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Why Exploratory?

At Ship, we're committed to your success. As an Exploratory student you will encounter many opportunities to recognize your true potential.  We are here to guide you in exploring a variety of interests to match your passions and skills with a major, giving you the flexibility to explore uncharted waters and change direction, if necessary.  Simply put, we are here to help you DISCOVER your major!

As an Exploratory student, you are given one to three semesters to chart your course toward a major. Entering college in the Exploratory Program doesn’t mean you’ll be here longer or miss out by waiting to declare a major—instead, you will find that your experience can be fulfilling as you learn more about yourself and the available career opportunities! The strong relationships you build at Ship are one of the most vital pieces of your educational experience. Exploratory faculty provide support that promotes student learning and personal development through effective instruction and innovative advisement. 

Exploratory students begin their education by completing general education requirements and a First-Year Experience Seminar. In addition, Exploratory students can join various campus programs, groups, and organizations. We support student success by guiding you to become actively engaged in campus life and in the decision-making process to help you select the best career path unique to your personal interests and abilities!



Contact the Department of Academic Engagement & Exploratory Studies (AEES) Mowrey Hall, 2nd floor 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1395