University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP) is the academic home for students who have chosen to explore their options prior to deciding on a major. UESP is very similar to OSU's academic colleges in that we provide academic support to assure that our students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree. We offer a comprehensive range of services to help students make informed decisions about their academic coursework and potential majors they're considering.

S/U and Withdrawal Deadlines are this Friday, November 14th!

Interested in changing your grading in a class from A-F to S/U?  Considering withdrawing from a class?  UESP will have walk-in hours later this week in 102 Waldo Hall  where you can discuss these options with an advisor.

Wednesday, November 12 - 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Thursday, November 13 - 1:00-5:00 pm

Friday, November 14 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Click on the links to learn more about the S/U and Withdrawal processes.

It's time for Advising!

Continuing students, remember that Halloween is your fall term trigger date to call for your advising appointment and that face-to-face advising is mandatory for UESP students. Given that there are around a thousand of you out there, we are sending this out a few days early. If you haven’t done so already, it is time for you to set up your mandatory 30-minute advising appointment. Jeff Malone, our Assistant Head Advisor, tells you how to do so:


If you’ve already scheduled your appointment, good work!  If not, don’t wait.  Our appointment slots fill quickly, and you’ll want to make sure you get an appointment prior to your Phase 1 Priority Registration date, which will be in mid-late November.  It is best if you schedule an appointment at a time when you can show up 10 minutes early as we’ll have you fill out a short questionnaire before the appointment.  Please note: we do not schedule appointments over email.  Call 541-737-8144 or stop by 102 Waldo, and we'll get you scheduled.

Once you've scheduled it, here's what you can do to get ready for your appointment:

  • As you prepare for this appointment, we want you to think about experiences you’ve had inside and outside of the classroom that have influenced your thinking about possible majors.  Also, think about other experiences you want to have in your major exploration process, and we’ll talk about how to make it happen.


  • If you are in your first year, you should review the First Year Advising Syllabus.  Some of the focus of this appointment will be making sure you are comfortable using some of OSU’s electronic resources.  We’d suggest using this review sheet to help you consider how comfortable you are already with these resources.


  • Do some pre-planning.  Look at the online schedule of classes and develop a list of classes you might want to take winter term.  Remember that you have access to the planner tool in MyDegrees.  Put any ideas you have for winter term classes in your planner.  If there’s not already a box on the left for “Winter 2015”, create one and add any courses you’re considering.  You can also record any questions or thoughts you want to remember for the appointment in the notes box.  When you have all your ideas in there, be sure to save your plan.  Please note – some of you may have locked plans.  If that is the case, just create a new plan and call it “My UESP Plan”.    We love it when UESP students plan ahead.  In fact, if you bring a list with you or put ideas in planner, we'll give you a raffle ticket during your appointment for a chance at a $50 OSU Beaver Store gift card.

Are ready to declare? Outstanding!  Here's how.

Keep up on your exploration!

We’d love it if you follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook – we try to use social media in addition to these weekly emails to aid you in your exploration.


In a declared major, but thinking about a change?  UESP can help!

It is a very common experience for students to realize that their initial major choice is not the right fit.  If that is your experience, don't panic!  UESP is here to help you figure out which major direction at OSU is right for you.  You're welcome to switch to UESP or even just consult with one of our advisors.  Either way just requires that you make an appointment.  Call our office at 541-737-8144 or stop by 102 Waldo Hall to schedule one.

Zero to Success in 77 Days

Looking to add structure to your approach to your academics?  Consider using Zero to Success in 77 Days, a week-by-week academic to do list established by OSU advisors.

Tip of the Week!

Don't forget to keep checking your ONID account for important and timely messages from the university and your instructors.