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.

Priority Registration for Winter is Here!

Priority registration for current OSU students has started.  If you are having issues with registration, here are two documents to consult.  Click the "Help" image to access our Registration Troubleshooting List.  Click the "Error" image to access the Registrar's list of common registration errors.

Are you an incoming Corvallis Campus UESP Student for Winter Term 2018?

We look forward to meeting you.  All incoming students must attend a New Student Orientation.  Your registration for winter term happens at this orientation.  The university schedules two of these orientation sessions for winter term: one on Friday, December 8 (right at the end of fall term) and the other on Friday, January 5 (right before the start of winter term).  Sign up for one of these sessions here.

It is 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

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

  1. 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.  Click the image and download the Exploration To-Do List.  Start working on it and outlining what you have done and what you want to do in coming terms. Bring it to your appointment and you’ll be entered into a raffle drawing for a $50 gift card. 
  2. If you are in your first year, you should review the First Year Advising Syllabus.  Some of the focus of this appointment will be making sure you are comfortable using OSU’s electronic resources. 
  3. 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. 
  4. If you know what you want to declare, we encourage you to move forward on that now if you can (click this hyperlink to learn how).  That way you can meet with your new major advisor to plan for winter term. 

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 with a UESP Advisor. 


For students starting with or transferring into UESP in summer 2017 beyond, we now have a 4-term limit.  Click the image to learn more.

Did you know...

The 2017 OSU Academic Advising Award winner is Tiffany Fritz, our Coordinator of First-Year Experience Programs.  Congrats to Tiffany!

Get Support with Your Studying You have resources to support you right here on campus!  Click the image to learn more about Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching Video  


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.