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's 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.

 Current UESP Students, Priority Registration for Fall Term 2017 is here!

Priority registration for fall term 2017 is open. Check out the priority registration schedule to get a general sense of your registration date, and us the "Check Your Registration Status" link on the Student page in the MyOSU portal to find your specific Phase I and Phase II dates for fall registration. If you are having trouble with registration, click the "Help" button below to access our Registration Troubleshooting List.  If you are getting a Registration Error, click the "Error" button below to access the Registrar's explanation of Common Registration Error Messages.

It's time for Advising!

Current UESP Students:  If you haven’t done so already, stop by 102 Waldo or call 541-737-8144 to schedule your mandatory 30-minute advising appointment.  We get booked out very quickly in the fall, so call or stop by within the next week to ensure that you get an appointment before your priority registration date. Please note that we cannot schedule appointments by email.

Wait…what?  We register for fall in May?  Yep, currently enrolled students register for fall classes prior to the end of the term.  Even if you are not 100% sure you are returning in the fall, make an appointment to come see us, so we can discuss options.  It is better to register now and drop your classes later than it is to wait and try to get your classes in September.

Once you’ve scheduled your appointment, here’s how to prepare for it…

  • Where are you with your major exploration?Think about the experiences you’ve had inside and outside of the classroom and how they might be influencing your thoughts on a major. Review the Exploration To-Do List as we will be talking about it in your appointment (click to get a PDF).

         UESP to-do list

  • Do some pre-planning.Look at the online schedule of classes and develop a list of classes you might want to take winter term.  Look in MyDegrees to see what Bacc Core categories you still need to fill, or run a What If scenario to see if a major you are exploring would have classes you might want to take.  Remember that you have access to your MyDegrees Planner and you have access to Scheduler.  Feel free to use these resources to store your ideas.  Please note with MyDegrees– some of you may have locked plans.  If that is the case, just create a new plan and call it “My UESP Plan”.  If you prefer paper, that’s cool.  Bring your notes with you. 

If we see evidence that you’ve done some pre-planning or if you print out and complete the Exploration To-Do List, you will get you a raffle ticket for a $50 gift card to the OSU Beaver Store. If you do both, we will give you two tickets!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Declared, but thinking about a change in direction?

It is a very common experience for students to realize that their initial major choice is not the right fit.  If that is your experience, don't panic!  UESP is here to help you figure out which major direction at OSU is right for you.  You're welcome to switch to UESP or even just consult with one of our advisors.  Either way just requires that you make an appointment.  Call our office at 541-737-8144 or stop by 102 Waldo Hall to schedule o

Get Support with Your StudyingYou have resources to support you right here on campus!  Click the images to learn more.

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Check out EXPLORE, our new Living-Learning Community in Callahan Hall

EXPLORE, the UESP Living-Learning Community

Keep up on your exploration!

We’d love it if you follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook  or follow us on Instagram – we try to use social media in addition to these weekly emails to aid you in your exploration.

Zero to Success in 77 Days

Looking to add structure to your approach to your academics?  Consider using Zero to Success in 77 Days, a week-by-week academic to do list established by OSU advisors.