Exploratory advising

Were you admitted to the University of Nevada, Reno as an Exploratory student? Are you still deciding what you want to major in? Exploratory advising can help you learn more about majors and careers and find the one that inspires you. 

Every year about 10% of the University's incoming first-year students enter as Exploratory. But, what does being Exploratory mean? It means that you are exploring your options as far as major and career. For you it might mean deciding between two options; for others it might mean deciding between ten options.

Exploring all your options prior to choosing one is a great way to start college. Most students change their major a minimum of two times, and research shows that students who explore their options and wait to declare a major are more likely to graduate. This is because they have done the hard work of researching different areas, being self-reflective, and understanding what courses they will need to take.

We are here to help you with this hard work, and it will start with your participation in ExplorationFIT. We look forward to being your partner in this work!

Major and career exploration resources

Students looking for additional resources to help with the major and career exploration process might find the following websites and information helpful:


By selecting a meta-major you and your advisor have a place to start discussing possible majors and courses for exploration.


ExplorationFIT is a part of the NevadaFIT, which is a one-credit academic program that kicks off the fall semester for first-year students. The goal of NevadaFIT is to help students transition successfully from high school to college. ExplorationFIT primary goal is to help students jumpstart the major research process. Students will hear from the different colleges across the University, do some self-exploration guided by the Strong Interest Survey, and learn how to research careers and their connections to majors. 

Recommendations for advising

  • Recommend in-person advising;
  • Be present during advising appointments;
  • Come with areas of interest in mind to discuss with your advisor; and
  • Review the course catalog before the appointment to be familiar with the majors we offer on campus.

Speech Pathology advising

Academic Advisors in the EPAC office do undergraduate advising for all current and prospective Speech Pathology students. All graduate advising is done by faculty in the Speech Pathology Department.

Frequently asked questions