What is an Exploratory Student?

Unsure of which major best fits you? It is perfectly normal to not know what you want to study in college. You may not have all the information you need to choose a major, or maybe you just need more time to learn about your strengths, interests, and values. Exploratory/Undeclared students are those who have not yet decided on a college major. Advising is not mandatory, but highly encouraged, especially for Exploratory/undeclared students! Want to declare your major as an exploratory/undeclared student? Click here.


Appointments & Drop-Ins

**We are currently doing appointments virtually through MS Teams (preferred) and in person.**

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Choose a Major

Exploratory Guides

MBA Master of Business MBA Master of Business

Business Leadership and Management

Business Leadership and Management Guide
An art student wears a face covering while painting a class project.

Design, Creativity, Media, and Performance

Design, Creativity, Media, and Performance Guide
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Earth and the Environment

Earth and the Environment Guide
Health profession students studying

Health, Human Behavior, and Allied Professions

Health, Human Behavior, and Allied Professions Guide
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Language, Culture, and Meaning

Science Dept. Photos

Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, and Mathematics

Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, and Mathematics Guide
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Society, Identity, and Justice

Society, Identity, and Justice Guide

Tips for Success

Tips for Success

  • Check out our Student Resource guide!
  • Attend and participate in class 
  • Check your MSU Denver email regularly 
    • When emailing, ALWAYS include your name and 900/901# 
  • Have fun exploring (it’s okay to change your major!) 
  • Write down/keep track of important dates & deadlines (syllabus, university calendar, etc.) 
  • Register early (HINT: meet with an advisor every semester for guidance!) 
  • Ask for help! 
  • Take advantage of campus resources, including your advisor 

Important Tips

  • Complete your Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy requirements by your first 30 credits 
  • Check your MSU Denver email regularly
  • Meet with your Undeclared advisor at least once per semester to develop an academic plan
  • Strive to get a 2.0 GPA or higher

Guide to Withdrawing

Come Talk with Exploratory Advising

Come talk to the Stop Out and Retention Team in Exploratory Advising located in Jordan Student Success Building, Suite 170 to discuss with us your plans for withdrawal. We are here to help you navigate what you’re experiencing and ensuring you have all the information to make this important decision. Please review each section below to discuss your plans with the Stop Out and Retention Team.

Steps to Take Before You Go

Office of the Registrar's Drop and Withdrawal Instructions and Deadlines

Career Planning Resources

Student Resources @ the C2Hub

The C2Hub offers a variety of resources to support you no matter where you are in your career journey. Click the link below to learn more.

Career Planning Resources

The Career Readiness Team has a wealth of resources to support your career planning journey. Click the link below to explore resources like careers by major and the career planning timeline.

Exploratory Advising Resources

The Exploratory Advising team has curated resources to guide you through the process of discovering your interests and aligning them with a major. Click the link below to review the Major and Career Exploratory Guide.


Remember to check CareerLink for a variety of C2Hub events, jobs, and internships using the link below.

Want to connect with Exploratory Advising?

Use the link below to schedule an appointment.

Book an Appointment with Exploratory Advising

Location: Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB) Suite 170

Phone: (303) 615-2025

Email: [email protected]


Need help making an appointment with us through Navigate! Check out this how-to video!