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 and OSU's COVID-19 Response

UESP will be closely adhering to OSU's recommended protocol. See our UESP Staff List and Appointment Scheduling section for details on how we will manage appointments after March 14 and moving forward.

Please note that as of Monday, March 23rd, our physical office space in Waldo 102 will be closed and all staff will be working remotely. This closure includes our Waldo 114 computer lab.

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.