Exploratory advising

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. 

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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.

  • Business and communication
  • Education and health
  • Liberal arts
  • STEM


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. 

ACE 100

Designed to help you transition into college life and to assist with major and career exploration at the university. The course is a 1 credit, 6-week elective course offered each Fall term that is aimed toward incoming exploratory students.

Topics covered

  • Time management
  • Study skills
  • Decision making
  • Values, skills and goals
  • Interest and personality assessments

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