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The advisor-student partnership at the college level is a working, dynamic relationship. Each person gives information, asks questions, and trusts each other to ultimately help the student realize their goals. As students move through their curriculum, they will be expected to take more and more responsibility in meeting their degree requirements. But don't worry, your advisor will always have your back! 

Below are the answers to some common questions that the Exploratory Studies advisors often receive about advising at Purdue: 

What makes college advising unique?  

In high school, others were responsible for your academic progress. At Purdue, and most other colleges, it is assumed that students are responsible for their degree progress, course choices, and in-class and extracurricular behavior. To that end, college advisors are much like consultants. They are people you can count on to help you think through problems and possibilities, but not necessarily solve them for you.  They hear your concerns and dreams and use that information to connect you to helpful resources. The best outcome happens when both the advisor and student assume responsibility for their piece of the partnership and bring something to the table. To help you understand what you and your advisor might expect from each other, Purdue's Office of the Director of Undergraduate Advising has created this great chart!   

How do I find out who my Exploratory Studies advisor is?

Initially, your Exploratory Studies advisor is randomly assigned to you by our director.  Once you attend STAR (incoming student registration date), you'll see your advisor's name on the MyPurdueAcademics tab > Academic Profile section of the page. The little envelope icon next to the advisor's name is a clickable link to their e-mail address. This person will be your advisor until you leave Exploratory Studies. You'll then be assigned a new advisor who is a specialist within your chosen major.  

Your Exploratory Studies advisor may refer you to another department for further major exploration or to CODO. Here is a list of Key Undergraduate Advisors (PDF file) associated with those departments.

How do I make an appointment with my Exploratory Studies advisor?

The best and quickest way to schedule an appointment to meet with your advisor is to use our BoilerConnect online calendar or call (765) 494-0843Advising Banner.  The BoilerConnect calendar is new as of May 2017, so here are instructions for making an advising appointment.   If you call, please have your advisor's name plus a few days and times chosen to give to the secretary so she can quickly schedule your meeting. 

What is the registration process like?  What do I need to do to prepare? 

Registration is the process of selecting courses, reserving space in those courses, receiving a schedule, and paying fees. You are not officially enrolled until fees are paid.

The course registration process can be broken into three parts. Click on each title below or on the link in the sidebar for details on how you can be prepared for fall, spring, and summer registration!

Before your registration meeting

Before you even meet with an advisor, it's important to research a few things, including your CODO requirements, your time ticket, and your potential courses. Then it's time to schedule an appointment with your advisor!

During your registration meeting

During your registration appointment, you will discuss career and major goals, choose courses for the next semester, and, if you are ready, sign CODO papers. Once your advisor gives you your Registration PIN and your time ticket opens, you will be ready to register for courses!

Note: If you're running late to your appointment, please call the office (765) 494-0843decorative image.  Let the secretary know when you will arrive. Missing your appointment prevents other students from being able to find time to schedule.

After your registration meeting

After your appointment, you will have the tools and information to register successfully for courses, update your MyPurduePlan, and pay your tuition and fees.

"I can honestly say that I enjoyed all of my college experience and it started with my EXPL advisor's guidance in the very beginning!"  - former Exploratory Studies student

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