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No. By taking strategic classes within the core curriculum, Exploratory students can remain on track while taking their time to make a good decision. Our first two cohorts (151 total students) graduated in four years at a higher rate than the overall Auburn rate.

Yes! Students who spend time exploring their major options are more likely to choose the right major the first time and avoid delays in graduation. The Exploratory Advising Center team will guide you in exploring different majors, academic programs, and areas of interest. You will have opportunities to take career assessments, job shadow, observe courses, conduct structured major and career research, and meet with faculty and staff across campus. At the end of this journey, you will have much more information to make an informed decision.

EXPL 1010: Exploratory Investigations I is the cornerstone of the Exploratory major. We use this course to facilitate the investigation, exploration, research, self-assessment, connections and experiences across campus, and rich discussion that makes the Exploratory major unique in comparison to other undeclared or undecided support programs around the country. The course is taught in our classroom inside the Exploratory Advising Center, making our center a one-stop-shop for advising, career support, and the EXPL 1010 course. EXPL 1010 is capped at around 20 students, since it is an interactive course where you and your exploratory peers work alongside each other to identify the right major.

On the Auburn University admissions application, select Exploratory as your major. You may also change to Exploratory at (or before) Camp War Eagle or within the first week of the fall semester if you decide to do so at a later time. To change your major to Exploratory prior to coming to Camp War Eagle, you can call the Auburn Admissions Office at 334-844-6425. Only first-year students are eligible to be Exploratory students. 

You can transition out to your major of choice at any time but can remain Exploratory for a maximum of two semesters. At the end of your second semester you must select a major, or at minimum, a college, to enter. Your Exploratory academic advisor and career counselor help you select a major and transfer into that major as efficiently and quickly as possible. 

At this time, only incoming, first-time freshmen are eligible to declare as an Exploratory major.  Transfer students are encouraged to visit Academic Support Services and the University Career Center for assistance. 

Yes. Please be sure to let us know about your VA status prior to or during Camp War Eagle. 

The Center is located in 101 Mary Martin Hall. Hours of operation are Monday- Friday from 7:45 am-11:45 am and 12:45 pm- 4:45 pm.   

Feel free to email us at with any questions you have.