that we provide academic support to assure that our students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree. We offer a comprehensive range of services to help students make informed decisions about their academic coursework and potential majors they're considering.
A student who is undecided on a major of study is considered an Exploratory Student. Whether you are a freshman trying to understand what path you should follow or a returning student changing career goals, exploring is the key to progressing from an Exploratory Student to a student with a major and home college. It takes work, but OSU-Cascades offers the support you need to succeed.
It is very common for students to be unsure of a major at the beginning of their educational journey or change it along the way. It is at this point that students should explore courses of interests and complete the Baccalaureate Core. It is also important to work with your Academic Advisor and Career Development Center to begin to develop an Educational Goal.
It is important as an Exploratory Students at OSU-Cascades that you are continuously working toward developing a plan and declaring a major that will work for you! Actively explore to determine your goals and commitments to your eduction. Below are suggestions on how to begin exploring:
Take courses to help you explore majors
Talk to Professors and students already in the major you are considering
Take a Career Development Course or Workshop
Meet with your Advisor Each Term (required for Exploratory Students)
Whether you are a freshman trying to understand what path you should follow or a returning student changing career goals, exploring is the key to progressing from an Exploratory Student to a Declared Student. It takes work, but OSU-Cascades offers the support you need to succeed.