Exploratory Studies

Welcome to Exploratory Studies

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Contact Us

Main Campus

Rocket Hall 1300
Phone 419.530.3142 
Fax 419.530.3198

universitycollege@utoledo.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why am I in the Department of Exploratory Studies?

2.  How do I declare my major?  

3. How long can I stay in the Department of Exploratory Studies?

4. While in the Department of Exploratory Studies, what classes will I take? 

5. What if I don’t know what to major in?

6.  Will I have an assigned academic adviser?

7. I am a transfer student.  What classes will transfer?

8. How do I qualify for Financial Aid? How do I apply?

1.  Why am I in the Department of Exploratory Studies?

a.)  You are undecided (one of the biggest “majors” on campus). One out of five students enter college as undecided.
OR
b.)  You didn’t meet the admission requirements to be in the major of your choice.

It could be because:

  • You don’t have enough credits in math or chemistry from high school
  • You haven’t taken the ACT or SAT test
  • Your high school GPA was not high enough to meet the requirements of the major.

Once you meet the required college GPA and have the necessary college courses/credit hours, you may declare your desired major.

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2.  How do I declare my major?

Make an appointment with an academic adviser to discuss the next steps in declaring your major. 

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3.  How long can I stay in the Department of Exploratory Studies?

While there are no official limits, after three semesters with the Department of Exploratory Studies, you will no longer be eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid. Once you establish a UT GPA and meet the GPA requirements of your intended major, we will help you transition into the college that houses that major. You should declare your major as soon as you meet the requirements.

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4.  While in the Department of Exploratory Studies, what classes will I take?

See your Exploratory Studies advisor. You will be taking classes from UT’s core curriculum offerings to help you meet university requirements for a degree. Our advisers can help you work toward that degree while keeping your options for a major open as long as possible.

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 5. What if I don’t know what to major in?

Students have a chance to take our LEC1120: Career and Self-evaluation course. This course provides students with opportunities for self-discovery while at the same time learning how their individual strengths, values, and skills correspond with particular majors and careers. 

Students can also talk to a Career Services counselor as well as their Exploratory Studies advisor to find out what the competitive GPA requirements are for specific majors.

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 6.  How do I know who my adviser is?

Students in the Department of Exploratory Studies should call 419.530.3142 to schedule an appointment with one of the academic advisers. You can meet with any of the academic advisers in the department. 

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 7.  I am a transfer student. What classes will transfer?

Transfer students must submit an official transcript to determine which classes will transfer to The University of Toledo. Once this is determined, students should meet with an academic adviser to discuss course options. 

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 8.  How do I qualify for Financial Aid?  How do I apply? 

Go to the UT Financial Aid web site for all the information.

If you need assistance filling out your FAFSA, contact Rocket Solutions Central for assistance. 

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Last Updated: 11/16/17