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.

Registration Troubleshooting

We're getting lots of emails regarding registration - not uncommon this time of year.  Here are some responses to the common questions we're seeing.

1. I was in for advising, but I didn't get a registration pin.   If you had your advising appointment to plan for winter term 2015, you did get a registration pin.  It is your MyDegrees Planner along with a list of class options you and your advisor put there. If you're not seeing it there, let us know, and we'll double check to see if we can figure out why.

2. Oh yeah, that's right.  How do I access MyDegrees?  From the OSU Home Page, click the "Online Services" link at the top of the page.  Click the MyOSU Portal link, and log in using your ONID UserName and Password.  Click the "Student" link at the top of the portal page.  In the "My Student Stuff" box, click the "MyDegrees" link.  Then  click the "Submit MyDegrees" button (if you get a pop-up box with a blue error message, just close the tab, go back to the portal and click the "MyDegrees" link again).  Once you are in MyDegrees, click the "Planner" tab.  Your plan is on the right hand side of the page.

3. There's my pin, but it's not working when I try to use it.  Make sure you are using the Pin that is in the "Winter Term 2015" notes area.  If you are copying and pasting and its not working, try typing the pin in manually.  Make sure that prior to entering your pin, you've set the term to winter 2015.

4. It says I can't register because I have holds.  That means you have a registration hold.  Click the "View Holds" link you see on that page to see the source of the hold and phone number you can call to get info on how to resolve it.  There is also a "View Holds" link in the "My Student Stuff" box on the "Student" page of the MyOSU portal.

5. Okay, I'm in, but I've forgotten how to register.  Here's a tutorial to refresh your memory. Still stuck? Stop by 102 Waldo during the day, and we'll try to have someone to help you.

6. Why can't I register for more than 16 credits?  In Phase I, the registration system caps you at 16.  You need to wait until Phase II of registration to go above 16 credits.

7. The class I want is closed, but it has a waitlist.  Why is it not letting me waitlist?  The waitlisting system doesn't become accessible until Phase II. At that point in time, if there is a spot on the waitlist, you can try to get it.  Learn more about waitlisting.

8. You keep talking about Phase II.  When is that?  Phase II starts at the end of week 10.  You can find your Phase II registration date and time on the same screen that has your Phase I date.  Forget how?  See the instructions on this page.

9. I haven't had my advising appointment yet.  Can't you just give me my pin?  Advising in UESP is mandatory.  It is part of the deal.  You're allowed to explore options provided you meet with an advisor during peak advising for priority registration every term.  We distribute pins during the advising appointment.  Like we said when we emailed you at the beginning of week 5 that it was time to schedule, we get booked out quickly!  We advise you to schedule your appointment as soon as you receive that email.

10. Are there any exceptions?  We have a one-time-only exception that potentially allows you to get your pin in advance of your appointment.  It's called a Pre-Advising PIN Request.  If you are interested in pursuing this, you need to come to 102 Waldo fill out a form, and an advisor needs to evaluate if you are eligible.

11. The class I want appears to be open, but I'm getting a registration error message when I try to add it.  The class potentially could have a major restriction (i.e. you have to be in a certain major to take it), a level restriction (i.e. it could be restricted to international students in the INTO program), a campus restriction (i.e. you may be trying to get a Cascades Campus class or class that is restricted to Ecampus students only), or require departmental approval (i.e. you have to get an override from the department message). You also could be missing a key component like a linked lab or recitation. Read the error message carefully.  It generally explains the problem.  If you still can't figure it out, look up the class in the online schedule of classes and check the restrictions column or the comments column -- the explanation for the restriction should be there.  If you are still confused, take a screen shot of the error message and email it to your advisor.  We'll help you figure out the issue.

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.