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Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies

Exploratory Advising Center
Lake Hall Annex


The Exploratory major affords a tremendous opportunity for students to discover, create, and learn about themselves, majors, and careers. Students who are exploring majors, have yet to select a major, or wish to change their major benefit from the guidance, advising and support offered in the Exploratory Advising Center. Beginning with the required introductory course during the first semester of classes (US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience), academic advisors and faculty assist students in choosing a focus in one of 13 broad interest areas: business; communications, journalism and media; computers, mathematics and information sciences; design; education and teaching; biological sciences, health and wellness; human services and social sciences; languages, literature and culture; government, public policy and justice; visual and performing arts; physical sciences and the environment; sport, recreation and hospitality; and aeronautics, applied engineering and technology.

Because a degree cannot be earned while in the exploratory major, it is important that students declare a major or have an approved plan for major declaration by the time they have earned 45 semester hours to facilitate timely progress toward a degree.

To assist students in making informed major choices by the time they reach 45 credit hours, all Exploratory students participate in the Exploration Plan.  There are six main components of the Exploration Plan that students participate. Students will:

  • Select one of 13 Exploratory Concentrations at the point of application to Kent State University
  • Take US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience (this class may be themed to a concentration area)
  • Enroll in a course, paired with US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience
  • Complete the Career Maturity Inventory
  • Meet with assigned academic advisor twice the first semester, and at least one other each semester thereafter
  • Complete US 20020 Career Navigation: Constructing Possibilities

Each exploratory student is assigned an academic advisor who monitors academic progress and assists the student in choosing a degree program. Academic advisors also encourage students to take advantage of specialized advising, workshops and other university resources in developing career goals and making informed decisions. Exploratory academic advisors are housed in the Exploratory Advising Center; students have a minimum of one required meeting with an advisor each semester during the first year of study.



Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students
Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students..