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.

It's Week 7!  Deadlines for Withdrawal from Individual Classes and Changing to S/U Grading are this Friday, November 15.

If you are considering either a withdrawal from an individual course (or courses) or changing from A-F to S/U grading, come see an advisor during our S/U drop-in hours:

Thursday, November 14 - 1:00-5:00 pm

Friday, November 15 - 8:00 am-5:00 pm

If you have your mandatory advising appointment scheduled for sometime this week, you can talk with your advisor then if you have questions about S/U or withdrawal.

It's Time for Advising!

We are fast approaching priority registration for winter term and want to make sure you have your mandatory advising appointment with your advisor before your registration date. We are excited to check in with you on your major exploration!  Here are the steps to getting your appointment if you haven’t already done so.

  1. Log into Canvas. Go to the UESP Canvas Studio Site and complete the “UESP Pre-Appointment Questions: Planning for Winter Term 2020” questionnaire that you see in the “Quizzes” section.  This will take just a few minutes. If you haven’t accepted your UESP Canvas Studio site invitation, you’ll need to do that first.  (If you don’t see the page or an invitation, please email Kerry Kincanon at
  2. Schedule your appointment!  You can schedule with your UESP Advisor online through Handshake or by calling 541-737-8144 or by stopping by our front desk in 102 Waldo Hall.  See instructions below for details on how to schedule with Handshake.



Not sure who your assigned advisor is in UESP?  Log into MyDegrees, and you'll see your advisor's name listed on the Degree checklist. See the image to the right.

Online Appointment Scheduling!

You can now schedule your appointments with your advisor using the Handshake platform.  Handshake is used by the Career Development Center as an interface to career opportunities and resources, and it also has an appointment scheduling tool.  They have graciously allowed us to jump on board and allow our student to use this tool to schedule appointments with us.

Here are instructions on how to use Handshake for UESP appointment scheduling.     

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, stop by 102 Waldo Hall, or use Handshake (see instructions above) to schedule with a UESP Advisor.

Did you know?...UESP Advisor Office Hours

Current UESP students, your UESP advisor has an office hour each week where they are available to answer quick questions on a drop-in basis.  See our staff list for specifics. 

Jump start your Major Exploration!

Need some ideas for how to explore? Click the image on the left to download UESP's Exploration To-Do List.


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.

Check out our EXPLORE Living-Learning Community in Callahan Hall


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.