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Exploratory Advising
Western Oregon University and the Academic Advising and Learning Center (AALC) welcome students who have not decided on a major or minor.  In fact we encourage you to explore all that our university has to offer.  There are numerous campus resources to assist and educate you as you move forward in your educational, career, and life journey.  

Start your journey by investing in yourself and actively engaging in the exploration process: taking a personality assessment, or making an appointment with an academic advisor or career counselor to help guide you along your pathway to a major.  

Exploratory Quick Facts:

  • Did you know that the VAST majority of freshmen are undecided even though most do not know it? It’s true!
  • Entering freshman and transfer students are often entirely unaware of the variety and scope of possibilities WOU can offer you.
  • The truth is, it is okay, even normal, to be Exploratory. However, it is not suggested you remain exploratory as it becomes stressful, inefficient with your time and money, and ultimately counterproductive.
  • Taking responsibility for your education and choosing a major takes time, and involves planning, researching, investigating, weighing out your options, and making a well-informed decision.

Exploratory Pathway

Understanding the process of making well-informed decisions and discovering who you are is essential to getting started. Invest in yourself, put in the time and effort required to determine your interests, values, skills, and goals and match them with your educational aspirations. In the end, the decision you make is your own!

The AALC advisors can assist you by providing you with the tools and resources to ensure you succeed; begin by completing the following recommended steps:

Exploring Who You Are

Decision Making Process

Exploring Majors

Exploring Careers

Declaring Your Major

This information is intended to guide you along your journey as you discover yourself, research and gather academic and career information, evaluate majors and ultimately declare a specific major. Meet regularly with professional academic advisors, faculty advisors, Service Learning and Career Development and Student Health and Counseling staff for guidance and additional assistance.

Exploratory References


Academic Advising and Learning Center 503-838-8428 | or e-mail: advising@wou.edu
Location: APSC 401

The Academic Advising and Learning Center engages students in identifying and pursuing their educational, career, and life goals through personalized learning experiences. The AALC serves and supports students in developing collaborative relationships that foster student success.

—Mission Statement for the Academic Advising and Learning Center

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