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 Fall 2018 has started!

Current UESP Students: Phase 1 of Priority Registration for fall 2018 for returning students has started. Your registration date will fall sometime between now and June 4.  If you haven’t done so already, stop by 102 Waldo or call 541-737-8144 to schedule your mandatory 30-minute advising appointment.  If you are having issues with registration, click the "Help" image to see our Registration Troubleshooting Tips or the "Error" image to see the Registrar's list of common registration error messages.  Also, we will have advisors available on Monday, June 4 from 1:00-4:00 pm if you've had your advising appointment but still need help with registration.

Incoming First Year and Transfer Students: If you planning to attend OSU in fall term 2018, make sure you get signed up for START new student orientation!

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, 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…

  • If you are in your first year, you should review the First Year Advising Syllabus.    Regardless of whether you are in your first year or you’ve been here a bit, the focus of this appointment will be on your Exploration.  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 to the left 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 OSU Beaver Store gift card.
  • If you know what you want to declare, we encourage you to move forward on that now if you can.  That way you can meet with your new major advisor to plan for fall term. 
  • 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. 

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.

Get Support with Your Studying You have resources to support you right here on campus!  Click the images to learn more about Academic Coaching and EOP Tutoring in the Cultural Centers

 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.