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 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 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. 


Fall 2021

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

We have a new name!

As of Fall 2021, Undeclared Advising is now Exploratory Studies!

Check out our video explaining the “why” behind the change.

Mid-Semester classes

If you are a current student who has withdrawn from a class or two and are needing more credits, please reach out to your Academic Success Coordinator to discuss whether or not a mid-semester class makes sense for you.

Course Withdrawal Deadline for Fall 2021

Students will be able to withdraw from individual courses until Friday, December 10, 2021. If you are considering withdrawing from a course, please consult with your Academic Success Coordinator.

Spring 2021 Registration – Coming soon!

  • Registration ready will be available in RAMweb starting 10/11
  • 10/25:  registration opens for special populations (athletes, honors, veterans, etc.)
  • 10/26:  registration opens for seniors (over 90 earned credits)
  • 10/29:  registration opens for juniors (over 60 earned credits)
  • 11/5: registration opens for sophomores (over 30 earned credits)
  • 11/12: registration opens for freshmen (fewer than 30 earned credits
  • 11/22:  registration opens for NEW spring 2022 start students


Recommended Courses for First Year Exploratory Studies Students

New Student Seminar: Exploring Major Tracks (For Exploratory Studies 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 Exploratory Studies 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 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.

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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. 

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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.

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Nancy Mejia-Arias

Human Development and Family Studies major, Ethnic Studies minor