Exploratory Advising

Welcome to The Center for Exploratory Students! FSU offers over 140 majors, so deciding on a major can be challenging for many students. Our Center offers the Exploratory major to incoming first-year students who have not yet selected a major. We are here to guide students through the major decision process. Whether you have no idea what you are interested in, are torn between two different majors, or have quite a few majors in mind, we can help. Choosing Exploratory to begin with can help students eliminate challenges and major decision struggles later in their academic career. The goal is for students to confidently declare their major by the end of their first year.

The Exploratory Mission

The Center for Exploratory Students offers guidance in self, major, and career development exploration. We work to help students learn about themselves by assessing and realizing their values, interests, and skills, and then applying these to the majors FSU offers. While we believe choosing a major is a big decision, we will not leave you to figure it out alone. Our team is made up of professional academic advisors to assist with the exploration process including one-on-one meetings, programming events, and teaching our exploratory class, all to help you choose a major with confidence.

One-on-one Meeting

Our team of advisors meet with you one-on-one to discuss your exploration process, engagement opportunities on campus, and course schedules that keep you on track for your top majors of interest. They will work to provide you with institutional academic information and connect you with campus resources and partners to support your success.

Programming Events

Our advising team creates programming events to enhance the Exploratory student experience. Throughout the academic year, we offer several events to introduce and promote exploration and engagement that will support the process of choosing a major. Some of the events feature self-exploration engagement activities; others include major-specific advisors from across the university to help answer questions on majors; and for some we collaborate with The Career Center to showcase career resources. Lastly, there is always a big gathering event at the end of the academic year to celebrate your exploring journey.

If you would like additional information on The Center for Exploratory Students, please contact: Delilah Thomas, Assistant Director, dethomas@fsu.edu. If you would like information on The Center for Academic Planning (students who are exploring in their sophomore year or above), please see CAP sophomores and above.