Exploratory Studies Explore Your Options


Exploratory Studies provides beginning college students the best guidance and the broadest overview of a range of academic and career possibilities.  Our advising staff encourages students to proactively research and understand their degree plans of study, interview and network with student and alumni resources, and critically comb through career information.  We further educate students about the career decision-making process as part of the required EDPS 10500 Academic and Career Planning course.  Students who begin their college experience with Exploratory Studies may remain in our program for no more than four semesters. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students are also welcome to join our program, but there are stipulations.  Students must have completed no more than 30 credit hours at their previous college(s).  If transfer students have earned more than 30 credit hours, they must transfer directly into a degree-granting Purdue college or school.

Once students are admitted to Exploratory Studies, they are limited to 60 credit hours (about 4 semesters) and are required to take EDPS 10500 (Academic and Career Planning). If you are interested in transferring to Exploratory Studies, please visit the Office of Admissions' Transfer Student page to begin the process.

The Exploratory Studies Process

During STAR

The Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration (STAR) period in June and July is a time for new students to meet their advisors, register for fall courses, connect with campus resources, and scope out their residence halls. During your advising meeting, your advisor will:

Each student's schedule is unique, but all Exploratory Studies students are required to take EDPS 10500 (Academic and Career Planning). Your advisor may suggest University Core Curriculum courses to add flexibility to your schedule. Your advisor's goal is to assist you in choosing courses that can fulfill as many of your interests and goals as possible, while remaining conscious of major, degree and CODO requirements.  

During the Fall Semester . . . and Beyond

In the fall semester, students will be busy taking fall coursework, including EDPS 10500, and exploring Purdue majors and minors. Students are required to meet with their advisors for a September Check-in and then again for Spring Registration (in October and November). However, students are welcome to meet with their advisors whenever they have questions!

Because students are usually taking the courses they need for the majors they are exploring, they do not generally experience a delay in graduating. The date of graduation can depend on a lot of factors, including:

  • How long it takes for the student to decide upon a major.
  • The student's ability to meet CODO requirements (required courses, minimum GPAs, and other requirements) to enter his or her chosen major.
  • If the student is pursuing internships, co-ops, or study abroad opportunities.

CODO'ing Out

The maximum amount of time students can remain in Exploratory Studies is four semesters. However, most students officially move to a degree-granting school or college after a year or less. This official movement is called a CODO (Change of Degree Objective) at Purdue. To CODO, students must meet the intended college's or school's CODO requirements (Change of Degree Objective). Exploratory Studies students adhere to the same CODO requirements as all other Purdue students.


"I began my fall semester with a new sense of confidence and determination. I had designed a schedule that benefited me with a combination of classes that both explored various fields and complied with core requirements." -Megan N.

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