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Exploratory/Undecided

Eligibility of Exploratory Status

Students in exploratory status will receive assistance in finding the correct major and will be provided academic support/success coaching during this period.

  • If a student is in a major and falls below the GPA for that major but is still in good academic standing with the University (above 2.0).
  • If a student was in a major and is still in good standing but is unsure that major is for them.
  • If a student is placed on Warning or Suspension and does not have the GPA to stay in the major or change into a new major.
  • (less often) Office of Transfer Admissions can place a new transfer into Exploratory if the student does not have the correct GPA, class rank of regular accept transfer students. The student must show the ability to be successful.
  • A student should not stay in Exploratory beyond 48 credits but may, after consultation with the coordinator, stay in Exploratory a bit longer. If a student stays beyond 48 credits they will be required to read and sign a ‘Exploratory Terms/Conditions Form’ which spells out specifically the risk of staying in the Exploratory status beyond 48 credits taking courses toward a major, they have not been accepted in.
  • The student cannot stay in Exploratory beyond 60 credits.

Academic Support and Success Coaching

During their time in Exploratory status, the coordinator will:

  • Work with students in exploring potential majors using the Jackson Career Explorer;
  • Provide students with various study skill workshops such as time management and organization skill techniques;
  • Advise students each semester using Degree Pathways and the ‘What-if’ reports in SIS for proper course selection and knowledge of different policies and procedure for successful degree completion;
  • Assist the students in mapping out their academic plan and becoming familiar with their intended new major/faculty;
  • Using Starfish/Salesforce, monitor students throughout the semester and introduce the various academic supports including tutoring offered at the Centers for Learning.

For questions or additional information, please contact Sheila_Rileycallahan@uml.edu.