Exploratory Advising Center

Exploratory Major


College Street near the campus of Auburn University

What is Exploratory?

The Exploratory Advising Center is the place for incoming freshmen who are in the process of determining the right academic path to follow at Auburn. First-time freshmen may opt to enter Auburn University as an Exploratory Major. Exploratory students have two semesters to navigate academic and career interests with the support of the staff in the Exploratory Advising Center.  

They will take a First Year Seminar taught by their academic advisor and career counselor during which they will engage in hands-on activities, research, and outside the classroom experiences to assist them in choosing their major. More information is available on our Exploratory Major handout. All students who enter Auburn University as Exploratory students must select a college or specific major by the end of their second semester. Students who enter Auburn as transfer students are not eligible to enroll as Exploratory.

 Types of Exploratory Students

  • Students who are interested in a few areas but want to take time to confirm their best-fit major
  • Students who originally had a declared major but want to switch to Exploratory to search for a new major
  • Students who aren’t sure what majors Auburn offers
  • Students who have a career in mind but aren’t sure of a major choice

How Exploratory Works

  • At Camp War Eagle, the exploratory advising staff will assist you in selecting classes based on your potential interest areas. We will emphasize flexible core curriculum classes that maximize transferability of those credits to the students stated interest areas. 
  • Our goal is to empower you to choose your best-fit major or gain admission to your academic program of choice
  • If you remain exploratory after the first semester, similar advising is given in the Fall as well as admission into the UNIV 1060 course focusing on career exploration (1 credit hour)


Feel free to email us at explore@auburn.edu with any questions you have!

Last Updated: March 27, 2019