Exploratory Studies Explore Your Options

Our Philosophy

Your Journey Starts Here

Exploratory Studies is a program that helps students discover the major that best reflects their interests and ambitions. With the guidance of our caring advisors and university faculty, students are given the luxury of a non-pressured environment to consider their future.  Each student is assigned an experienced academic advisor who is familiar with all Purdue schools and degree programs. A course schedule is created for each student specifically tailored to their interests and ambitions, allowing them to fulfill general requirements, while exploring all that Purdue has to offer. A student has up to two years they can stay in Exploratory Studies but can declare their major any time during those four semesters. 

Their entire path is not already calculated, but every single step is carefully considered. With completed courses and a deeper familiarity with themselves, students are more prepared to achieve success within their chosen program.

Exploratory Studies gives students the opportunity to test the integrity of the bridge before they cross it, measure the depth of the water before they dive in, and consider the height of the wall before they climb it.

They are explorers, and they're making something of themselves.

Want to learn more about Exploratory Studies? Call us at (765) 494-0843, send an e-mail, or better yet, make an appointment to talk one-on-one with our Recruitment Specialist, Kyle Paquin. He can explain what Exploratory Studies has to offer and help you decide whether our program is the best choice for you.


Exploratory Studies at Purdue University will be an exemplary advising program in the nation for Exploratory students.


The mission of Exploratory Studies at Purdue University is to assist and empower students to:

  1. Develop and implement individualized plans for academic success and personal and career development
  2. Make a smooth and academically sound transition from Exploratory Studies to their chosen degree-granting programs


In April 1995, the Purdue University Senate approved a three-year pilot program for beginning, exploratory, undecided freshmen students. This pilot, called the Undergraduate Studies Program (USP), was modeled after a program at The Pennsylvania State University. In August 1996, 212 students started with USP. In February 1999, the Purdue University Senate approved USP as a permanent program for entering freshmen students effective August 1999.

In June 2001, the University Division of the Office of the Dean of Students was merged with USP, adding reentry, readmit, and change of degree objective continuing students to the population served by USP.

In 2013, USP changed its name to Exploratory Studies.

"Looking back I am so glad I started in EXPL. My advisor was so welcoming, understanding, and supportive of any major I considered (and I considered a ton!). The program gave me the time and resources to figure out the correct path for me." -Meredith S

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