Welcome to the University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP)

Whether you're an incoming first-year student or are hoping to change your major, we have plenty of resources to help you find the right degree program and make the most out of your time at Oregon State University.

UESP Advising for Fall Term 2020 and Winter Term 2021

Per the recommended protocol, UESP advisors will continue to advise remotely. See our UESP Staff List and Appointment Scheduling section for details on getting an appointment.

Additional Fall Term Details
  • Waldo Hall will technically be open, but our Waldo 102 office suite will only be open limited hours from 10:00 am - Noon and 1:00 - 3:00 pm on Monday through Friday. Currently, we do not have plans to open our Waldo 114 computer lab for public use.
  • For your safety and the safety our staff on site, if you visit our office in person, please wear a mask, and please refrain from visiting in person if you are feeling ill.
  • We will have staff available to answer phones from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Our phone number is 541-737-8144
  • Our preferred appointment medium will be Zoom, but we can also meet via Microsoft Teams if that works better for you. Also, if your circumstances require it, we can accommodate an in-person advising appointment. Please call our office for more details.

Current OSU Corvallis Students

UESP Ecampus

Prospective Students/New to OSU

Parents & Family

Exploration This Week

What is UESP?

The 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 Oregon State's academic colleges, as 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.

View UESP's annual reports.

What if I've Already Declared a Major?

It's a very common experience for students to realize that their initial major choice is not the right fit. If that's your experience, don't panic! UESP is here to help you figure out which direction is right for you. You're welcome to switch to UESP or even just consult with one of our advisors. Either way only requires that you make an appointment. Contact our office or use Handshake to schedule with a UESP advisor. Please note, we have a 4-term limit for a student's time in UESP.