CSU: Matter
CSU: Matter

You matter here. Whether you are exploring majors or working on requirements to declare a major, your story matters.

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We're here to help you.

We have broad knowledge about all majors on campus, and are here to help you explore and achieve!

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Our Location.

We're located in the Stadium! Our offices are on the East side, 1415 Meridian Ave.

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You are in good company!

Uncertainty about your major is common: 1/3 of first-year students enter CSU as Exploratory / Undeclared students. Over half of CSU students who enter with a declared major change their major at least once before graduation.

Explore intentionally

Entering CSU as an Exploratory / Undeclared student is not a liability if you engage in exploration from the start and work strategically with your Academic Success Coordinator (ASC).  Being engaged early in exploration is key.

Support along the way

Academic advising is a critical component of every student’s college experience. Academic Success Coordinators (ASCs) provide professional support and work with you to incorporate your goals, interests, and abilities into a semester schedule. 

August 2021

Exploratory Studies / Undeclared Student Advising will offer both in-person and remote advising for Exploratory Studies / Undeclared students in fall 2021.


Incoming students, Welcome to the Ramily! We are excited to meet you at RamWelcome College Day on Friday, August 20.

Ram Welcome information is available now at   www.ramwelcome.colostate.edu.

Students can view their personal Ram Welcome schedule through logging into Canvas:  www.canvas.colostate.edu and clicking on their Ram Welcome class (Students may have different small group sessions based off of move-in day and their College Welcome Activities, so it is important they view their Canvas for Ram Welcome this year).

Incoming students, please study algebra and complete the math placement tool before August 27th. Math is important for many majors and serves as a prerequisite for a lot of classes. You will have more registration options if you are math-ready.

All first-year Undeclared Exploring students are invited to register for IU 172, Exploring Major Tracks. This small, 1-credit, 8-week class will provide a dedicated time and space for you to reflect on your values, interests, skills and identities as you research majors and careers. It’s a great way to build community, get connected with an upper-division peer facilitator and staff member, and do the work necessary to declare your major.

Check out your assigned advisor’s appointment availability Please e-mail your advisor for the quickest response.

Also, please consider attending the following RamWelcome events (2nd year students invited!)

  • Ram Welcome Carnival
    • Thursday, August 19th | 6pm-11pm | Intramural Fields
  • Ramapalooza
    • Friday, August 20th | 6pm-10pm | Lory Student Center
  • Rambunctious Pep Rally
    • Saturday, August 21st | 7:30pm-8:30pm | Canvas Stadium
  • Hike to the “A”
    • Sunday, August 22nd | 9am-10:30am | Bus pick up from LSC Transit Center

Recommended Courses for First Year Exploratory Studies / Undeclared Students

New Student Seminar: Exploring Major Tracks (For Exploratory Studies / Undeclared Students)

New Student Seminars are 1 credit, 8 week courses available to new students to assist them with their transition to CSU.  Each New Student Seminar course includes an Instructor and an upper-class Peer Facilitator who will assist new students with making connections as part of their new student experience.

In this course, new first-year students will learn about academic and career options within the various major tracks at CSU. Experiential opportunities will allow students to explore academic options and determine how students’ interests, values, skills and identities fit with these options. Within a supportive CSU community of peers, students will also begin identifying their professional and educational goals and how to make the most of their CSU experience.

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Key Explore

The Key Explore Community is a first-year residential learning community serving Undeclared Exploring students as they transition into their first year at CSU. All students take KEY 192A: Create Your Story, a required Key Seminar. The Key Explore community focuses on self-exploration and student leadership.

Students who participate in the Key Explore Community will:

  • Learn more about who they are, how they make decisions, and how they work with others who are different from themselves
  • Meet with their assigned peer mentor three times per semester
  • Enroll in one 3 credit core classes and a 3 credit Key Seminar class during the fall semester
  • Enroll in a 1 credit, 8 week Key Seminar course during the spring semester
  • Live with other Key Explore students in Braiden Hall
  • Participate in one hour of structured study time each week
  • Participate in fun Key Community events throughout the year

Advice from former Exploratory Studies / Undeclared students:

The best way to find out what you like is to always try new things and make mistakes. Challenge yourself to get outside your comfort zone and be involved all over campus. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and use those experiences to learn about and better yourself.


Regina Martel

Political Science & Communication Studies double major

If I could offer one word of advice, it would be this: Relax. Determining a major does NOT pre-determine the entirety of your future. If you can think, really think about what it is that interests you most, you’ll find a way to make it happen, and picking a major will come naturally. 


Andrew Cox

Health & Exercise Science major

Don’t be ashamed, or worried that you will not find what your true passion is, because your day will come. It is perfectly normal to not know what to major in. Remember that you have a lot of time to figure out what to do for the rest of your life.


Nancy Mejia-Arias

Human Development and Family Studies major, Ethnic Studies minor