Welcome to the Office for Exploratory Studies

Message from the Dean

Students entering college are often unsure about their academic or career goals, and many lack information about their academic or career options. Others may need some assistance in identifying their personal skills, interests, and abilities. Still others may be interested in majors with highly competitive admission standards or in majors with limited enrollments.

If you recognize yourself in one of these groups, you are one of many who are admitted to the university as exploratory students. As an exploratory student at Shippensburg University your academic home will be in the Elnetta G. Jones University Center for Student Success and Exploratory Studies where you will receive guidance in finding a major that is right for you. While you explore your options, you will be taking courses that count towards graduation and, once you have declared a major, you will move from the University Center for Student Success and Exploratory Success into the college associated with your new program of study.

The Office for Exploratory Studies offers a wide variety of services to help students become familiar with academic life:

  • One-on-one meetings with your assigned Faculty Academic Advisor 
  • Guidance in:
    • Exploring Educational & Career Options
    • Understanding University Policies & Procedures
    • Learning Strategies & Techniques to define your strengths, skills, and options
    • Transitioning to college

Whatever your reason for taking some time to explore your options, Shippensburg University’s Office for Exploratory Studies provides the support and resources you need to find the right path for you!