Interested in the Program in Exploratory Studies? Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. If, after reading through the questions and answers, you still have unanswered questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Exploratory Studies is an independent program under the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and is home to approximately 25% of incoming first-year students. Students in Exploratory Studies are either exploring courses of study, deciding on a major, or attempting to gain admission to one of the more competitive degree programs at CU (Engineering, or Leeds School of Business for example.) Students within Exploratory Studies have the opportunity to work with highly-skilled academic advisors and coaches as they begin to navigate their first year at CU Boulder. College is a time for exploring, and that’s why we’re here to help.
Exploratory Studies is for students who:
- Want to explore the various courses of study available at CU
- Are still deciding which major(s) they wish to pursue
- Want to transfer into one of the colleges or schools on campus with competitive admissions criteria (for example, Engineering, Leeds School of Business, or CMCI)
- Have an idea of a career interest but don't yet know how to go about pursuing it
Access to the University Exploration & Advising Center (UEAC) where professional academic advisors and peer advisors can help you explore your interests and craft an academic plan to match your major/career goals and help you understand the process of gaining admission to one of CU's more competitive schools or colleges
Academic coaches to help you hone your study and time management skills
Access to specialized courses and academic experiences tailored to new first-year and transfer students:
- Exploration classes (FYXP 1000 and FYXP 3000)
- First Year Seminars (FYSM 1000)
- First Year Interest Groups (FIGs)
- Peer advisors to serve as mentors
First Year Seminars (FYS) are open to all first-year students, while First-year Interest Groups (FIGs) are available to Exploratory Studies students only.
Many academic programs can be completed in four years. Some majors require that courses be taken in a particular sequence; therefore, which course of study you choose, how soon you decide, and how quickly you can complete the requirements will all determine how soon you graduate. UEAC advisors can help you get there sooner by avoiding some of the pitfalls students might face without their help.
Students typically continue with Exploratory Studies throughout the first year while they explore their options and/or successfully complete courses required for transfer to the school or college of their choice. Students may choose to continue into the second year if they have not yet completed 45 credit-hours.
Yes. UEAC advisors are available to help continuing students explore their academic options. Please connect with our office at UEACAdvising@colorado.edu with your questions or concerns. Continuing students interested in Exploratory Studies can join the program through the Intra-University Transfer (IUT) process and should start the application process by using this form. Detailed IUT requirements are available on our Policies page.
Yes. Qualified students in the Program for Exploratory Studies can be invited and join the Honors Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Yes, transfer students are welcome to apply for admission to the program.
Admitted to Exploratory Studies?
Exploratory Studies is an independent program under the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and is home to approximately 25% of incoming first-year students. Students in Exploratory Studies are either exploring courses of study, deciding on a major, or attempting to gain admission to one of the more competitive degree programs at CU Boulder. Students within Exploratory Studies have the opportunity to work with highly-skilled academic advisors and coaches as they begin to navigate their first year at CU Boulder.
Students in Exploratory Studies have demonstrated significant academic achievement and potential. While not directly admissible to the competitive degree program of application, students possess the skills necessary to succeed at CU. Exploratory Studies recognizes there are several pathways to disciplines such as business, engineering or design. Our advisors help students identify the pathway that best matches their goals whether that be their original program of application or the discovery of a different option.
Many students transfer to one of the degree-granting academic options on campus after their first year or opt to continue with Exploratory Studies through their third semester.
Students in Exploratory Studies admitted for summer term will be assigned a University Exploration & Advising Center (UEAC) advisor during the month of March. Students in Exploratory Studies admitted for fall semester will be assigned a UEAC advisor during the month of May. UEAC advisors assist students with exploring academic options, creating course schedules and connecting appropriate resources.
Students in Exploratory Studies will graduate from one of the seven colleges, schools or programs on the Boulder campus. University Exploration & Advising Center (UEAC) advisors work with first year Exploratory Studies students to develop academic pathways for more than 70 majors and to discover complementary co-curricular experiences that align with their interests.
Students interested in transferring into the Leeds School of Business must meet certain minimum requirements, including successful completion of specific courses meeting minimum GPA requirements. To find more information check out the Transfer to Leeds (IUT) page. Note: admission to Leeds is granted on a space-available basis.
Yes. New students wishing to change majors can log into their application status page. There, you will see an option to submit a major change request form. If you have already changed your major once, please contact your admissions counselor for assistance. You are welcome to connect with our office at UEACAdvising@colorado.edu for questions before you change your major.